The Selwood Boys - Battle Royale by Tony Wilson (ABC Books) HB RRP $14.99 ISBN 978-0-733335-45-7
Reviewed by Karen Hendriks
In this recent book in the series, Tony Wilson introduces AFL Royalty, the Selwood Boys and shares stories about the four future AFL stars growing up in the Selwood house. There's madness, mayhem and sibling rough and tumble everyday - and lots of footy, of course!
Meet the Selwood boys: there are the twins, Troy and Adam, strong and sporty and full of energy, then Joel, who is talented and itching to be a fair dinkum footy player, and finally little Scott, who just does his best to keep up and not be left behind. Joel dearly wants to be off the sidelines, and on the footy field to play with his big brothers. But Mum and Dad are making Joel wait, so he has to make do with being the boundary umpire for his brothers.
It'll be a battle royale that's bound to involve the whole family! The book targets ages 7 to12 years. Battle Royale is a fantastic tale for all young readers, especially boys aged seven and up with a love for AFL footy.
The book not only covers the code, but the themes of family, sportsmanship, friendship and bullying. Battle Royal is perfect for teachers who are looking for a fun book to cover bullying. This is the first book in a series of four so I can also recommend Book 2 - The Miracle Goal, with books 3 and 4 coming out very soon.