Sammy and the Shooting Stars

When Sammy Banks used her new Comet football boots to kick her football into a bowl of custard, she thought she was doomed.

Instead, she is given the chance of a lifetime, to try out for the best football club in town.

But is she good enough? Will she be able to ignore the teasing?

And will she ever be able to dribble the ball past her dog Splodge?

Written by former Football Fern Dr Michele Cox and illustrated by Miguel Carvajal

$18.95 incl. GST

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The first book in the exciting Sammy Football Trilogy, Sammy and the Shooting Stars is the latest release from former Football Fern and author Dr Michele Cox. Be introduced to the world of football-mad Sammy Banks and her sidekick dog, Splodge. The series continues in Way to Play Sammy and the third book, Sammy goes to the World Cup, is available to pre-order with delivery expected in May 2023.

Suggested reading age 9-12 years. Some interior illustrations.

Read the first two chapters in The Sampling over on The Sapling (and remember to come back here to buy the book :))

About the Kiwi author

Dr Michele CoxDr Michele Cox is a former Football Fern — the New Zealand Women’s National Football team — with six published books to date. The Sammy Football Trilogy draws on Michele’s experiences growing up playing football — a male-dominated sport. Michele and her mother, Barbara Cox, were the first mother and daughter in the world to play together on the field in international games. The duo debuted in the national team in 1987. Michele’s sister, Tara, also played for New Zealand, and her dad, Roy, coached the national team.
Michele believes in promoting health and well-being through physical activity. To complement her work in sports, she has an array of qualifications, including a PhD in Physical Activity/Health Promotion.

Additional information

Dimensions20 × 13 × 0.75 cm
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Paperback edition



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Published by

Clean Slate Press

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