Bend it Like Beckham
Based on the original screenplay
If you're 18, love Beckham and can bend a ball like him then the world must be your oyster, right? Wrong. If you're Jess - 18, Indian and a girl - forget it.
Jess just wants to play football but her wedding-obsessed parents have other ideas so she hides it from them. But when Jess and her friend Jules join a ladies team and get spotted by a talent scout, it all kicks off ...
The Bend it Like Beckham movie was a box-office hit, starring Parminder Nagra, Kiera Knightley and Jonathathan Rhys Meyers.
Bend it Like Beckham was also transformed into a musical, and was performed in London's West End.
This is a really excellent book -- I saw the film but the book is better! Danielle Lewis, Craigmount High Teen Titles
Narinder Dhami is the author of popular fiction series The Beautiful Game, about a girls' football team, many books in the hugely successful Rainbow Magic series and the bestselling novelisation of the film Bend it Like Beckham. She was a primary teacher before she began writing full time. She lives with her husband in Shropshire.