Well, everyone, the time has come…
Firstly, thank you so much for all the brilliant reviews of Skills From Brazil. Hundreds of you have joined in with the competition, sending me your reviews from all over the country. They have been funny, brilliant, impressive and a joy to read.
If I could, I would name you all individually but please know that I have read every single one.
In the end though, as Mike Johnson might say, life is about decisions and the winning review is by Ed Gent.
Ed, congratulations and I’ll be in touch about getting you your signed England Shirt. I have published your review below so that everyone else can enjoy it.
Thanks again to all who took part. I’d like to do more competitions in the future so let me know if you have any good ideas…
Review of Skills from Brazil
By Ed Gent (Age 11)
Skills from Brazil is an absolutely extraordinary book, a mixture of exciting, heart-stopping, funny, intriguing and amazing.
Jamie Johnson is about to play in an annual match, Year 6 Students V Teachers, at school. Just like every year, the school get to vote for who they want to be Captain of the Year 6 side. But this year, the Captain had to be him. Until a new football fanatic joins the school. Are Jamie’s hopes of being Captain ruined? In the end Jamie becomes the best friend of this new student. The student’s name is Rafael da Cruz. One thing makes Rafa special – he is Brazilian!
They both go on an amazing footy experience to the football capital, and da Cruz’s Brazil. After learning ‘Skills from Brazil’ Jamie and Rafael both travel back to England for the big game. Will the trip 5,880 miles away be worth it? Or will JJ’s form crumble just at the wrong moment?
Jamie Johnson is an eleven year old boy with Foguinho hair. He has one dream. To be a footballer. It looks like it may come true as JJ is the best footballer in the whole school, so, will a trip to Brazil and being best friends with a football fanatic bring him closer to what he has always wanted?
Rafael da Cruz is another huge football fan. Although he has barely played the sport, he understands it better than some Managers in the Premier League do. He came to England and joined Jamie’s school for a new experience. After becoming BFF with the future footballer, where will this lead him?
I think there are many highlights in Skills from Brazil. The best of which probably just has to be the friendship between Jamie and Rafael. I love how at the start, you think that they would be enemies, and yet at the end, it is ludicrous to think that!
I think the only low-light is that it didn’t last longer!
I absolutely loved this book. It is proven, as I admit that I read the whole book in three hours. I recommend it to people any age, even those who despise football! I guarantee that everyone will enjoy it, it is a book not to be missed. I will give Skills from Brazil 4½ out of 5. The only reason why it isn’t a 5 is because nothing can be perfect, there is always room for improvement.
All in all, I will never forget Skills from Brazil, and I know that you won’t either. This is a one way ticket to one of the best countries ever, so don’t miss out!
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