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by Phil Earle
illustrated by Steve May

Unfortunate injuries, unusual illnesses, cancelled games... This team truly is the unlucky eleven!

The Saints are having a rough season, and Stanley's teammates believe they've uncovered the reason why - a curse! But their efforts to break it only make things worse. The team is at their breaking point, ready to quit football altogether. That's when Stanley steps up to take the most crucial free-kick of his life...

Information for Grown-Ups: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. This book is part of the Little Gems range, fully-illustrated first chapter books designed to support reading speed and stamina. Find out more.

Book Band – Brown

AR Level – 4.2 

(What is an AR level?)

(Accelerated Reader is a computer programme used in some schools for monitoring and managing children’s independent reading practice.
We send all our books to be levelled so any schools using the programme can incorporate our books into their reading scheme.
The AR level of a book does not relate to or impact its Reading Age (RA) or Interest Age (IA).)


Breaking down barriers to reading
For 25 years Barrington Stoke has been publishing super-readable books to help every child unlock a love of reading. Alongside award-winning and engaging stories from the best writers, our books contain a whole host of specialist features designed to help dyslexic and reluctant readers.
Our Design
Unique, dyslexia-friendly font to make reading easier.
Accessible layouts and spacing to stop the page from becoming overcrowded.
Off-white, heavier paper to help reduce visual stress.

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