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03.18.10
Children’s Book by Alumna Mina Javaherbin in Bookstores Starting April

Alumna Mina Javaherbin (B.Arch '87) will launch her book Goal! on April 17, at a signing party hosted at the Aliso Viejo Library in Orange County. Javaherbin's first book, published by Candlewick Press, depicts the story of a group of South African kids united by their love of soccer. Book illustrations were authored by A.G. Ford.

What: Goal! Launch & Book Signing Event
When: Saturday, April 17, 1pm
Where: Aliso Viejo Library (1 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)

Book Reviews:

School Library Journal - February 2010
"Six boys in a small South African town thwart a group of bullies who threaten to stop their soccer game by stealing their prize possession, a federation-size ball. The camaraderie of these youngsters is evident as they play soccer after chores and homework are done in order to find some relief from daily hardships. The bullies arrive suddenly on bikes, even though the boys had planned ahead and posted a lookout atop a nearby building. The author uses repetitive phrasing, 'Left is clear. Right is clear,' to indicate that the youth are always aware that the streets are not safe. Illustrations rendered in oil are impressive. Large and colorful action shots, many full spread, keep the story moving at a quick pace. Expressive facial features emphasize the tension felt when the hoodlums interrupt the soccer fun. Choose this book with an international bent to supplement other books on bullying, because it will open up another opportunity for conversation and discussion." - Blair Christolon

Booklist – March 2010
"Arriving in time for the 2010 World Cup, this heart-tugging picture book from a debut author tells a lyrical soccer story in the voice of a young boy in a South African shantytown. After winning a federation-size 'football' at school, the narrator and his friends enjoy a game, but bullies interrupt them. With some deft foot maneuvers, though, the young players deter the aggressors and resume their game, this time with a wary lookout: 'The streets are not always safe.' The poetic text's rhythmic repetition emphasizes the boys' joyful empowerment: 'When we play, / we forget to worry. / When we run, / we are not afraid.' In full-page oil paintings, Ford uses unusual angles to intensify the sense of the scuffling, exciting action; the tense confrontation; and the reality of shantytown life. An afterword includes fascinating historical notes and reinforces the narrator's moving message about soccer's power to inspire and connect fans and players around the world: "I follow the ball to the end of the alley; / I follow the ball to the end of the world." - Gillian Engberg

More about Goal! and Mina's work >>