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Ideal for beginner readers, the book makes for a solid lesson in acceptance, understanding, patience, hard work, and determination. (The Prairies Book Review)
Nobody scores goals alone!
Little Özil tells the story of Mustafa—a child of immigrants—who uses his faith, family, and soccer skills to overcome the prejudices of his fellow students and teammates. Through his struggles with adversity, Mustafa emerges as a winner—in life and on the pitch!
Publishing date: September 21, 2021
Paperback: 36 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
Author: Lewis Beilman lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with his cat, Rico, and his dog, Shayla. He learned to play soccer on a playground in Düsseldorf, Germany, and started writing seriously as a teenager in Trumbull, Connecticut. Now, as a grown-up with a day job and adult responsibilities, he tries to find as much time as possible to channel his inner child by playing pickup soccer with friends and writing stories like this one.
Illustrator: Lamya Sharaby was born in Egypt in 1996. She holds a bachelor in English Literature from the Cairo University. She found a special interest in children’s books that made her start to teach herself how to draw. So far, she has participated in several illustration projects, being My Adventure in Alexandria the most recent.