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by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2006-03-04

Team Series from Kane/Miller

The folks at Kane/Miller (publishers of the awesome Everyone Poops) emailed me about a new early readers series, The Team, and said that they have some give-away copies for librarians, to introduce them to this new series. Did I know a way of getting this information to librarians?

So here you go! This is the full Press Release from Kane/Miller, and please note that the contact information for the books is at the bottom and is a Kane/Miller contact. Emailing me or Melissa or Sophie will get you a nice return mail saying hey, how are you doing? But it won't get you a copy of this new series.

The Press Release:

The Team series heads to the U.S. just in time for the World Cup.

The World Cup begins in Frankfurt, Germany next June, but if you’re 7 or 8 years old, then the World Cup is every Saturday morning (and every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon).

Kicking off the launch of Kane/Miller’s First Fiction series for the youngest of independent readers is David Bedford’s The Team Series. The Soccer Machine (Book 1) and Top of the League (Book 2) perfectly encapsulate Kane/Miller’s abiding belief in the universality of soccer (and, in the universality of childhood).

Harvey, Darren, and the rest of the players on The Team compete in their local league, with the help of Professor Gertie, Harvey’s neighborhood absent-minded inventor, and Mark 1 the Soccer Machine – he has a metal body covered with Squidgy Skin, a top speed of 45 miles per hour – and he's programmed to win!

With short chapters, appropriate language and a robot (!!) it’s easy to see that author David Bedford is writing about what he knows well. In fact, David wasn’t always a writer, but the two soccer teams he played for, Appleton Football Club and Sankey Rangers, never won any games, so he thought a career change might be in order. Children who are reading independently will be glad he made the switch and will eagerly join The Team.

According to a 2001 FIFA survey, over 240 million people regularly play soccer in more than 200 countries in every part of the world. Kane/Miller and The Team are poised to make it to the top of the first fiction league!

Limited quantities available: For your sample copy of The Soccer Team (Book 1) please send your complete name, company address and email to: sondra@kanemiller.com

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