Ten

Ten

About the Book

Maya is a passionate soccer fan eager to start playing soccer herself. This is extra challenging because soccer is considered a "boys' game" in Malaysia in 1986. She teaches herself basic soccer skills with only her mother and a potted rosebush as training partners, then gradually persuades enough girls to join her to form a team, all the while trying to keep her unpredictable biracial family together. Reading Maya's witty, observant first-person narrative will make readers want her on their team, and they'll cheer her on as she discovers that winning is great—but losing doesn't mean defeat.

About the Author

Shamini Flint grew up in Malaysia. She is the author of the Inspector Singh Investigates crime novels for adults and of a long list of children's books; the "Diary of" sports series are the only ones published in the US. With a law degree from the University of Cambridge, Ms. Flint served as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Now a full-time writer, she travels internationally to promote her books and watch soccer games. She also plays soccer and has trained her daughter to play and love the game as she does. Ten is rooted in her soccer obsession, which began in childhood, and much of it is autobiographical.