Who Is Pele? (Who Was?)

by James Buckley (Author) Andrew Thomson (Illustrator)

Who Is Pele? (Who Was?)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Who Is Pele? is a book about a poor boy from Brazil who became the greatest soccer player of all time and one of the most important athletes of the twentieth century!

His parents may have named him Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but to the rest of the world, he is known as Pelé. The now-retired professional soccer forward stunned Brazil when he began playing for the Santos soccer club at age fifteen. He then went on to captivate the world when he joined his country's national soccer team and helped them win three World Cup championships. Although he's hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in soccer, Pelé has been an influential person both on and off the pitch. His work with organizations like UNICEF has helped improve conditions for children worldwide. Young readers can learn more about the man who connected soccer with the phrase "The Beautiful Game."

Who is Pele book will be perfect for children who are into the history of soccer and some of its outstanding players.

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pele was thinking about leaving football but his family didint let him because they knew how much he loved itthis book was so fun and it made me laugh it was based on football

James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton? and Who Was Roberto Clemente?

Andrew Thomson is an illustrator and artist, currently living and working in Guildford in the south of England.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
June 20, 2018
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
JNF054130 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Soccer
Library of Congress categories
Soccer players

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