Pele: The King Of Soccer

ISBN-10: 1626727554
ISBN-13: 9781626727557
Author: Simon, Eddy
Illustrated by: Brascaglia, Vincent
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: Roaring Brook

Publication Date: October 2017

Copyright: 2017

Page Count: 144

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Lexile: GN700L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Central & South America

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pel., grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Known by his fans as "O Rei" (The King), Pel. is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he's more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pel. is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed "the beautiful game".a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality. In the graphic novel Pele: The King of Soccer , Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia beautifully depict Pele's rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.
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