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The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

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When Jaz finds a leaflet advertising a girls’ football tournament, she seizes the opportunity to take back some control.

Also by the end of the book Jaz is facing up to her fears and realising that when things go wrong around her, it isn’t her fault. She has been in trouble at school, kicked out of dance club and is dealing with the growing cracks in her parents’ relationship, culminating in a house fire and her mum eventually moving out. This is the first in the author's new 'Dream Team' series and future books will each focus on another of Jaz's friends. But quote of the book for me comes from Jaz's mum who uses Jenga as a great analogy - "If you make one wrong move with your piece, then all your hard work comes tumbling down.

The Author Priscilla Mante says of the book, “Girls’ football and women’s football don’t get the attention they should do and it was really important for me, through Jas, to challenge the status quo.

A story of real life issues from a child’s point of view, I love the realistic events that occur in this story but most of all how strong minded and determined young Jaz is, her relationship with her family and her friends can only be described as true to life which makes the book relatable for all!

I gazed up at the luminous purple stars on my white ceiling and wished hard that I could be like one of them.

The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. Will the Bamrock Stars be up to the challenge and even if they are, will their success be enough to bring her family back together? She faces many challenges including lack of funding and difficulty accessing resources for training, but she is determined to see her new team succeed.Determined to fix everything, she creates her own girl's football team to be the star her mum always wanted.

You don't need to be a soccer(football) player or even know much about the sport to enjoy this story!She likes Dad's homemade pizza, she wants Mum to pay some attention, and her sights are set on football stardom. Telling the rags-to-riches tale of Bramrock Primary's first girls' football team, the novel is full of diverse characters who break plenty of sterotypes. After spotting a flyer for a local girls’ football tournament, Jaz convinces a group of her classmates to form a team and enter the competition. It’s such a heartwarming read that deals with some hard subjects such as sexism, self-doubt and family problems.

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