'There was only one thing for it. Calum took three massive steps forward and threw himself head first at the ball. At full stretch, he nodded the ball goalwards. It flew across the diving keeper and into the back of the net!
He lay for a second on the warm Astroturf smiling until a shadow appeared over him.
"I didn’t know you could head the ball!" Leo grinned down at Calum with his arm outstretched.
"I didn’t have much choice with a cross like that!" Calum laughed.
Don't miss a minute of the non-stop action as 10-year-old Calum Ferguson struggles to settle into a new town whilst fighting for his place on the school soccer team. Scotland Stars F.C. books are packed with excitement on and off the field, as well as loads of extras like character cards to collect and soccer tips, puzzles and games.
Calum has just moved to Caleytown from the Scottish Highlands and is worried he won't fit in. That is, until he finds out from soccer-mad new pals Leo and Erika that a new boys' football team is starting at school. Calum is determined to impress the coach and make it onto the team, but two things stand in his way: a pair of decent boots, and the coach's son, striker Jordan McPride. . .
"Praise for Calum's New Team (Book 1):
'Nice writing style and no embarrassing stuff. You only need to like soccer. And to be able to sympathise with a boy who has to use his dog as goalie [not very good at defending the goal] when he plays all alone.'
'... the love for the game and for literacy shines through the text. It's easy to read, with a manageable vocabulary and a plot that moves along quickly and realistically. Interspersed with zazzy illustrations... and complete with trading cards inside, this is a young football fan's dream story.'
'The books are not only well-written but also superbly illustrated... the stories themselves are also entertaining and substantial, ideal for parents to read to their kids or for young readers beginning to discover the joys of reading to discover on their own.'
– Celtic View