The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

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The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World (The Dream Team, 1)

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Also by the end of the book Jaz is facing up to her fears and realising that when things go wrong around her, it isn’t her fault. It is so easy for children of this age to blame themselves and try to fix parent or family relationships and I think Mante does an incredible job of showing young readers that they are not responsible for their parents. When Jaz finds a leaflet advertising a girls’ football tournament, she seizes the opportunity to take back some control. Perhaps by winning the tournament, she can not only prove that girls have got game, but also convince her parents to be happy together again.

Yes Jaz faces sexism and doubt, yes it is harder for her because she doesn’t come from a privileged background, but it is her self-belief and sheer determination that propels her to realise her dreams. The first instalment in a new series, “The Dream Team,” is centred around football and addressing issues like friendship, families, and sexism. but some wise words along the way help Jaz to understand that life’s circumstances do not have to define her, and her own personal successes and failures don’t have to be tied up with the things in life that are simply beyond her control.

The discrimination against Jaz as a girl wanting to be taken seriously in football (from both adults and children) feels frustrating and unfair, but Jaz is passionate and triumphant to show what can be achieved with a little determination. Jaz Santos isn’t the most graceful dancer and she’s always getting into trouble at school, but the one thing she loves more than anything else is playing football.

The team wants to enter a girls tournament but is up against sports misogyny in their own school, difficult teachers, and no initial funding.The pacing was a bit strange, because the 'non sports' themes were scattered around, without an organic feel to them. This book teaches children to follow their dreams no matter what life can throw at them, a heartfelt book that sends out an inspiring message! For example, there is zero funding and resources for the girl’s football team because all the money is invested in the boys’ team. This timely and heart-warming story about teamwork, self-belief and following your passions in the face of life’s up and downs is likely to score big with readers aged 8-11.

There is a wonderful light touch to the writing that makes you bounce along with Jaz and will her into succeeding.They also have to learn how to play as an actual team before they can think of playing well at the tournament. This is a really important lesson in learning to put yourself in other people’s shoes and for children to try to understand each other better. I love the way this book handles each of these different aspects of jazz’s life and doesn’t leave anything unresolved. Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills.

With her parent's constant arguments and several of her teachers endlessly irritated by Jaz's enthusiastic and sometimes untamed nature, she's having a rough year.It is sometimes easier for teaches to single out one student as being disruptive and to blame them, rather than to address the situation properly and teach children valuable lessons through their actions. And of course, the message that girls can do anything is an absolutely great one, and I loved seeing the Bramrock Stars proving girls can play football too. Overall the book has a nice story to it whilst also tackling or touching upon a few tough issues: bullying, sexism and parents splitting. I didn’t play sports as a child for similar reasons to Jaz and I wish I had a friend like her who encouraged everyone to give it a try and do their best. While the book was written for children ages eight and up, there are many gems or quotes that I, an adult woman, needed to be reminded of.



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