The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan by Felice Arena – Our Review


Our Review…

We all know now girls love their footy, but football inspired novels with female players and sporting girl heroes are still a bit rare. Inspired by Sister Clare, his real life teacher at Kyabram primary school who would dazzle the kids with her unconventional footy skills at lunchtime, Felice Arena has woven this story of young Maggie Flanagan, a budding young footy player in 1942.

Maggie’s beloved brother is away at the warfront and she is missing him dreadfully. When her school suggests they stage a fundraiser for the war effort, various ideas for the girls stall are floated, such as a sewing circle or a cake stand, but when Maggie suggests an all girls footy match she is laughed out of the room. Yet Maggie is headstrong and devoted to football and a little put out with how she has been treated. Discover what happens next in the great inspiring novel for girls and boys alike. Perfect for middle readers 8-12 years.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books