Books for sporty kids

Champion Charlies: The Mix-Up (Book 1)

Champion Charlies: The Mix-Up (Book 1)

Adrian Beck

A hilarious junior fiction series for boys and girls that celebrates the great world game of football! Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia.

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Speccy-tacular AFL Stories

Speccy-tacular AFL Stories

Various

Lace up your boots, pull on your guernsey and get ready to hit the field running with these Brownlow-worthy AFL short stories!  A collection of AFL-themed short stories written by some of Australia's sportiest...

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Indigo Blue

Indigo Blue

Jessica Watson

An inspiring adventure story from Young Australian of the Year 2011, Jessica Watson.

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New Kid! (Tiny Timmy, Book 7)

New Kid! (Tiny Timmy, Book 7)

Cahill,Tim, McKenzie,Heath

The Lions have a new player. Ricardo seems nice enough, and he's got all the skills. There's just one problem... He never passes Timmy the ball! Seems like he wants all the glory for himself! Timmy and Ricardo will have to...

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Patty Takes Charge (Game Day! Book 3)

Patty Takes Charge (Game Day! Book 3)

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas

Through lots of hard work, Patty's skills have improved out of sight. And he's invited to step it up in a big basketball tournament.Even though he'll miss out on time in his beloved Torres Strait, playing in a major...

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Kick

Kick

Mitch Johnson

Budi's going to be a star. He's going to play football, instead of sweating over each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings his world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon...

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The Collected Diaries of a Sporting Superhero

The Collected Diaries of a Sporting Superhero

Shamini Flint, Sally Heinrich

Marcus Atkinson is a sporting superhero (not!). But his dad is convinced that Marcus has what it takes. Five books in this wildly popular series together in one great package!

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Jared Thomas, Patty (Patrick) Mills

A fantastic and fun basketball series by Australian Olympian and NBA star Patty Mills that will entertain young readers, inspire kids to achieve their goals through sport, and showcase Patty's pride in his Indigenous heritage.

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Patty and the Shadows: Game Day! 2

Patty and the Shadows: Game Day! 2

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas

A fantastic and fun basketball series by Australian Olympian and NBA star Patty Mills that will entertain young readers, inspire kids to achieve their goals through sport, and showcase Patty's pride in his Indigenous heritage.

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Kicking Goals With Goodesy And Magic

Kicking Goals With Goodesy And Magic

Adam Goodes, Anita Heiss, Michael O'Loughlin

AFL legends Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin are blood brothers and great mates. They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over 650 games and kicked over 900 goals.<br...

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The Big Break (Tiny Timmy, Book 6)

The Big Break (Tiny Timmy, Book 6)

Tim Cahill, Heath MacKenzie

It's crunch time for Tiny Timmy and not just on the field! There are huge games coming up, and big tests at school! Its all happening! And then another kind of crunch puts him out of action. Timmy will need to work harder than...

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Ellyse Perry 1: Pocket Rocket

Ellyse Perry 1: Pocket Rocket

Ellyse Perry, Sherryl Clark

Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman! All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics - you name it! But now that she's in high school,...

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Ellyse Perry 2: Magic Feet

Ellyse Perry 2: Magic Feet

Sherryl Clark, Ellyse Perry

When cricket season is over, there's only one thing to do ...play soccer! Soccer season is here and Ellyse is desperate to pull on her boots and start dribbling and defending. Unlike club cricket where she is the only...

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Kids' World Cup!

Kids' World Cup!

Tim Cahill

This is book 4 of the best-selling series from Socceroos legend, Tim Cahill!

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The Champion Charlies 2: Boot It

The Champion Charlies 2: Boot It

Adrian Beck

A hilarious, fun-filled junior fiction series for boys and girls that celebrates the great world game of football! Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia.

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Switch Hit Showdown (Big Bash League Book One)

Switch Hit Showdown (Big Bash League Book One)

Michael Panckridge

Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed! LIGHTS, CRICKET, ACTION!

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The Miracle Goal

The Miracle Goal

Tony Wilson, Adam Selwood, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood, Troy Selwood

Four future AFL stars under one roof!?  Go back to where it all began with The Selwood Boys..

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Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Tony Wilson, Adam Selwood, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood, Troy Selwood

Four future AFL stars under one roof!? Go back to where it all began with The Selwood Boys..

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Tiny Timmy #1: Soccer Superstar!

Tiny Timmy #1: Soccer Superstar!

Tim Cahill

This is book 1 of the bestselling series from Socceroos legend, Tim Cahill!

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The Story of the Olympics

The Story of the Olympics

Richard Brassey

Records and reputations, cheats and champs, victors and venues - here's the lowdown on the modern Olympic games, from bestselling author and illustrator,Richard Brassey. Updated to include Rio 2016.

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Tiny Timmy #2: Makes the Grade!

Tiny Timmy #2: Makes the Grade!

