Charlie has a football mad family - her mother gives a yellow card rather than a ticking off (because you can't argue with the ref. can you?). Usually the family make a great team, so when her thirteen-year-old brother Semi starts to get grumpy and choses not to join in, it is a great shock. Well, it's a great shock for Charlie and little brother Bobby. But her parents seem to know exactly what is going on. It takes a while for Charlie to realise that it's the onset of teenagerdom, and all to be expected - and even better, Semi will get over it!
Sophie Smiley was born in a Dominican monastery near Cambridge - she says she had a very happy childhood surrounded by Fra Angelicos and Ethopian priests! She now teaches English and is also a staff member of Forest School Camps, working with both the able and those with learning difficulties. She is married, and has two sons. They all live in Cambridge. Michael Foreman is one of the most talented and popular creators of children's books today. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and his highly acclaimed books are published all over the world. He is married and has three sons. He divides his time between St Ives in Cornwall and London.