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6 Aug 2009 Football Detective
Russian billionaire Dmitri Tupolev and a mystery Englishman agree to fix an important match in Russia's favour by intimidating the England goalie, Alex Finn. But Alex goes against their wishes. His punishment: an 'accidental' car crash and he's out of the return game in Russia. Something is going on with England's replacement goalie, and Danny soon finds himself caught up with the criminals of the footballing underworld. Will he unravel the match-fixing mystery?

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014132368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141323688
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, and has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years. He also teaches annually for the Arvon Foundation, and has travelled around the world to train librarians and teachers in techniques to encourage boys to read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling football story 25 Sep 2009
By janem
I read this in one sitting on a long train journey and the hours passed really quickly. It describes many a boy's fantasy- getting to accompany the England Football team to a World Cup Qualifying match in Russia. Tom Palmer skillfully avoids describing the team or the match in detail which would tie it to a particular time. Instead the energy of the book lies with its central character Danny,who is following and trying to prevent the match-fixing scam taking place before the game.

You get a real sense of Moscow and one of the most exciting scenes takes place in a country estate belonging to a very believable Abramovich- type character.I really worried about Danny and whether he was going to get home safely after this trip or not.Danny lives very dangerously in a world which is at once fantastic, yet totally believable. It should particularly suit football-loving boys aged 10yrs+ but I can't really imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football thirller for kids 1 Sep 2009
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I love this book. Its exciting. I like it most because its about Football. I have read all the Alex Rider books and this is the same, but with football too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel 17 Sep 2011
By Qais
This is an excellent novel. I love crime books, they make me want to become a detective when I'm older. When Danny goes to Russia you don't know what will happen to him; you want him to reach home safely and uninjured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 23 Feb 2014
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When I got started I couldn't stop!A brilliant story of a boy who supports city and wants to be a football detective.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective books.
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