Tim Cahill

This is book 2 of the bestselling series from Socceroos legend, Tim Cahill!

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Living the Dream!

Living the Dream!

Tim Cahill

This is book 3 of the bestselling series from Socceroos legend, Tim Cahill!

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The Soccer Star

The Soccer Star

Sally Rippin

Billie wants to play soccer, but the boys at school won't let her. How can Billie prove that girls can play soccer, too?

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You Choose 7: Super Sports Spectacular

You Choose 7: Super Sports Spectacular

George Ivanoff

YOU CHOOSE . . . Athlete of the century or phenomenal sporting failure! You are ready for a day of fun-filled physical activity. There are so many cool sports to try, but you notice that the competitors look a little...

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 Read reviewStuff Happens: Jack

Stuff Happens: Jack

Tony Wilson

STUFF HAPPENS is a contemporary reflected reality fiction series for young boys. Each book tells the story of an incident of emotional importance to one of the boys in a fictional primary school class. The stories, written by some...

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Glenn Maxwell 2: Academy All-Stars

Glenn Maxwell 2: Academy All-Stars

Patrick Loughlin, Glenn Maxwell

A junior fiction series about an up-and-coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell. Talented young batsman Will Albright has earned himself a place at the brand-new T20 Youth Academy. But, in...

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Glenn Maxwell 3: State Showdown

Glenn Maxwell 3: State Showdown

Patrick Loughlin, Glenn Maxwell

A junior fiction series about an up - and - coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell. Will Albright has finally achieved his dream of representing his home state of Victoria in cricket! But while...

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Glenn Maxwell 1: Lucky Break

Glenn Maxwell 1: Lucky Break

Patrick Loughlin, Glenn Maxwell

A junior fiction series about an up-and-coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell. Will Albright is a batting whiz and captain of his local cricket team. But when his coach nominates him to...

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Glenn Maxwell 4: World Domination

Glenn Maxwell 4: World Domination

Patrick Loughlin, Glenn Maxwell

A junior fiction series about an up - and - coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell. Will Albright has finally achieved his dream of representing his home state of Victoria in cricket! But while...

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Sporty Kids: Footy!

Sporty Kids: Footy!

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Joe marked the footy. He ran with it as fast as he could. Then he handballed to Angus. 'Dropping the ball!' shouted the umpire. Joe is awesome at footy. So why is handballing so hard?

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Sporty Kids: Tennis!

Sporty Kids: Tennis!

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Yes!' yelled Stefan. He threw his arms up in the air. 'Game, set and match to me! But there was no one else to cheer him on. Stefan has winning racquet skills. But will he ever play a real game of tennis?

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Sporty Kids: Soccer!

Sporty Kids: Soccer!

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

FWOOOOMP! It was a killer kick, straight through goals. Abby did a victory dance and skipped around Joe and Lizzie. Abby always wins at soccer. So why won't Pete join her team?

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Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Scott Prince, David Hartley

Eleven-year-old Dylan has to move from Mt Isa to Brisbane and he's not happy. But as soon as he gets to Flatwater State School he finds a former Mount Isa Miner's footy supporter in his principal and a 'Broncos tragic' as a...

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Sporty Kids: Swimming!

Sporty Kids: Swimming!

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Ben dived. Jessica dived. Oliver dived. And Emma went WHACK! It was the belly-whacker of all belly-whackers. Emma is a swimming superstar. But can she learn to dive?

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Specky Magee

Specky Magee

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

Specky Magee is 12 years old and mad about Australian Rules Football, though no-one ever comes to watch him play. When he finds a photograph of himself as a baby in footy gear he suspects he might be adopted and sets off to find...

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Specky Magee And A Legend In The Making

Specky Magee And A Legend In The Making

Garry Lyon, Felice Arena

The Booyong High BugleFooty News! Only last month, former Booyong High student Simon 'Specky' Magee led the Gosmore Grammar Knights to victory against our courageous Booyong Lions. But now he's back in town! Well, we at the Bugle...

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Specky Magee And The Spirit Of The Game

Specky Magee And The Spirit Of The Game

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

The sixth book of the bestselling Specky Magee series has all the excitement you'd expect, and this time Specky gets to experience grass roots footy at its best. Ages 8+.

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Deadly D and Justice Jones: Rising Star

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Rising Star

Scott Prince, David Hartley

Deadly D and Justice Jones return in their most exciting and funny story yet! The action-packed, rugby league adventures of Deadly D and Justice Jones just got a whole lot deadlier. As Deadly D continues to be the NRL's hottest...

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Specky Magee & The Great Footy Contest

Specky Magee & The Great Footy Contest

Garry Lyon, Felice Arena

Specky Magee is the star player of The Booyong High Lions, his school's AFL team. He plays full forward and his gift is being able to take a 'spectacular specky'. When he hears of a nationwide contest to find extraordinary young...

