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The author subtly juxtaposes the poverty in the factory and in the society more generally with the excesses of the footballing world which the children so admire. The poorly paid labourers, the uncomfortable working conditions, the tyrannical foreman with his rotan, the punishments, the blood, the sweat, the tears. There is a lot of focus on the situation seeming near to impossible at first sight and the people in the audience thinking he won't manage it, yet we still see the football player just concentrating so intently despite all the difficulties and he does eventually score the penalty. There aren't many books for children aged 9+ about the Indonesian islands and I found the Grandmothers' stories that mixed the old time and now nostalgic and interesting.

The child-labour described in this story remind us that there are parts of the world where education is a luxury; children have bring in money to support the family. It is focused on ambition; it's focused on following dreams; it's focused on the injustice of a legal system, among many other things. Family and friends always coming first, it is arguably a bit cliched, but I like the message it gives. He and his friends work in a shoe factory where they are beaten if they fail to fill their daily quota. The book shows his struggles trying to earn some money to support his family and to make it is a professional footballer.

Even with his family in poverty, surrounded by crime lords and unsettling people, he plays in the streets of Malaysia until dark.

This is a book which will need to be read with younger readers; parents will need to be on hand to explain and reassure. Outline of the Book: Budi is going to play for the biggest team in the world, instead of making shoes every day but one unlucky kick brings his whole world crashing down. In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat), a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, to look back on his amazing life and career.Overall, I would absolutely give this book a thumbs up because I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. But one unlucky kick brings Budi’s world crashing down, because now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in all Jakarta. I would definitely recommend this story as an eye-opener as well as a heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale. It makes you laugh and cry, devastates you and gives you hope, and leaves you wanting to change the world.

He handed it to me to read first though because I'm a faster reader than him and love football just as much, haha.By night he spends time with his parents and grandmother in their tiny apartment, plays football with his friends, role-playing his favourite Real Madrid player or watching matches on a damaged television set with his friend Rochy. However, the young boy tries it and the people set up a net for him to jump down into but he never finds the confidence until he drinks the coconut milk and then he feels confident enough to look past all the dangers and jump down. Budi lives in a poor part of Jakarta and dreams of being a star soccer player like his idol Kieran Wakefield. Namun kesialan terjadi, belum dapat merasakan gurihnya rendang buatan ibunya, Budi malah harus berurusan dengan Naga karena satu tendangannya yang menyalang ke rumah 'Preman' Jakarta itu, mantan napi Nusa Kambangan yang menyeretnya pada komplotan mereka untuk melakukan aksi yang jelas berlawanan dengan kerjaannya— ya dia harus melakukan itu demi menyelamatkan dirinya 'hidup-hidup' dari si Naga sialan itu.

I've only been to Indonesia a couple of times and cannot vouch if those words are truly used in Indonesia but some of the words are not what we use in Singapore. He tells Budi that if he fails to deliver, then his family will be evicted and they will have to go and live in the slums.It sums up the entire book really well and leaves the reader with a sense of joy, as if the story had been complete. Mitch Johnson brings the Indonesian city of Jakarta to life in this gripping adventure, full of twists, turns and inspiring bravery against the odds.

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