A soccer superstar: that’s what ten-year-old Maya plans to be. So what if she has never dribbled a ball? Who cares if her classmates call soccer a “boy’s sport” and her grandmother pleads with her to just be “a good Indian girl”? Set in a conservative Malaysian town in the 1980s, Ten: A Soccer Story (Clarion, $16.99) details Maya’s determination to form a soccer team, deal with her parents’ divorce, and come to terms with her own sense of being out of place. Certain to charm readers, Shamini Flint’s fast-paced coming-of-age story goes deep and encourages big dreams. Ages 11-13.
Ten: A Soccer Story - Shamini Flint