Building a Dream
How the Boys of Koh Panyee Became Champions
Imprint: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
An unforgettable tale of persistence and problem-solving, based on the amazing true story of a Thai soccer team who made their own place to play.
In Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, atop a network of stilts, floats the village of Koh Panyee—where a group of boys loved soccer but had nowhere to practice. Where could they find space to dribble, juggle, shoot, and score? The boys looked out at the water and started gathering tools. Even while their neighbors laughed, they sawed wood, hammered nails, and tied barrels together. The team worked for weeks to build Koh Panyee’s first floating field—a place to practice, and a place to transform their community...
With engaging soccer scenes and atmospheric images of southern Thailand, this inspiring book follows a group of boys who became a team long before they had jerseys or even a field. Plank by plank, they built their dream.
National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council Best STEM Books Award List (2024)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“This nonfiction pick reads like a sports underdog story and will empower young readers to overcome challenges and take a leap of faith in their dreams with teamwork and perseverance.”
“A stirring story of perseverance.”
“A great read-alike for Julie Abery and Chris Sasaki's Sakamoto's Swim Club (2021).”