In 1894, Charles Miller arrived in Brazil with a pair of boots, a book of rules and a football. When he reached Sao Paulo, he was shocked to discover that no-one knew how to play. So he marked out a pitch, gathered 20 young men, and divided them into two teams.
Josh Lacey is the author of several books for children including The Dragonsitter, The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper and the Grk books.
He worked as a journalist, a teacher and a screenwriter before writing his first book, A Dog Called Grk. There are now eight books in the Grk series, set in different countries around the world - from New York to Rio de Janeiro, India to Italy.
The Island of Thieves and The Sultan's Tigers follow the adventures of Tom Trelawney and his uncle, battling criminals and hunting for treasure.
The Dragonsitter, packed with wonderful illustrations by Garry Parsons, was shortlisted for the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. The story continues in The Dragonsitter Takes Off, The Dragonsitter's Castle and The Dragonsitter's Island.
Josh has written one book for adults, God is Brazilian, a biography of the man who introduced football to Brazil.