I first bought “The Flea” for my son when he was 9 years old and we were headed off to summer camp. We went a day early for orientation since I was a counselor. During a whole day of meetings and setup I figured my son would come looking for me and something to do. I was planning on putting him to work but the soccer biography sabotaged my plan…
To my surprise he stayed in the cabin all day – lying on his bunk and lost in the Leo Messi biography.
That night at dinner he was full of facts about Messi’s life and what it was like for him growing up and trying to make it as a soccer player.
When the campers showed up the next day it turns out that we had a cabin full of soccer players which made it fun for them to hang out and play “megs” during our down time.
The trickiest part was the 1 hour rest time when the kids were supposed to stay in their beds and take a nap… yeah right!
Luckily I had the Messi, Neymar, and Ronaldo biographies with me so I passed them out at rest time and the soccer crazed kids ate them right up. Our cabin was nice and quiet during rest time and by the end of the week the kids knew a lot more about their soccer idols.
All these soccer biographies are written for kids grades 3rd through 7th – a good length around 150-160 pages each.
- The Flea – The Amazing Story of Leo Messi (#1 Amazon Best Seller)
- Cristiano Ronaldo – The Rise of a Winner
- Neymar – The Wizard