The Water Carrier is a gritty novel about 15 year old Alfie who has a troubled home life and is mercilessly bullied at school, but his world is about to change. Together with his friends Leroy and Ami, Alfie discovers the secret life of the school caretaker from Croatia; Tomo Bilic. Alfie persuades Leroy, Ami and Bilic to help him with his dream of becoming a star footballer and the novel charts the ups and downs of the journey towards Alfie s goal, which involves the three friends combating violence, homophobia and racism. The book is an interesting read for young adults, not only is it a gripping story but it also contains valuable lessons in positive thinking. Readers are also encouraged to be part of The Chronicles of Alfie Finch by getting involved in developing future storylines and plots via the website. Further support is also available online for readers who need more information on building their self-confidence and self-esteem.