The Starting ElevenBook - 2016
Cody is no longer the kid with cancer, or the soccer player always sitting on the bench as a substitute. But just when he is getting used to being the striker on the Lions soccer team, as well as being friends with his teammates and a girl named Mandy, everything changes. Stafa, a skilled younger player, is added to the team and brings the chance for some of the Lions to get called up to an elite team.
But Stafa is a striker, so will Cody play a different position to stay on the starting line? Is he ready to have something more than friendship with Mandy when she is suddenly distant with him? Now that he no longer needs treatment for his cancer, maybe he should take up his parents' offer to move back to their old home town and just leave everything behind?
To answer the question of who he really is, Cody has to face down bully Timothy from the rival soccer team The Storm once and for all, make peace between friends chosen for the elite team and resentful teammates, help Mandy deal with her family troubles -- and figure out what Cody Dorsett really wants.
Following the characters who appear in his very successful novels Striker and The Beautiful Game, The Starting Eleven completes David Skuy's trilogy about an eventful summer for Cody and his teammates.