Phil Bildner - The Soccer Fence
A Special Event for Kids!
Featuring artist, LeUyen Pham & editor/ author, Kevin Lewis.
In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.
As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once thought impossible could now come true.
The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa ($16.99) is a poignant story of friendship, which artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history, and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.
Phil Bildner is an avid soccer fan. Away from the pitch, Phil was an attorney and taught middle school in the New York City public schools. He is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, and the co-author, with Loren Long, of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series.
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