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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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Dec 29, 2015 Mikou rated it it was amazing
The that Im reading is spécial for me because Im learning about a spécial player called Pelé one of the best player in the history of soccer. I like this book because I learn alot of things about the player Pelé. One of the facts is that he scored about 1000 goals in his carier. He also one the Word cup golden ball player that scored most goals and he won the best player in Fifa and know his the strongest legend in fifa. I also like the book because it talks about the life of Pelé. For example h ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Dylan rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2014 Tarek rated it it was amazing
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
Edgar B.
May 22, 2015 Edgar B. rated it it was amazing
I think this book is really interesting because it's about a poor boy who becomes one of the best soccer players. I recommend this book to people who like soccer because it really inspires you to become who you want to be, even if your poor or rich. This book talks about how he started playing in the streets of Brazil, then becoming a professional soccer player. It also talks about how he brought soccer to the United States. I think people will like the life of Pele because it was an interesting ...more
Isha J.
Feb 28, 2013 Isha J. rated it liked it
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
Mar 26, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2013 Neel rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 Tommy W rated it really liked it
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
Jan 04, 2013 Nick O rated it really liked it
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
Melanie Sanchez
Dec 08, 2015 Melanie Sanchez rated it it was amazing
i think this book is great and this book is about a boy who had the passion of soccer and grew up to be the world greatest soccer player in the world and his most famous quote from him is "the beautiful game" it is famous because most soccer meant to him a lot and he grew to play for the Brazil national team for the world cups he has been in and then he decide to leave the Brazil national team because of his wife who had 3 kids but he thought about it and joined a New York team called the New Yo ...more
Pedro Balaban
Jan 03, 2011 Pedro Balaban rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
TJ Malensky
Sep 30, 2015 TJ Malensky rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was very interesting and if you want to learn about Pele than this book will do it because it explains the things that are most important like his life before soccer, his life after soccer, his family, and his soccer career. The book could get more specific about his earlier days like add friends not friends from the soccer team. The book taught me even more stuff like things that I hadn't known already like he was married twice and divorced once and he played almost his w ...more
Matthew M
Dec 19, 2012 Matthew M rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it talked about how Pele played soccer and how he felt. I liked how that they talked about his whole life and I picked this book because I like soccer.
Nov 12, 2015 Saul rated it really liked it
This is a really good book about one of the bests soccer players in the world. I recommend this book for anybody that likes to play soccer.
Brett Vos
Apr 03, 2014 Brett Vos rated it it was amazing
good story about a guy who loves soccer and became amazing
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Jan 17, 2016 Liam rated it it was amazing
The book Pele was good because it was all about his life and I like those types of books. I liked how it told you in the end, how the parts of his life. I thought it was interesting how they used socks stuffed with newspapers to make a soccer ball. I never knew that all you needed was a street to play soccer. I never knew that Pele had gotten married twice. I liked that Pele was named FIFA player of the century. I also thought it was cool that he was named World Cup player of the century.
Apr 24, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
Good book, great story, amazing athlete!
Dec 05, 2011 Kyle.b rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2013 Dayna Grave rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2013 Selena Ibarra rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2013 Ankit Ahuja rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2013 Michael Lin rated it it was amazing
Had a lot of good info on my project on him.
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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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