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Aug 07 2015

Glenn Maxwell series by Patrick Loughlin

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Random House, 2015.
Glenn Maxwell: State Showdown. ISBN 9780857986115
Glenn Maxwell: World Domination. ISBN 9780857986139
(Age: Yr 3-4) The interest in cricket at my school is very high with the Ashes series. With the women also competing in their Ashes series, that interest is widespread. So it has been with delight that when several have asked me if I had the latest in this series that features the world's leading T20 player, I've been able to hand them over or put their names on the reserve list.
The series continues Will Albright's journey from local team to state representation which is his dream. But a crisis in confidence threatens his success and so Maxwell steps into help. And finally, in World Domination his team is off to England to take on the best of the best in the T20 Youth World Cup. Each book includes Maxwell's Top Tips for T20 batting and a full glossary of cricket terms and colleague Sue Warren has a Q&A with Glenn Maxwell himself at https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/qa-glenn-maxwell/ Even though the books themselves are written for an independent reader about Year 3-4 level, a number of the names on my reserves list are both older and younger, showing that the subject is the key ingredient and that having enjoyed the first two it is the storyline that brings them back, not any degree of difficulty with the text.
If you haven't got the first two - Lucky Break and Academy All-Stars - then it is worth seeking them out so when students' thoughts turn to playing cricket as summer comes (they say it is coming) you will have a complete series to offer them.
Barbara Braxton

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