Cricket Crazy

Tom Willard is a cricket-crazy eleven-year-old who lives in Wellington with solo dad, Dave, and Archie the dog.

He dreams of making the junior rep cricket squad and playing at the fabled Basin Reserve, but his prized cricket bat has disappeared and he’s got to face Menace Mitchell, the bowler from hell.

Just when Tom thinks things couldn’t get any worse, his dad’s dog-hating girlfriend moves in.

But then he meets Izzy, a star all-rounder, and things start to look up – or do they?

Written by Vivienne Bailey

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NZ Booklovers ~ “There is something quintessential about summer and cricket in New Zealand, and that’s what Vivienne Bailey has captured in this fun and fast paced young adult fiction novel. Sport is in the blood for kiwis and it’s great to see a novel that celebrates and promotes our National summer pastime. Such novels are too few and far between.”

“This novel should be added to every school and home library, pretty much compulsory reading in upper primary to harness the strength of will of Tom, the reconciliation between Tom and his Dad, and the resilience to face some pretty tricky incidents along the way! Sometimes it feels as if poor Tom just can’t catch a break when it comes to dealing with everything.

“As a young adult fiction piece the novel reads exceptionally well. The writing is on point and pitches the language and the dialogue perfectly. Some of the nuances of the game may put some people off, the matches are very well explained and if you do get stuck with the cricketing jargon, there is a wonderful glossary at the back of the book.” Read the full review.

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Dimensions19.8 × 12.8 cm

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Published by

Ahoy! (an imprint of The Cuba Press)


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