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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
Sports and Pastimes


Bad Boyz: Kicking Off by Alan Durant
Published by Walker Books, 2001
ISBN 0-7445-5973-1

“The magnificent seven” were always in detention and their teacher Mr. Davies was tired of seeing them, day after day, being punished for the same crimes. In fact, putting them on detention had no effect on their subsequent behaviour whatsoever.

One day he suggests that they make up a seven-a-side Little League Soccer Team, and offers to coach them. The children are really interested in the idea, but will Mr. Davies be able to whip the bad boyz into shape and keep them out of trouble?


This is the first book in the Bad Boyz series by Alan Durant. Other titles are Leagues Apart; K.O. Kings and Barmy Army. The books will go down a treat with all young soccer enthusiasts, and are made all the more enjoyable with the addition of lots of boys’ cheeky humour throughout.

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