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Gabriel, siempre quiere ganar
Author: Violeta Monreal
Illustrator: Violeta Monreal
Ages: From 9 to 12 years old
Collection: No solo fútbol
Publisher: San Pablo
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-285-5748-1

2. Gabriel, Always Wants to Win

Format: 15 x 21 cm.

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 144


Gabriel is the narrator and he expresses his feelings for Blanca, her adopted sister. He cannot stand her, he thinks their parents just care about her. He is jealous and he also acknowledges it. Everything changes when he discovers Blanca’s secret: when she was really young, she worked in a kind of circus show in China. She was too old to be adopted and she was rented for the public to have fun. A Chinese circus, The Great Dragon Circus, comes into town. Are they the same ones Blanca sees in her nightmares? Have they come to take her away? Facing that danger, Gabriel puts his jealousy aside. Blanca travels to her painful past and he has to be by her side to help her.


Each book in this collection has as main characters a group of boys and girls who play in the football team The Planets. The main plot of each book is a football game, but before each game, the group must face a previous adventure that will test them. They must face their fears, their secrets, their feelings... The collection also pays special attention to issues of cross interest such as solidarity, teamwork, tolerance and plurality.


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