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  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The jersey

The jersey

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English easy reader for beginners. Matías and Brayan lead different lives, but meet each other through a soccer shirt.

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Matías is a typical 7-year-old boy. He is huge fan of the professional soccer teams in Europe, especially the teams in the Spanish league, La Liga. When Matías is not playing soccer, he is watching soccer videos on the iPad. He always looks the part, too, as he can mostly be found wearing uniforms of players on his favorite team, FC Barcelona. He focus on the ball continues as when he travels to Guatemala with his family on an annual trip where he meets Brayan.  
Brayan is a 6-year-old Guatemalan boy who also loves soccer. Like Matías he plays every chance he gets. Also like Matías, Brayan idolizes his favorite player on the Barça team, Lionel Messi, #10. He wants nothing more than to wear a jersey with the famous forward’s name and number, but those are difficult to find where he lives on Lake Atitlán.  


  • 41 pages of text
  • written in present tense
  • story is told alternatively by the two main characters
  • setting: US and Guatemala
  • no glossary
  • contains a recipe for Kaq' ik (Brayan's favorite food)

Information for teachers

In this level 1 book, readers will learn about the culture of Guatemala and how a soccer jersey further connects two soccer-obsessed boys from two different countries.

Would you like to order a class set? We will give you a 10% discount on 25 or more copies of the same title. Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, please allow 2-3 weeks for your order.

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armoede / cultural differences / culturele verschillen / football / friendship / Guatemala / Jennifer Degenhardt / poverty / soccer / sports / voetbal
Author Jennifer Degenhardt
Year of publication 2018
Number of pages 46
ISBN 9780999347997
Illustrated no
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