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I think Johnson tries to cover it up with comparisons to football but as an adult reading this, I can see past it. Budi learns only later that it was Rochy who stole the boots and passed them on and that he has effectively saved Budi’s skin. Budi lives in a poor part of Jakarta and dreams of being a star soccer player like his idol Kieran Wakefield.

Awalnya aku mengira garapan Mitch Johnson ini akan lebih kurang dengan garapan penulis luar lainnya. Despite his vastly different circumstances, he is like any other child of his age and young readers will be able to identify with his passions. Budi tells us that Rochy is the cleverest person he knows but that he had to withdraw from school because he needed to work to support his family. Maybe I'm just selfish and cold-hearted but personally, I think that is a pretty poor way to repay him! Two things that I really enjoyed about this book is that it is very beautifully written and that it has a good understanding of how poor people can't just be bad at all things just because they don't have enough money.I can see other children having the same problem, especially those who are not familiar with popular football teams and players. But one unlucky kick brings Budi’s world crashing down, because now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in all Jakarta.

This is a story about big dreams, perseverance, tolerance and never letting anything bring you down.Budi sendiri sudah putus sekolah, karena dia harus membantu keluarganya mencari uang sebagai buruh jahit di pabrik sepatu. This is a fast-paced story about big dreams, bravery and fighting for justice up until the final whistle. For readers 12+ the characters and writing style may feel quite immature on one level, but they will better understand some of the themes, which may well complement their secondary school syllabuses in a very accessible form.

Makes for an insightful read and may be a little violent for the more sensitive child as has a reference to backstreet girls and has a gunfight towards the end.

Family and friends always coming first, it is arguably a bit cliched, but I like the message it gives. It highlights the issues faced by those living in a society where most people are just about scraping enough money together to get by. How can his grandmother afford to chain smoke, when the family don't eat dinner on Friday night because they don't have enough money? Kisahnya sederhana, tapi rasanya tak adil saja kalau kubilang 'sederhana' tanpa embel-embel lainnya, karena memang tidak sesederhana yang dibayangkan, ada banyak bagian menarik, kesannya biasa tapi memiliki filosofi yang luarbiasa— sederhana tapi bermakna, aku sangat menyukai itu.

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