New Children’s Book on the Right to Play

Max is eleven years old and has one passion: football. Every afternoon after school, he meets his two best friends, Toni and Lucy, at the pitch in the city park for memorable matches. That place of happiness, however, risks disappearing as the mayor plans to build a car park on it. To save the park, then, there is only one thing to do: challenge the mayor to a football match. An exciting adventure begins.

The Challenge is a story about the right to play, to participate and to live in a healthy environment. And it promotes gender equality.



“A delightful children’s book, gripping, dynamic and convincing. A book that parents and their children will find equally engrossing and entertaining.”

Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

“The Challenge puts children and their rights at the heart of the story.
 The Surembo Megastars stand up to authority to fight for their environment and their rights – their friendship, courage and fun provides a lesson for us all.”

Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

“A contemporary story with timeless themes. A spotlight on children’s rights to play, friendship and equal opportunities. A story of courage and respect for differences where corruption and bullying are intertwined.”

Chiara Anguissola, External relations / Fundraising – Explora, Children’s Museum of Rome

“The adventure of Max and his friends is both fun to read and a great starting point for conversations – among children and also with the adults who care for them – about the rights of children.”

Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law at Georgia State University and co-author of “Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law”

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