Life isn’t easy in Barracas, a poor district in the south of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. Since the local factory has been shut, most of the residents are unemployed. But Golazo, who always has the best ideas, and his gang don’t let these problems bother them too much. Together, they live through the daily adventures that challenge them, and of course: they play soccer. Because, obviously, nobody knows as much about soccer as Golazo and his friends.
To get to the soccer field as quickly as possible, they sometimes have to act a bit carelessly and pass through creepy railway tunnels. Thus, Golazo and his best friend Russo unintentionally get to know another gang that soon tries to make life hard for them. Their new opponents challenge them to a soccer match. On the day of the event, everyone from Barracas is there to watch. But then, Russo is fouled and has to leave the field. Golazo decides to bring on Maria who is quite different from all the other girls and made a great impression on him. After their triumphant victory, Maria becomes a permanent member of the team. But soon, Golazo and his friends have to learn that in the world they are living in not everybody is treated equally and some friendships don’t last forever …
An exceptional, captivating novel, told with great humor by the unmistakable voice of the protagonist himself.
Argentina: El Barco de Vapor (Ediciones SM), October 2010 (175 pp.; age 8+)
Other titles of Carlos Rodrigues Gesualdi:
- Peces gordos (Spain: Editorial Planeta, January 2007, 172 pp.; age 8+)
- Una gata con todos los nombres del mundo (Ecuador: Libresa, September 2009, 137 pp.; age 6+)
- El ángel de Cristina (Argentina: Alfaguara Infantil, October 2006, 266 pp.; age 8+)
- Raros peinados (Argentina: Alfaguara Infantil, October 1997, 144 pp.; age 8+)
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