Sports and Hobbies

Children who don’t enjoy reading are often interested in sport so they may be tempted by books with a sporting background.

Wipe Out
by Mimi Thebo
(Collins)
For one week we travel with Billy who has lost his mother, Kitten Brown. Kitten was a tiger surfer winning Hawaii Tropic Open trophy. She’s larger than life and twice as vibrant. For Billy,
she’s gone except when he dreams – large dreams, full of colour and surfing. And slowly his dreams and his life swap over. His life is made harder by his mother’s last wish to have him stay with Aunty Mary before her funeral.
With mum’s death come questions. Will he and his father learn how to live without mum? Will they learn to talk to each other? And how can he leave Aunty Mary in her grey house with
her budget life?
By the end of the book, everything has changed. We are travel a lifetime with Billy’s family and friends and you can’t help liking him. Mimi Thebo writes powerfully and simply to produce
an honest book that captures the first painful days of a loved ones death. It’s a boy’s book, although surfer girls will relate to it, and it’s a fantastic book for reluctant boy readers.
Ages 10+
(reviewed by Catherine Randle)
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Glory Gardens
by Bob Cattell, Illustrated by David Kearney
(Red Fox)
Hooker and his friends are just a group of kids who play cricket in the park until, at a teacher’s suggestion, they form their own team – the Glory Gardens XI. This series of books follows the team from their early days in the under 12s league right through to the under 15s and a tour
of the Caribbean. The stories delight young cricket fans, including reluctant readers, and  contain enough information on cricket to help non-players understand the plot.
(with thanks to Kate)
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Glory in the Cup
Bound for Glory 
The Big Test

World Cup Fever

League of Champions

Blaze of Glory

Fishing Forever
by David Churchill
(Merlin Unwin Books)
Well-written and fast moving, this book is a series of exciting short stories about Ken and Dave, two boys who love fishing. It has plenty of technical detail and descriptions to delight angling enthusiasts and the short story  approach appeals to reluctant readers who may feel daunted
by a long book. As an added bonus, the author invites young readers to write to him and promises to put their reviews on his website.
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