I absolutly LOVE this series!!!! There are going to be 24 books in total, a very long series, but worth it. The anime has 39 episodes, but as of now it's only in japanese with english subtitles.
Whistle! By Daisuki Higuchi is about a boy named Sho Kazamatsura who just wants to play soccer. He got into the nation's best school with an awesome soccer team, but he was only accepted as a substitute to do all cleaning work because he was short! A dumb excuse if you ask me! In the first book Sho defy's his parent's wishes and goes to live with his brother and transfers to Josui Junior High School instead of staying at the all powerful Musashinomori as a substitute. He is a terrible soccer player at first, and he's only on about the third grade soccer level.
When he just transferred to Josui his teacher and students all expected him to be an awesome soccer player because he went to Musashinomori, but they were really disappointed. Sho doesn't give up, though, and skips school to play soccer alone in a park. Tatsuya, the best soccer member on the team, happened to be jogging by and sees Sho practicing. Sho asks Tatsuya to play just one match with him. Dribble and get past the opponent. Sho's persistance and stamina surprises Tatsuya. The next day he suddenly challenges the soccer captain for the position of captain. Tatsuya's team would only use substitutes (like Sho) while the "captain" could use whoever he wanted. A teacher asked why Tatsuya suddenly decided to challenge the "captain" and his answer was simply "It's because Sho is here now, I think it's time to try something new."
They have their match and the scores tie up, until....
You'll have to read it to find out! Whistle! Is really an encouraging book, and it inspires you to never give up! Even if you're not a soccer fan (like me) The author explains the game really well, so you're not left behind. Whistle! deserves 7 stars!!!!