My Rating: 4/5
Source: Scholastic Australia
Matty loves footy.
He's South Sydney's #1 fan and the star scorer in his own local team. He knows he can help his team to the semi-finals and beyond. But things don't go to plan, and now it seems Matty won't be able to help his team to victory after all. But help can come from surprising places, and people.
This is the perfect book for reluctant readers. The ONLY books my brother has ever voluntarily read are the Specky Magee books (a series of books about Australian Football) and so it would seem this book is the next generation in that genre.
Matty was a really relatable character for me. It helped that he was around the same age I was when my obsession with football really began.
I found it refreshing that the book was centered around indigenous characters as that is something I have never come across before - it added a whole cultural element to the story as well.
This book uses football/rugby league to explore deeper issues such as family. Matty and his sister Nita do not get along at all, and the development of their relationship takes place throughout the book.
Nita was a very intriguing character in her own right. She hates football, in a family obsessed with it. She is a vegetarian - sorry, a kangatarian (it's a real thing, google it). Nita had a very Lisa Simpson vibe about her.
Overall, being about sport I was probably always going to enjoy this one, but I must admit it had a lot more depth to it than I had expected.