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Rob Childs - Author

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Books by Rob Childs

The Big Chance

The Big Chance

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

It's the beginning of the season and Chris Weston, captain of Danebridge School football team, knows that his team needs goalscorers - players to put the ball in the back of the net. Two younger boys show promise - nimble Jamie, who can dribble round any opponent, and moody, overweight David (known as Pud), whose cannonball shots are unstoppable. But can Jamie learn to play as part of a team? And can Pud manage to control his temper? When both boys are picked to play for the team in a vital match - the first round of the county cup competition - Chris knows it is up to him, as captain, to help both boys make the most of their big chance...

The Big Goal

The Big Goal

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Andrew Weston is overjoyed when he wins a SPOT THE BALL competition and gets the chance to form a five-a-side football team and take part in a special weekend tournament. Naming his team the Vikings, Andrew is determined to play well - especially since talent scouts from his favourite club, United, will be watching the matches. But the opposition is tough. Especially Dean's Demons, who play their football hard with bruising tackles and unfair fouls. Now Andrew and his team don't only want to win the Cup - they want to beat the Demons and show them how football should REALLY be played!

The Big Kick

The Big Kick

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Goalkeeper Chris Weston is stunned when he is asked to captain the Danebridge School football team. But the season gets off to a disastrous start and no-one, especially bullying Luke Bradshaw, can forget the good old days when Chris's brother Andrew and his friends led the team to victory. There's only one way for Chris to prove himself and his team. Somehow they must beat Andrew and the other Danebridge Old Boys in a very special challenge match. But as the big day draws near, Chris knows that he is facing a vital test...

Keeper's Ball

Keeper's Ball

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Alex is always being left on the bench - in fact, he's sure he's only in the team at all because his dad helps out at his team's weekend matches. His teammates think he's just a useless jelly belly - but they get a shock when they see Alex has a hidden talent. That belly - and all the rest of him - turns out to be spectacularly good at stopping goals. Jelly Belly has found his place in the team! A sparkling football story about a determined underdog.

Keeper's Ball

Keeper's Ball

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

Alex is always being left on the bench - in fact, he's sure he's only in the team at all because his dad helps out at his team's weekend matches. His teammates think he's just a useless jelly belly - but they get a shock when they see Alex has a hidden talent. That belly - and all the rest of him - turns out to be spectacularly good at stopping goals. Jelly Belly has found his place in the team! A sparkling football story about a determined underdog.

County Cup (1): Cup Favourites

County Cup (1): Cup Favourites

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

Every year, in the county of Medland, school football teams compete for the most prestigious trophy in the area - the County Cup. Round-robin tournaments determine the winners of the four Quarter Shields - in the North, the East, the South and the West and the winners then clash in the semi-finals and then the Finals. The first four books in this series detail the teams in each quarter, battling it out to win a place in the semi-finals. The winning teams - and characters - can then be followed through the series in subsequent titles.

Soccer Shocks

Soccer Shocks

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

'WHAT A WAY TO END THE SEASON!' The football season may be drawing to a close, but Luke Crawford - skipper, player-manager and coach of the Swillsby Swifts Sunday League team - is still full of running . . . when he's not tripping up over his own feet! He's also still full of ideas and dreams. Luke's new sweeper system for the Swifts relies on the unpredictable talents of his Italian cousin Ricki, but will it be too late to save them from relegation? Luke would dearly love to win a medal in the school Cup Final too, if only he's given the chance to get on the pitch. One thing's for certain. With soccer-mad Luke on the loose, there are bound to be plenty of shocks in store for everyone before the final whistle blows . . .

Soccer Stars

Soccer Stars

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

Luke has always envied his cousin Jon's natural football skills - envied his ability to put the ball effortlessly into the back of the net with the sort of style that just can't be learned. That's why he's delighted when Jon agrees to play with his Sunday league team, the Swillsby Swifts, as they go on tour; with Jon on board, the team have a real chance of success. But to Luke's surprise, Jon isn't the only player to come across as a star . . .

Big Break

Big Break

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

'Show United's coaches what you can do!' Andrew Weston is off for four fabulous days of football - on a special coaching course at United's football ground. It's a terrific opportunity to develop his skills and, hopefully, to impress the talent scouts. There's just one drawback: an old enemy, Dean, is also on the course. And the tough, no-hold-barred striker has no hesitation in breaking the rules when it suits him - even if it could lead to someone getting hurt . . . Join Andrew on his big break in this action-packed title in the bestselling football series.

The Big Fix

The Big Fix

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

'Penalty!' bellowed the referee. 'No arguing.' The players of Danebridge football team, captained by goalkeeper Chris Weston, face an uphill struggle when they meet their local rivals, Shenby, in a cup-tie. For the referee - Shenby's new sports teacher - might as well be playing for Shenby. All his decisions go their way! Can Chris, with the help of his brother Andrew, find a way of making sure their next match against Shenby - a vital league clash - will be a fair one? Or will Danebridge's cup and league hopes be dashed because of a biased referee . . . ?

The Big Freeze

The Big Freeze

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

The big freeze is wrecking the team's soccer season - they haven't played a proper match for two months and the novelty of playing indoors has long worn off. But then Jamie's father books them in for sessions on the all-weather pitches at the new sports centre, and they find themselves taking part in an exciting triangular tournament. But will Pud be able to keep his feet on the unfamiliar surface? And will the big-headed Carl Diamond keep them out of the Final?

The Big Star

The Big Star

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

When Chris Weston tries out for the Area soccer squad, he sees some great football skills . . . and some dreadful showing off. Carl Diamond, nephew of the famous international star Dazzler Diamond, seems to think he's good enough to play in the World Cup and, to be fair, his performance on the pitch is pretty stunning. But although he scores goal after goal, big-headed Carl knows all too well how good a player he is, and gets angry when other players don't meet his standard. Someone's going to have to put him in his place . . . but who?

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15: Soccer Showdowns

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15: Soccer Showdowns

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Soccer Showdowns best mates Michael and Josh play together in their school's cup final on Saturday. But on Sunday - captaining rival teams in a crucial promotion battle - they have to put their friendship on hold TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Great Goal!

Great Goal!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

The young footballers of Great Catesby School are on top form when they appear on TV to perform the special fund-raising song, C'mon, you Greats! But will they be such a smash hit in their return match with the Kilthorpe Killers? They are determined to sweep away their rivals and prove they can be number one on the football field too!

Hot-Shot Harry

Hot-Shot Harry

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

Harry is the star of Gateway Fives, a mixed five-a-side soccer team. They've made it through to the County tournament, but Harry's ego starts to cause problems within the team - and then their goalie is injured. When Harry has to choose between the team and his own image, will he do the right thing? Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired Up Connect encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, or those with English as an additional language, aged 9+, at a manageable length (96 pages) and reading level (8+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Zero to Hero (PDF)

Zero to Hero (PDF)

Author: Rob Childs Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011