Mr B's Book Review: Home Ground by Alan Gibbons
Home Ground by Alan Gibbons is published by Barrington Stoke and written by Alan Gibbons.
This short book explores the themes of friendship, unity and teamwork whilst tackling prejudice towards refugees.
It explores how football can play a universal role in collapsing the barriers that exist when a refugee arrives, and how we can work together to achieve a greater goal.
Sam's team are edging closer and closer to relegation after a disastrous season, and as a reader you really begin to dislike the character of Jordan who is only interested in self-preservation.
When two refugees arrive to the team, Jordan is fuming and will do anything to get rid of them. He can't have anyone who is better at football than him in the team!
Slowly but surely, the rest of the team recognise what Jordan's game plan is.
The refugees have a significant role to play in the team's fate.
It's a very interesting read and would be perfect for a Year 3/4 class. It would also be a great book to go alongside 'The Boy At The Back Of The Class' by Onjali Rauf.