Glenn Maxwell #1: Lucky Break/Glenn Maxwell #2: Academy All-Stars – Patrick Loughlin

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What is summer in Australia without the snick of ball on bat and the appreciation of the crowd on a hot steamy day? Sadly, the Australian cricket community and those of us who love to watch the game are still recovering from the awful tragedy of Phillip Hughes’ death. There will be many students who, even as they deal with the shock of this news, will be nurturing a burning ambition to be playing for their state and country as they get older.

Another of our rising cricket stars, Glenn Maxwell, has partnered with author Patrick Loughlin to create a series of books which will engage young readers whilst also instilling in them both a greater love of the game and adding to their skills and knowledge of our traditional national obsession. How amazing that our youngsters can be as passionate as they are about a sport with origins in the 16th century? And coming out of a year-long contract in a boys’ GPS school, I can assure you that this is most definitely the case.

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Glenn Maxwell 1: Lucky Break

ISBN: 9780857986078

Published: 01/12/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 192 pages

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Glenn Maxwell 2: Academy All-Stars

  ISBN: 9780857986092

Published: 01/12/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 192 pages

Young Will Allbright is a pretty handy player who loves his game and has, like many youngsters, a drive to succeed at it. After his coach nominates him to participate in an upcoming T20 training camp, Will realises that it is not just the love of the game that will get him through – though, that’s an important part – but dedication, commitment and hard work. It helps, of course, when your cricketing hero Glenn Maxwell, is going to be one of your mentors.  At the camp, the pressure is on to be one of the chosen selected kids to enter the T20 Youth Academy program and Will discovers in himself inner reserves to enable this.

When Will survives the onslaught of ‘Killer’ MacKinnon’s demonic speed bowling and several other contretemps, he is accepted into the Academy’s program.

This doesn’t mean the end of his nerves and anxieties though – far from it!  He faces even more when the training program is underway including having to compete with his best mate, Shavil, for the opening batsman’s spot.

This series is very accessible to those readers who may not be our most accomplished readers and is also highly engaging. One of the stand outs for me is that our talented girl players are not ignored – in fact, they give the boys a run (sorry!) for their money!

There are two more episodes already on the release lists and my prediction is that these books will be devoured by both boys and girls who aspire to wearing the baggy green for our great country.

You simply can’t go wrong in getting these onto your library shelves and while we are in the tail end (sorry, again) of the year, you just know your kids are going to come back in January, rehashing every match they have watched.

See these fly off the shelves then! In fact, knock your students for six by having them ready to go 😉

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Next week I will be posting a Q&A with Glenn Maxwell so check back here for that!

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