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The Starting Eleven

By David Skuy

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Cody is no longer the kid with cancer, or the soccer player always sitting on the bench as a substitute. Then everything changes when a skilled younger player is added to the team, bringing the chance for Cody and some of the Lions to get called up to an elite team. Plus, Cody has to face down bully Timothy from rival soccer team the Storm once and for all, help Mandy deal with her family troubles — and figure out what Cody Dorsett really wants. Following the characters who appear in his very successful novels Striker and The Beautiful Game, The Starting Eleven completes David Skuy's trilogy.


Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2017

"Skuy's story about Cody encompasses soccer, racism, mental illness, the meaning of friendship, bullying ... and more. With some well-described, exciting moments during games, The Starting Eleven covers a lot of ground at a good pace both on and off the soccer pitch."

- Karen Rankin, CM Magazine

"Skuy's knowledge about the game of soccer and team play is the scaffolding on which this novel is built. The game action is exciting and well written and that is what carries the story. The sequences that have anything to do with soccer and Cody's relationship with his teammates or his thinking about the game - riveting. Frankly, if Cody grows into the character I'm coming to expect, I'll be glad if Skuy follows his storyline into Premier."

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 216 pages
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411326
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 216 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411333
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032150, JUV039060, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 12
Lexile Reading Level: 500L
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.5


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