Tuesday 1 February 2022

James Tedesco – Red vs Blue

James Tedesco – Red vs Blue by James Tedesco and Heath McKenzie (Pan Macmillan Australia) PB RRP $14.99     ISBN: 9781760982928

Reviewed by Jeffery E Doherty

James Tedesco – Red vs Blue is the second book from the Tedesco/Mckenzie team about the early rugby league life of legend player, James Tedesco. The book is full of cool characters and fun illustrations and follows young James as he attempts to start up a new under 12’s team in the local competition.

For readers who don’t know James Tedesco, nicknamed Teddy, he is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He is a Dally M winner; a NSW State of Origin back-to-back winner; and a back-to-back NRL grand-final winner. He has played for Italy and Australia at international level. It is obvious from the book that Teddy had a great love of and talent for the game since childhood.

The story is entertaining and full of adventure and misadventure as Tedesco tries to put together his new team, the Camden Blue’s. His plan is hampered when half of his former teammates have moved away or taken up new sports. Recruiting new players for his team is urgent, tricky, and often amusing. Time is running out because their game against their archrivals, Camden Red’s is fast approaching.

This is definitely a fun book and a must read for any young rugby league fans. It is an easy read and a good story with quirky illustrations by Heath McKenzie.


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