Budi longs to be a famous football star and play for the greatest team on Earth. The only thing standing in the way of his dreams is, well, everything.

That’s because, in reality, Budi’s stuck working 10 hours a day in a factory, making the very same football boots he sees his idols wearing. And when the local gang lord, Dragon, gives Budi the ultimatum to either steal a pair of shoes from the factory or put his family in danger, soon it isn’t just Budi’s dreams at stake, but his whole life…

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Author Mitch Johnson first got the idea for Kick after finding an empty energy gel packet in a new shoe box. He couldn’t help but imagine who’d left it there, and what kind of working environment would force someone to need a product normally used by athletes. And that’s how Budi came about!


Love footy? Check out these fascinating facts!

Football dates back to Ancient China! Records of the game can be traced back to 476BC, when the game was played by kicking a leather ball through a whole in a piece of cloth. Wow!

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The oldest independent football club in the world is Sheffield F.C., England, founded in 1857.

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In the early 20th century, women’s football matches pulled in bigger crowds than most men’s games, until the women’s game was banned in 1921 – a ban that lasted for 50 years!

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Brazilian footballer Pelé holds the record for the most career goals scored in football, at 1,281.

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On Christmas Day 1914 during the First World War, some German and British soldiers stopped fighting and played football together!


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Can’t wait to get your hands on this brilliant book, gang? Well here’s your chance! We’re giving away five copies of this super story and guess what? Each one will be signed by awesome author, Mitch Johnson, himself!

Click here to enter the competition!


Kick is out now – check it out at amazon.com!

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