Danger lurks on the streets of a South African township where Ajani and his friends play soccer with his new ball. While playing, the boys forget their fears and feel strong; still, they are realistic. Bullies are a constant threat. However, Ajani and his friends are creative and brave. They outsmart the bullies, jubilantly playing on. Javaherbin’s sparse text celebrates the triumph of justice over injustice, and A. G. Ford’s energetic illustrations capture the delight of children at play. Ages 4-8. (Candlewick)
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Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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