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Deadly D and Justice Jones: The Search

Deadly D and Justice Jones: The Search

Scott Prince, Dave Hartley

This third instalment in the Deadly D series is another page-turning adventure story that sees Dylan and his loyal friend, Justice Jones, desperately trying to keep the secret of Deadly D from being revealed to the world. 

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Specky Magee & The Season Of Champions

Specky Magee & The Season Of Champions

Garry Lyon, Felice Arena

Simon 'Specky' Magee and his Under 14s football team, the Booyong High Lions, return to battle out the second half of their league's season. The Lions are playing well and Specky's form is looking good - perhaps good enough to win...

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Netball Gems 1: Hooked on Netball

Netball Gems 1: Hooked on Netball

Lisa Gibbs, Bernadette Hellard

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia Meet Maddy and her friends from the Gems!Maddy can't wait to play her first game of netball with her new team. She's been training hard...

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Crawf's Kick it to Nick : The Cursed Cup

Crawf’s Kick it to Nick : The Cursed Cup

Shane Crawford, Adrian Beck

It's the first footy game on the new oval and Nick and his team, the Cobar Creek Crocs, are desperate to win the golden cup. But when the cup is removed from its cabinet it turns into a terrifying metal monster, hungry to...

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Netball Gems 3: Pivot and Win

Netball Gems 3: Pivot and Win

Lisa Gibbs, Bernadette Hellard

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia Is being a Gem enough for determined Lily? Lily comes from a family of great netballers and dreams of playing for the Diamonds one day. She loves being on...

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Maxx Rumble Soccer 1: Knockout!

Maxx Rumble Soccer 1: Knockout!

Michael Wagner, Terry Denton

Follow Maxx, Rexx and the Stone Valley Saints through a tough (and hilarious) season of soccer mayhem. Eight teams. Three weeks. One winner! That's the Soccer Knockout competition. And the Saints want to be that winner. But before...

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Hit for Six: Kaboom Kid #4

Hit for Six: Kaboom Kid #4

David, J. S. Black, Jules Faber

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Big Switch: Kaboom Kid #1

Big Switch: Kaboom Kid #1

David, J. V. McGee, Jules Faber

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Playing Up: Kaboom Kid #2

Playing Up: Kaboom Kid #2

David, J. S. Black, Jules Faber

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Keep it Down!: Kaboom Kid #3

Keep it Down!: Kaboom Kid #3

David, J. V. McGee, Jules Faber

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Big Time: Kaboom Kid #5

Big Time: Kaboom Kid #5

David, J. V. McGee, Jules Faber

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Diary of a Basketball Hero

Diary of a Basketball Hero

Sally Heinrich, Shamini Flint

Marcus Atkinson is a basketball hero (not!). But his dad is convinced that Marcus has magic in his bounce.

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Specky Magee & The Battle Of The Young Guns

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

As Specky battles it out in the state carnival for a chance to play on the MCG turf, back at school he has a fight on his hands just to be allowed to play with his beloved Booyong Lions. When his long-lost grandpa comes to visit,...

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Diary of a Golf Pro

Diary of a Golf Pro

Shamini Flint, Sally Heinrich

Marcus is a maths whiz who is not good at sport. His dad is a self-help author who thinks Marcus can achieve anything he sets his mind to - with hilarious results. In illustrated diary format, Marcus's gentle, satiric humour and...

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Specky Magee And The Best Of Oz

Specky Magee And The Best Of Oz

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

Specky has been selected to represent Australia in International Rules, taking on the Irish in a two-test competition. They're the best of the best that Australia has to offer, but can the boys learn to play with a new set of...

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Fox Swift Takes on The Unbeatables

Fox Swift Takes on The Unbeatables

David Lawrence, Cyril Rioli

Fox Swift is over the moon about captaining the Davinal Diggers for another season. Who wouldn't be? The Diggers have Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli giving them tips, some quirky star players, and a kangaroo with attitude as their...

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Specky Magee & The Boots Of Glory

Specky Magee & The Boots Of Glory

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

More football from this bestselling series for children. Young readers will love Specky and his friends and their further adventures in football. Ages 8+.

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Netball Gems 2: Chase Your Goal

Netball Gems 2: Chase Your Goal

Lisa Gibbs, Bernadette Hellard

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia Can shy Phoebe find her place in the Gems? Phoebe loves to shoot goals, and she's great at it too. She dreams of being a famous...

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Netball Gems 4: Defend to the End

Netball Gems 4: Defend to the End

Lisa Gibbs, Bernadette Hellard

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia Will Maia ever fit in with the Gems? Maia s just moved to Australia from New Zealand and is finding it tough. She misses her cousins, her netball team and the...

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Extra Time

Extra Time

Morris Gleitzman

When 13-year-old Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, he's offered the chance of a lifetime - a try-out at one of Europe's biggest and most glamorous soccer...

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