Bring it On!: Play Like a Girl Book One (Jo Stanley, Five Mile)
Finally, a series about our national sport that stars girls! Jo Stanley has combined her love of footy and empowering women in the new ‘Play Like a Girl’ series, with each book to focus on a different character—her life, her friends and her footy team. Bring it On! introduces the very relatable Sarah Langdon, who has just started at a new school away from her friends and the beach. Moving is never easy, but when you can no longer surf and your new classmates are mad about footy, it’s a whole new ball game. How are you supposed to fit in when you can’t even manage a handball? This story of friendship, family and, of course, football has everything from serious competition to a farting dog. With the rise of the AFL Women’s league, this series is set to be a hit, and not just with those with an interest in sport. Best suited for middle-primary readers, Bring it On! will make its readers laugh, cheer and squirm along with Sarah’s triumphs and embarrassments as she learns to find her place in a new town.
Eadie Allen is a bookseller at the Younger Sun Bookshop