Wednesday 9 March 2022

The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan

The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan by Felice Arena (Puffin) PB $16.99 ISBN 9781761044366

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

This latest book from the best-selling series, Specky Magee, covers a wide range of themes including Australian history, relationships, migration, racism, World War 11, the equality movement and more. 

The war seems a long way away to Maggie Flanagan. Her brother is somewhere across the sea, flying to protect England from the Germans and the Italians. But Maggie is more interested in playing football and finding out who’s going to play for St Kilda this season.

However, when Maggie sees what she’s sure is a Japanese spy plane in the Melbourne skies, war becomes very real. The Japanese attack Australia up north, raining bombs on Darwin and Broome, and American soldiers start appearing on the street. Worst of all, it seems the football season will be cancelled.

When Maggie decides to stage an all-girl football game to raise money for the troops, she is breaking all the rules. Who says girls can play football?

This is a moving and inspiring story which is likely to be of interest to young readers from 8 to 11 years.

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