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  • CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS. by Bishop, Paul.
    Bishop, Paul.
    CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1991). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller set in the world of international soccer. The loss of his eye ruined British goalkeeper Ian Chapel's chances of ever playing world-class soccer again and so he turned to investigative work, When he is asked to investigate the murder of the goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, his two worlds come together. SIGNED on the title page. 310 pp. ISBN: 0-312931557.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 75723
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  • RED CARD: A Novel of World Cup 1994. by Hoyt, Richard.
    Hoyt, Richard.
    RED CARD: A Novel of World Cup 1994.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Forge / Tom Doherty Associates, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The US is hosting the soccer World Cup, and two players are gunned down outside the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. James Burlane, ex-CIA, now private investigator and soccer afficionado, is hired to investigate. INSCRIBED on the half title page to noted Oklahoma book collector, Larry Owens, and dated Jan 28, 1998 at Long Beach, Washington (underneath the date, Hoyt wrote "my 57th birthday." 253 pp plus a list of the 1994 World Cup teams. ISBN: 0-312-855540.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 60630
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  • THE DARK HEART OF ITALY. by Jones, Tobias.
    Jones, Tobias.
    THE DARK HEART OF ITALY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: North Point Press (Farrar Strauss), (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An Incisive Portrait of Europe's Most Beautiful, Most Disconcerting Country" - In 1999, Jones emigrated to Italy and the country he discovered there turned out to be far from the pastoral bliss described by centuries of travel writers, and instead he found one beseiged by almost unfathomable terrorism and paranoia. Notes, index. 314 pp. ISBN: 9780865477001.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42445
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  • A GOAL FOR GREG. by MacKellar, William.
    MacKellar, William.
    A GOAL FOR GREG.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: David McKay, (1958). Hardcover - A soccer story for older boys - Greg has moved from Iowa to New York City, but he thinks that his soccer playing days are behind him after an accident with his uncle's tractor resulted in the partial amputation of his foot.. However, the coach of his new high school asks him to be the team manager, and despite his misgivings, he accepts. Illustrated title page. 151 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library, in sturdy library binding, no dj.

    Book ID: 76993
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  • McGinniss, Joe.
    THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - 'In the summer of 1996, McGinnis... set out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro, located deep within the forbidding and isolated region of the Abruzzo.' The footballers - soccer players - of this town, with a population of only 5000, had just won promotion to Serie B, the second highest professional league. This is the story of what he found there - the promotion to B was only the first of the miracles. A fascinating account and while it is a story of triumph, underneath that is a sad underton, as 'the system' wins out. -Photographs. 408 pp. ISBN: 0-316-557366.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line).

    Book ID: 33804
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  • THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO. by McGinniss, Joe.
    McGinniss, Joe.
    THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Little Brown, (1999.). First edition - 'In the summer of 1996, McGinnis... set out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro, located deep within the forbidding and isolated region of the Abruzzo.' The footballers - soccer players - of this town, with a population of only 5000, had just won promotion to Serie B, the second highest professional league. This is the story of what he found there - the promotion to B was only the first of the miracles. A fascinating account and while it is a story of triumph, underneath that is a sad underton, as 'the system' wins out. 404 pp.

    Condition: Fine in red and gold wrappers with French flaps. Much less common than the hardcover edition which had a first printing of 100,000 copies.

    Book ID: 40554
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  • THE BANANA-LEAF BALL: How Play Can Change the World. by Milway, Katie Smith; illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
    Milway, Katie Smith; illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
    THE BANANA-LEAF BALL: How Play Can Change the World.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Kids Can Press, (2017) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on a true story (which is told at the end of the book), this is an ultimately hopeful book about the resilence of children. "Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about…

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    Toronto: Kids Can Press, (2017) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on a true story (which is told at the end of the book), this is an ultimately hopeful book about the resilence of children. "Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about joining in when he sees Remy on the field. But as Deo and the other boys get drawn into the game, everything begins to change. Their shared joy in playing provides the children --- including Remy --- with a sense of belonging." Colorfully illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Includes a list of references. Large format. 32 pp. ISBN: 978-1771383318.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 70050
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  • ARCADY'S GOAL. by Yelchin, Eugene.
    Yelchin, Eugene.
    ARCADY'S GOAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - Story for older children based on his father's experiences in the Soviet Union in the 1940s. " For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children's home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection." Illustrated with drawings by the author. Yelchin's earlier children's book on life in Stalinist Russia 'Breaking Stalin's Nose" was a Newbery Honor Book. Author's note. Small square format. 234 pp. ISBN: 978-0805098440.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 68466
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  • ARCADY'S GOAL. by Yelchin, Eugene.
    Yelchin, Eugene.
    ARCADY'S GOAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Story for older children based on his father's experiences in the Soviet Union in the 1940s. " For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children's home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection." Illustrated with drawings by the author. SIGNED on the half title page, and dated in the year of publication and uncommon thus. Yelchin's earlier children's book on life in Stalinist Russia 'Breaking Stalin's Nose" was a Newbery Honor Book. Author's note. Small square format. 234 pp. ISBN: 978-0805098440.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 64322
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