Tom is 11 years old and cricket-crazy.
Until now, it has just been Tom, his dad and their dog Archie. Now his dad has a new girlfriend who is spending more and more time with the family. Tom doesn’t want things to change and this is made worse by the fact that Tanya does not like dogs! Things go from bad to worse when Tom’s best friend gets sick and Tom’s new cricket bat goes missing. However, Tom finds a new friend in Izzy who will help him to improve his game and solve some of the problems which are bothering him.
Cricket Crazy is a good combination of sporting action and sensitively approaching a change in family dynamics. It is the perfect length for reluctant readers, with very relatable characters. I know this novel will be popular in our school library. It is so good to see a fiction book for young readers with a sporting theme, as this seems to be lacking currently.
Title: Cricket Crazy
Author: Vivienne Bailey
Illustrator: Theo Macdonald
Publisher: The Cuba Press
Publication: March 2021
Ages: Junior 7+
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? No.
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Library Lead Teacher, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Recommended.
Opening sentence: ‘C’mon, Tom, give us a six.’ It was Mr Gavin the coach.
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