Goal: Glory Days by Robert Rigby, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Goal: Glory Days
  • Alternative view 1 of Goal: Glory Days
  • Alternative view 2 of Goal: Glory Days

Goal: Glory Days

by Robert Rigby
     
 

You saw him on the screen in the hit movies GOAL: The Dream Begins and GOAL II: Living the Dream. Now the saga of young professional soccer player Santiago Muñez continues in this final installment of the GOAL trilogy.

With a fresh start and a warm welcome from his old fans in Newcastle, Santi returns to England and to the team where his career

Overview

You saw him on the screen in the hit movies GOAL: The Dream Begins and GOAL II: Living the Dream. Now the saga of young professional soccer player Santiago Muñez continues in this final installment of the GOAL trilogy.

With a fresh start and a warm welcome from his old fans in Newcastle, Santi returns to England and to the team where his career began. Soon he’s back at the top of his game, and when he is selected for a 2010 World Cup squad, it seems as if his dream of playing in the World Cup finals is within reach.

But when Santi is injured during an international warm-up game, he worries that this could be the end of it all. With no time to waste, the pressure is on for him to get back on the field. Will his injury keep him from achieving his ultimate goal? Or will he recover in time to play in the greatest competition of his life?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Glory Days is the third book in a series about Santiago "Santi" Munez, a young professional soccer player. After a string of unfortunate injuries that prevented him playing in the World Cup finals, Santi is given a second chance to pursue his soccer dreams. Santi's fifteen-year-old brother, Enrique, comes to live with Santi and his wife, Roz. At first there is tension between Enrique and Roz, but he gets along well with three-year-old Rosie, Santi's daughter. Roz decides she wants to return to work and Santi is at first upset, wanting her to be available to raise Rosie and Enrique. Soon, however, he realizes it is unfair for her to give up her dreams while he pursues his. Meanwhile, Enrique is hiding the fact that he is being bullied by three boys at school. This all comes out when the boys make Enrique hot-wire a stolen car. Will Enrique realize that he made a mistake? Will Santi make it to the World Cup and will his team win? This is a good, action-packed story, which will have particularly appeal to soccer enthusiasts. At times the book feels a bit didactic, because it has an adult and teen protagonist. Both perspectives are dealt with and at times it seemed that the author was justifying the adult perspective and experience especially when the teenager misbehaves. Overall, a fun book. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—The follow-up to Goal!: The Dream Begins (2006) and Goal! II: Living the Dream (2007, both Houghton) is the story of Santiago Muñez's lifelong plan to become a world-famous soccer player. This installment continues up until the World Cup 2010. In fact, this book actually covers the story of two lives: Santiago and his stepbrother Enrique, who is now living in England with Santiago, his wife Roz, and their new daughter, and plays on the Newcastle Soccer Under-16 team. Rigby does an admirable job of catching readers up with the plotline, even though fans of the earlier two books will begin from page one with a caring fondness and hope that Santiago succeeds in his dream. Descriptions of the play-by-play are excellent and are interspersed with heart-wrenching moments of failure and disappointment. Rigby occasionally drops in the names of well-known soccer stars to keep the saga current. Teenage Enrique has his own problems with fitting in and with keeping the bullying he endures hidden from his family. Readers can identify and sympathize with his dilemma and the difficult decisions he must make. Purchase this book where the film or the first two books have been popular.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152059217
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/07/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
245
Sales rank:
751,956
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

ROBERT RIGBY is a playwright, novelist, and television scriptwriter. His award-winning work with youth theater companies has been staged in Britain, Europe, the United States, and Africa. He is also the writer of the long-running BBC children’s drama series Byker Grove.

Official movie website: www.goalthemovie.com

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >