The Miracle Goal by Tony Wilson (ABC Books) HB RRP $14.99 ISBN 978-0-733335-46-4
Reviewed by Karen Hendriks
The Miracle Goal is one of those books written from the heart. It is based on the antics of the real life footy mad Selwood Boys, which makes it not only easy to read, but genuine and warm. If you are an AFL fan and love footy, this is the book for you. The book targets the 7 years plus age group and would also suit classroom teachers due to its broad range of topics so skillfully covered.
Tony Wilson is a well-loved Australian author who inspires children to read and love books. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book to ignite a love of reading in a child and who needs to find a book that suits a child’s interests. Boys in particular will gravitate to this story, but girls will also soak it up.
The Miracle Goal is part of a series of books based upon the Selwood boys’ childhood growing up in Bendigo, Victoria and is based upon the funny things that happened to the boys. The topics covered include footy, family, sibling rivalry, competitveness, pranks, school, friendship, fairness, twins and having a disability, so you get a lot of bang in one story. There is madness, mayhem, mischief and mateship.
The sign of a good writer is the ease in which you can read and enjoy the story and this book does that. The first few chapters introduce each boy and their individuality and little quirks. Then the scene is set around footy and school by portraying all the characters to paint a vivid picture. I won’t give too much away as I think you need to read the book.
For some light hearted fun with learning along the way give ‘The Miracle Goal’ a whirl and remember to be the best that you can be.