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His debut novel, Kick, was endorsed by Amnesty International UK for its portrayal of children's rights and has been translated into multiple languages. Konfliknya mulai terasa pada suatu sore ketika Budi berlatih bola— itu hanya karena dia tidak suka menyebutnya bermain, lebih bangga menyebutnya berlatih— di sepetak tanah kosong bersama teman-temannya. I feel that the themes of this book are really important and that it would be a worthwhile class read! I rooted for Budi through the entire story, hoping that he would get his big break into the footballing world but the reality is that only a tiny percentage of dreamers get that opportunity. It's written in an upbeat and simple way and you'll never look at a pair of high-brand football boots in the same way again.

To make the book better, I would keep all the plotline and keep all the themes but just make the STYLE of the book a bit more adult! Mengingat terjemahannya begitu mengalir, walaupun ada beberapa yang terkesan masih dipaksakan, terutama dalam dialog Budi dan teman-temannya. This isn't a perfect book, by any means, but I enjoyed the process and it is an impressive shot for a debut. He handed it to me to read first though because I'm a faster reader than him and love football just as much, haha. The theme is an important one and it is a book that will enlighten your child to international issues about which they may know very little, but it is not preachy.His ambition is to be a famous football player for a team like Real Madrid, but Budi’s reality is rather different. So the lesson to always spur on with your dreams translates really well into football in that example. I've only been to Indonesia a couple of times and cannot vouch if those words are truly used in Indonesia but some of the words are not what we use in Singapore. This is a story about big dreams, perseverance, tolerance and never letting anything bring you down.

Budi lives with his parents and his grandmother, who tells him stories of past events in her life and his.

However, Budi lives within poverty, and him and his family and friends face hardships throughout which highlight the differing lives of Budi and the football players he adores. Namun kesialan terjadi, belum dapat merasakan gurihnya rendang buatan ibunya, Budi malah harus berurusan dengan Naga karena satu tendangannya yang menyalang ke rumah 'Preman' Jakarta itu, mantan napi Nusa Kambangan yang menyeretnya pada komplotan mereka untuk melakukan aksi yang jelas berlawanan dengan kerjaannya— ya dia harus melakukan itu demi menyelamatkan dirinya 'hidup-hidup' dari si Naga sialan itu. Growing up in this multi-cultural society, I know a few Malay words and am familiar with some foods. He's going to play for the greatest team on earth, rather than in the square behind the factory where he works. This is a fast-paced story about big dreams, bravery and fighting for justice up until the final whistle.

Mitch Johnson (author of Kick), for the majority of the book, is gentle and quite subtle with the content as I only picked up on how problematic the events may be in the story about three-quarters of the way through.However, forgetting about the target audience and doing my job as a book reviewer, I would certainly say that the merits of this book are so much higher than that cover. I also do question though some of Budi's reasoning in this novel-why would he give his best friend money and not keep any for himself, particularly when he and his family are so poor? The harsh divide between rich and poor is examined sensitively in this moving book about one child’s struggles that are, unfortunately, a fact of life for many.

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