In this charming story, Kofi, an 11-year-old boy from Ghana, lives for one thing only: soccer. He dreams of winning the Under-17 trophy for his country, so he begins to neglect school work, ignore his chores at home, and disregard other responsibilities except to his team. His only goal is to be a professional player and earn a lot of money, but he never acknowledges he might need an education. One day Kofi goes with his mother to visit his grandfather, who has been blind for a long time. Kofi’s uncle, an ophthalmologist, along with an American co-worker, performs cataract surgery on his grandfather. The operation is a starting pointthe grandfather can now see his grandson for the first time and Kofi realizes that his uncle’s talent, which requires an education, just might be more important than soccer.
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|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the number one New York Times bestselling novel, The Deep End of the Oceanchosen as the first book for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club and named by USA Today in 2007, as one of the most influential books of the past 25 years, second only to the Harry Potter series. She has subsequently written seven more bestselling novels. Her newest, No Time to Wave Goodbye, the sequel to The Deep End of the Ocean, will be published in September 2009 (Random House).
Additionally, she has written four young adult novels and four children's books -- two picture books and two young children's novels. Eagle Eyes is the third young children's novel.
Although Jacquelyn Mitchard has never been to Ghana, she was able to accurately capture the essence and rhythms of life there, as several Ghanaians, who read the manuscript, concurred. As the mother of seven children, she does have invaluable experience in how an eleven-year-old child behaves and the remarkable talent to portray it. She lives outside Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and children. More information can be found at www.JacquelynMitchard.com .
Michael S. Lewis, M.D., started taking photographs more than 30 years ago when he was stationed in the United Kingdom as an orthopedic surgeon in the United States Air Force. Since then his passion for photography and travel have only expanded, as reflected in his first book, One World: A View of 50 Countries (Mahvl Publishing; 2006).
His images have been published in a number of books and magazines, including the Nature Photographer and Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin. His photographs have been shown in several galleries and exhibitions, including Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California; the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois; and Children's Hospital of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.
A sports enthusiast, he has been an orthopedic consultant to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, the Chicago Wolves hockey team, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team, with whom he earned two championship rings, and he has treated numerous world-class athletes from several continents. An avid tennis player, he has won a Greater Chicagoland singles tournament. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lewis practices at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Michael and his wife, Valerie, live in Bannockburn, Illinois, and have two daughters, Melanie and Hadley. More information can be found at www.michaelslewismd.com.
Place of Birth:Chicago, Illinois
Education:B.A. in English, Rockford College, 1973