Although the women’s version of Aussie Rules has been around since the early 20th century with regular competitions and state leagues being established over the years it wasn’t until 2017 that women’s AFL first became professionalised at a national level. Now with more 2 million viewers/followers, the game has been growing in leaps and bounds attracting much attention both nationally and worldwide.
Ok, I admit it. I grew up in Sydney, right in the middle of Dragons territory back in our club’s glory days. My friends and I played regular games of footy before school and at break times (I still have a scar on my knee from a tackle gone wrong one dewy morning!). So really, I didn’t even know AFL existed until I was an adult. Truthfully, I still don’t completely ‘get it’, however, I can very much appreciate the athleticism and skill of the women who play it. Certainly, it is very exciting to see now the focus on these sporting stars and the dedicated following they have garnered.
What better way then to encourage young girls to take up the game than a fun book with a twist! Kids love ‘choose your own ending’ books, that’s a given. Throw into that mix the excitement of a new club taking up their first serious challenge against a very competitive team and you’ve got a winner in all senses. The narrative has a quick pace and is an accessible read for even those students who are not strong readers and even those who are not die-hard footy fans will find the format appealing. With eight different possible endings, it’s a book to which kids can return over and over.
I give this book a high recommendation for kids from around Year 4 upwards, whether fans of the game or not, indeed whether they are fans of sport or not! A good fun read which they will find hugely enjoyable all round.
Oh George, why do you do this to me? I continually bomb out – repeatedly. I must be the most hopeless ‘choose-your-own-adventurer’ ever! But they are great fun – and the kids are eating them up. I have a bunch of girls who just love the interactivity of this series – and I know that boys are just as wild for them. Hopefully they’re better survivors than I am!
You Choose 9: Extreme Machine Challenge
Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s
Of course if you are attending the Extreme Machine Expo the highlight would be actually getting to drive one for real, rather than just the simulator demos. After all, it must be safe right? So which should you choose? Motorbikes, helicopters, jets, speedboats – so much variety it’s mindboggling. You are so excited by all the possibilities you don’t even notice those strange characters at first. But strange things are afoot and suddenly you are in the race of your life.
You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons
Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s
Naturally anyone who has always been obsessed by dragons is going to try and prove a legend about them. When you find out about the rumours of dragons right near your school camp you just have to try and discover the truth. And wow! When you come across two peculiar looking eggs, maybe the legend really is true! But just because you love dragons doesn’t mean they are going to love you right back does it?
If you have kept up with this blog you will have read my reviews of the You Choose… series previously. For those who have not purchased these great titles here’s the opportunity to double the fun with two bind-ups each with two stories.
These particularly appeal to reluctant boy readers but have equal attraction for those who just want a bit of a spooky read – and there are plenty of those! I have secondary students trying to inveigle me into ‘shifting’ some titles from the primary library as they think they are ‘too scary’ for the younger ones. Really it’s just because they want to read them again!
It’s unfortunate that I never seem to successfully navigate my way through these – I always end up SPLAT in some way or other! Fortunately, others seem to have more luck – or is that skill?
The series is now up to #11 so this is a great time to stock up on the earlier titles and start promoting them.
Highly recommended for readers from around Year 4 and up.
When I received my first copies of books from this series I road tested them on my grandson who is somewhat of a reluctant reader. In fact, he was staying at my place, picked them up and didn’t put them down until he’d finished each. To me that’s a pretty fair indication of how they will be received in your library.
These latest two have gone to another young man who might enjoy them and I await his response eagerly. I know I’m pretty hopeless – I couldn’t get past 3 choices until I was exterminated so I hope he does better!
George has cleverly taken all the great aspects of gaming and transformed them into book form where readers can challenge themselves to achieve the end goal. While primarily aimed at Middle Primary to Upper Primary these can be enjoyed by readers of all ages and certainly, if you have readers who struggle these would be a superb choice as the level of engagement and the appeal of the subject matter are perfect. Readers will persist with their reading quite naturally as they attempt to navigate their way through all the pitfalls of each story.
Clowns are considered very sinister in our family so the Night of the Creepy Carnival is well named and I didn’t like being caught out by them at all! Aliens are marginally less scary but still enough to appeal to those readers who like a good safe fright.
I remember so well how my own girls used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure format (especially the Famous Five series!) and think the timing of bringing this style of fast paced interactive reading back to the attention of a new readership is perfect.
Highly recommended for readers aged around 9 and up. Do you have what it takes?