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Scott Riley is an international school teacher by day and a children’s book author at night. With nearly thirty years of teaching and living overseas, Scott continues to be inspired by the people he meets and the places he explores. His debut picture book, The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field (Millbrook Press 2021), is about one of those places. Scott currently lives in Singapore with his wife, two eye-rolling teens, and one very lively labradoodle. You can visit him online at

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The Floating Field

Illustrated By: Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien

Prasit Hemmin was obsessed with soccer. His friends were too. But the boys could play only twice a month when the tides were low enough for a sandbar to serve as a field. That’s because their home, the small island of Koh Panyee, Thailand, didn’t have enough open space for them to play on. Unless... Inspired by the 1986 World Cup, the boys decide to build their own floating soccer field unlike any playing surface in the world. Follow the inspiring true story of Prasit and his friends as they create the field of their dreams in this celebration of ingenuity, determination, and most of all, love of the game.

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