"We said our goodbyes and that was that. I was on my own. In a new school. On the other side of the world."
Lacho, A World Away
About the book...
Two kids from Australia, Lacho and Zarz, have moved half-way around the world to live in England.
Everything here is different. The weather is colder, there’s not a whole lot of space and they don’t know a single person. But when the children move into their new home at Bishops Gardens, they discover something extraordinary.
A football… with a secret
Lacho and Zarz find out that the football can fly. And what’s more – when they kick it, they can fly too.
Lacho loves playing with the magic ball and quickly falls in love with the sport. He practices his football skills at every chance he gets and soon, he is part of Fulham Football Club’s Junior squad.
Lacho wants to know more about the ball and its secret. Its magic powers don’t work for everyone and adults can’t seem to even see the magic at play. He discovers the ball has been in Bishops Gardens ever since football legend, Johnny Haynes, kicked it out of Craven Cottage, the home stadium for Fulham FC, 50 years ago. So will the magic be able to help Lacho’s beloved team make it to the grand final?
Soon, the football is taking the 6 year-old from Australia on a journey he can’t quite believe. Throw in a dog that passes wind when he barks and a cranky old guy who hates anything fun; and this book will keep your little ones entertained chapter after chapter.
A World Away is a magical story with a lesson for us all.
About the Author...
Sarah Best spent her childhood in Perth and Brisbane, Australia. After studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Psychology at the University of Queensland, she worked in television news for more than 15 years - reporting from disaster zones and covering political issues and human interest stories across the state.
In 2017, she moved to London with her family.
A World Away - Lacho, Zarz & the Magic Football is based on the true story of her family's relocation from Australia to London. Her son, Lachlan, attended three different schools in his first year of formal education. A World Away is his experience told in his words.
"Moving to a different country is a big deal for kids. Everything changes - their home, their school and their friends. A World Away validates the scary feelings children can experience through times of change and tackles them with a bit of humour, a touch of magic and an important lesson for us all,"
Sarah Best, 2019