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Pele (DK Biography)

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For use in schools and libraries only. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts; definitions of key words; and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives, creating a unique reading experience about people youngsters should know.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published July 30th 2007)
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Pelé was a book made to inform readers about Pelé’s life. Despite Pelé growing up in a harsh life, almost entering poverty, he still played soccer and became the best in the world. The author was trying to show the reader about Pelé’s life, how he and his family neared poverty, and showed his soccer career. From this book I have more knowledge on pelé’s life and his soccer career. I also learned that his family was in debt until Pelé started to play Professional soccer. I learned a lot from this ...more
Pele, by James Buckley, is a fantastic book for curious soccer fans wanting to know all about the legend of soccer and the man who basically single handedly transported the sport to The United States of America, meaning that there would be no such thing as the MLS league if it wasn't for Pele. He was born into an extremely poor family and did not own a pair for shoes for the majority of his adolescent years. His father was a soccer player trying to make it big but was injured in the process whic ...more
Isha J.
James Buckley Jr.
Genre: Biography
Pages: 128
On October 23, 1940 Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born Tres Coracoes, Brazil. In 1994, his family moves to Bauru, which is in Brazil. In 1995, he joins the Sao Paulo club Santos, which was a soccer club team, which he plays in until 1974. On September 7, 1956 he made his first goal in the team. With his great skill, Pele makes the Brazilian National Team in 1958. Later on in 1958, it was the World Cup finals against Sweden
This book was awesome! It was so interesting to learn about one of the best soccer players to ever live. I thought that it was really cool when Pele scored 1000 goals because he was the first person to ever score that many goals. Also, when Pele scored 1000 goals, I wondered who was keeping track of all the goals that Pele scored. Another thing that I thought was cool about Pele scoring 1000 goals was that after he scored that many goals, he built a giant "1000" entirely out of soccer balls. I t ...more
By: James Buckley Jr.
128 pages

Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, is a retired midfielder, Brazilian soccer player. He is regarded by many people, including me, as the best soccer player of all time. Pelé played professionally soccer for Brazil for 20 years, winning 3 World Cups before joining the New York Cosmos later in his career. He was born on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil. He has influenced many people including Ronaldinho and Lionel Mess
Tommy W
I thought this was a really good book. It talks about Pele's life from when he was a little kid to when he is a grown up man. When Pele was a kid he lived in a really small town and didn't have much like we have. They didn't have any soccer fields so he had to kick the ball with his friends on a dirt field. When Pele got older he became a soccer sensation and everybody loved him. The good thing about Pele is he played the game right. He didn't go after the other teams best player and try to tak ...more
Nick O
Would you want to know about one of the greatest soccer players and/athletes ever? Well, if you do then you should read the book Pele by James Buckley Jr. It is a very well set up biography about Brazilian soccer legend Pele. In this biography, you don’t only learn about Pele’s amazing soccer career, but also his outside/family life. In this story the main protagonist is Pele, and the others would mainly just be his family.
I really like the way that the book is good for people like me who know
Pedro Balaban
This is a very inspiring story of a boy who grew up in a very small, poor village in Brazil, and became a worldwide soccer superstar. This biography touches the readers by showing how poor Pele was in his childhood, yet he was able to conquer the world with his amazing talents. James Buckley Jr. also showed how Pele overcame racism with his abilities in the soccer field. The main reason that I enjoyed this book is because it shows how Pele became respected by the entire world. For example, he wa ...more
Matthew M
Genre: Biography
Pages: 128
Brief summary: Pele was a great soccer player, and I really look up to him because I like soccer. When Pele was a kid he was poor. He didn't have shoes to play soccer and he had to make a team with his friends with out a coach. He was a amazing soccer player that won the world cup a lot with his team Brazil. He was a leader on that team and the players really liked him. He got hurt a lot because in soccer they have a lot of injuries. Although Pele quit soccer to have a
Brett Vos
good story about a guy who loves soccer and became amazing
Pranavchandra Siddi
to know about pele
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Listen all you soccer fans! If you watch soccer, then you must know one of the worlds best soccer players named Pele. This book includes action-pacted information that you may not have known about Pele. One fact is that he took part of and won three World cups with the Brazil national team. If you are interested in soccer, you may want to take some information from Pele. Read this book if you want to know more...
Dayna Grave
I liked this book a lot. I enjoy reading about soccer and I think it is such a cool sport and I want to start playing it one day. Personally, I believe you need to be a soccer person in order to read it like I am. I think soccer is just an amazing sport with many tricks.
Jan 06, 2014 Fabio marked it as to-read
i think its a great book
Selena Ibarra
In my opinion I really liked the book because it was very organized by how and when he became famous. Then, the background and history of Pele.
Ankit Ahuja
A humble beginning and sound training made him what he was. I am no football follower but the story made me one.
Kenny LORD
A well documented book of the life and times of probably the greatestt Footballer that ever lived!
Michael Lin
Had a lot of good info on my project on him.
Oct 09, 2009 Jose added it
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In addition to his work as a professional editor, James Buckley, Jr., is also the author of many books on American sports that are geared toward young fans and budding athletes.

Buckley, who has founded a company called Shoreline Publishing Group to produce books for reluctant readers, maintains that sports are far more than simple hobbies or ways to burn off excess energy.
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