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A first series of children's books produced in collaboration with the Montreal Impact

First two novels of the series to be released this Wednesday, March 22

MONTREAL – Les Éditions de la Bagnole, in collaboration with the Montreal Impact, are releasing a brand new series of children’s books called Objectif : l’Impact [Objective: the Impact]. The first two volumes in the series will be released in most bookshops, as well as at the Montreal Impact Boutique, this Wednesday, March 22.

This series set in the world of soccer conveys a message of social inclusion, similar to the values of the Montreal Impact. Young athletes attending the Impact Academy’s sport-études program dream of one day wearing the MLS professional team’s bleu-blanc-noir jersey. But out of the hundreds of young players, only a select few will achieve their dream.

The authors wrote their books in collaboration with technical consultant Arcadio Marcuzzi, blogger (Le Footeur), columnist (Journal Métro) and soccer analyst (98,5fm).

Coming in at 160 and 172 pages respectively, both novels are for children over the age of nine years. A third book is set to be released this fall.

C’est moi le meilleur! (I Am the Best)
Maxime and Diego are worlds apart. One is tall, the other is short. One comes from a wealthy family, the other from a working-class household. One loves Ronaldo, the other is all about Lionel Messi. The only common thread? Both have been admitted into the Impact Academy. But their rivalry is such – they won’t even pass the ball to one another – that they are both in danger of being sent home. Only a miracle would bring these two together. But Claudio, the Academy’s mental strength coach, is up to something…

Author: Pierre Szalowski
Pierre Szalowski has been a press photographer, a journalist, a graphic designer, an artistic director and an educational software developer. His first novel, Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather (Hurtubise, 2007), achieved outstanding success. C’est moi le meilleur! is his first book published by Les Éditions de la Bagnole.

Un joueur en colère (The Anger of a Player)
Miguel, 12, is racking up the cards, both yellow and red, unsettling his team to the point that it is dropping in the standings. Everyone want to rally around Miguel, but no one can quite figure out what’s bothering him – until the coaches understand that, before they help the kid, they’ll have to help his dad…

Author: Emmanuel Lauzon
Emmanuel Lauzon is a hyperactive fan of sports, arts, science, politics and sociology. In his work as citizen participation facilitator, he strives to stimulate socio-political thinking among young people in the hope that they will take part in public debates. Un joueur en colère is his first book published by Les Éditions de la Bagnole.

Contact at Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature :
Marylène Kirouac
Marylene.kirouac@groupevml.com
Office: 514 523-7993, ext. 4545
Mobile: 514 992-6192

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