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Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and Football

Tom Gates meets Football Academy.

Author Dave Cousins

Suitable for:  Boys and girls aged 8-11.

Price:  £6.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273659-8
Publication date: 01/05/2014
Paperback: 224 pages

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Charlie is the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy. He eats, sleeps, and breathes football. But when Colts steal all of North Star's best players, it's up to Charlie and his friends to save the team . . .
Told in Charlie's own words and doodles - this book will make you laugh, groan, and cheer!

This page was last updated on 17 February 2019 at 04:30 GMT


  • Got a young football fan who struggles to engage in books? Give him, or her, this and things may well change! - Parents in Touch
  • A must-read for all young football fans - Parents in Touch
  • There are so many good things to say about this book! The illustrations make the characters' personalities come to life, and the variety of styles used to tell the story make for wonderful little surprises with every turn of the page. - Bridget Hamlet, The School Librarian Journal
  • Sure to get boys, girls and football mad kids reading in the run up to the world cup! - Shoot website
  • A terrifically fun read from Dave Cousins which any young football fan will love. - Waterstones website
  • The characters had a lot of depth, the storyline was interesting enough for me to like it, even though Football really isn't my thing... - Novak, Spider blog
  • Since I know very little about football, I particularly enjoyed the match report sheets and the little fact boxes peppered throughout the novel ... The humour is genuine and not patronising, which will hopefully launch this into the territory of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates. - The School Librarian
  • 'No footie-mad child will want to miss out on this all-action, fun and frantic story... perfectly football-pitched for sporty kids and reluctant readers' - Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post
  • 'Football fans, and even those who aren't, will be delighted by Dave Cousins' Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and Footballs' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
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