The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

Scott Riley, illus. by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Millbrook, $19.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5415-7915-6
This real-life celebration of resourcefulness by debut author Riley follows Prasit Hemmin, a boy who, with his friends, found space for a soccer field on the Thai island of Koh Panyee and founded one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand. Living “in a village on stilts,” Hemmin and pals use a sandbar to play when the tide is low. But watching the 1986 FIFA World Cup, they decide to construct a floating platform from scavenged materials to create a less ephemeral field. Working around the field’s limitations and forming a football club, they go on to play in a mainland tournament. Illustrations by Vietnamese team Quang and Lien emphasize light, movement, and perspective, making for a transportive read. A compelling book for football fans and readers seeking examples of ingenuity. Back matter includes an author’s note, a note from Hemmin, and a glossary of English and Thai soccer terms with pronunciations. Ages 8–9. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/07/2021
Release date: 03/01/2021
Genre: Children's
Open Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-7284-1900-8
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