The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

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The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

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The empowerment for girls/women, the building of unlikely friendships, the tackling of tough issues and a whole heap of laughs! This story has lovely overall themes of trying your hardest, kindness, friendship and never giving up. Jaz loves football she’s always been playing with the lads at school and everyone knows she is good! However there are too many characters to get a real sense of who is who here and some quite stereotypical while the plot fairly predictable but I would still read on.

Exciting, original and heart-warming' - Jacqueline Wilson'Priscilla Mante is an author to watch' - Aisha Bushby---A relatable, inclusive story about families, unlikely friendships and girl power. She spent several years delivering arts, literacy and cultural programmes to young people and currently works in corporate communications. Also by the end of the book Jaz is facing up to her fears and realising that when things go wrong around her, it isn’t her fault.

I am incredibly thankful to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for my chance to read an ARC of this book and I am excited to continue this series in future. Occasionally a middle grade book comes along that makes me more excited with each page I turn, and JAZ SANTOS VS. A really interesting read about a story of friendship, football and family as well as the problems family’s go through.

Why would six girls, none of whom were football-mad like me, agree to be in a team that didn’t exist yet? The boys in Jaz’ class were threatened by a girl who is talented at football and many of the teachers had no interest in helping the girls to get funding or even training for their team. Not only was the main character's voice hardly that of a 10 years old, but it read like the author had forgotten what it is like to be a child.

Themes like forging friendships, facing bullies, having family troubles, and dreaming big--Jaz Santos vs the World has all those and in such an accessible way.

Jaz is a brilliantly dynamic and determined protagonist and I can’t wait to read more about the rest of the dream team. It is so easy for children of this age to blame themselves and try to fix parent or family relationships and I think Mante does an incredible job of showing young readers that they are not responsible for their parents. The discrimination against Jaz as a girl wanting to be taken seriously in football (from both adults and children) feels frustrating and unfair, but Jaz is passionate and triumphant to show what can be achieved with a little determination. This is the story of Jasmina, who prefers to be known as Jaz, A girl who loves football and plays for the Bramrock Stars, a football team she created. Jaz builds herself a team that starts out a bit rough around the edges with the intention of shooting for the stars.I have read my fair share of middle grades and I can now tell when the authors know how to talk like, about and to children and when they do not. The football team she forms is also full of amazing characters and I cannot wait to read more from The Dream Team series. Since Goodreads doesn't allow half stars, I went back and forth for ages trying to decide whether to knock it down to a 3 or boost it up to a 4.



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