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Oct 29 2015

Chance of a lifetime by David Harding with Izzy Folau

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Random House Australia, 2015. ISBN 978857986610
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. I need to confess that I have a minimal knowledge of Rugby Union, so small that I had no idea who Izzy Folau was or how famous he is.
I approached this novel with trepidation. I had bought the book for school after conversations with students who were Rugby Union fans but I had no intention of reading it myself. That was until fate (Pat, the ReadPlus editor) sent me a copy to review.
I thought the book would be all about rugby skills and there are hints and comments from Izzy about the best way to play but the focus is more about relationships and personal belief systems.
The two protagonists of the story have very different backgrounds. Daniel has no doubts about his skills but has a lot to learn about teamwork, while Sione is skilled but plagued with self-doubts.
They are both selected to play on The Valley Rep Team, coached by Izzy Folau. With other boys, they leave their homes to train and learn to work together.
At first all does not go well as both boys have lots to discover about themselves and each other.
At the back of the book is a breakdown of each Valley Rep player and hints from Izzy about playing Rugby Union. Line drawings are scattered throughout the novel.
This book will be enjoyed by Rugby Union loving children from age 8 to 12 years.
I recommend this book for purchase.
Jane Moore

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