"In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms."
As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true.
This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa's history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.
About the Author
Phil Bildner is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Sluggers!" series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning "Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy", its companion "The Shot Heard 'Round the World", and "Turkey Bowl" illustrated by C.F. Payne; and "Twenty-One Elephants", illustrated by LeUyen Pham. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
JESSE JOSHUA WATSON is a fine artist and illustrator. His artwork reflects his love of travel and the people he connects with along the way. Watson lives with his wife and their sons in Port Townsend, Washington, where he enjoys listening to reggae music while he paints.