Football Fever Series

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Football Fever 1: The Kick-off

Football Fever 1: The Kick-off

A CommBank Matildas and Socceroos story

Everyone’s got football fever!

The first book in an action-packed junior fiction series in partnership with Football Australia. Featuring Commbank Matildas and Socceroos stars Sam Kerr, Ellie Carpenter, Mary Fowler, Rhyan Grant, Joel King – and more!

It’s a new season for the Under 11s Merridale Fever! Kyra’s the star striker and can’t wait to meet the team’s new recruit, Sam – all the way from England. But Sam has a secret – he’s never played on a mixed team, and it’s shaking his confidence. Will advice from some very special football superstars help Kyra and Sam join forces so the team can kick off the season with a bang, or will it end in disaster before it even begins?

Published by Penguin Random House as part of an expansive publishing program in the lead-up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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“I loved the Merridale gang. A fun, warm hearted adventure for sports loving kids.”

- Belinda Murrell, Best-selling Children's Author

“We love a great sport themed book for kids. The stories are really character driven so even if you aren’t the biggest soccer fan you will still love the story!”

- Rachel Robson, Gleebooks

“Delightful!! What a lovely, happy, energetic, thoughtful read.”

- Ursula Dubosarsky, Children's Author & 2019–2020 Australian Children's Laureate

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Football Fever 2: Half-Time Heroes

Football Fever 2: Half-Time Heroes

A CommBank Matildas and Socceroos story

Everyone’s got football fever!

The second book in an action-packed junior fiction series in partnership with Football Australia. Featuring Commbank Matildas and Socceroos stars Emily van Egmond, Courtney Nevin, Awer Mabil, Marco Tilio and more!

The Under 11s Merridale Fever are back! They’re having their best season ever, and even better – they have the chance to play as Half-time Heroes at a Socceroos game. All they have to do is make a video showing what makes their team special. Instead of working together, the team take sides and try to convince each other that their way is the best way. Can tips from some of Australia’s best footballers help the Fever agree on what makes them heroes?

“A charmingly observant and child-centred evocation of how to tackle both the joys and disappointmets of being a child – both in team sport and in wider life. Highly recommended!”

- Ursula Dubosarsky – Award-winning Children's Authors and 2020–2021 Australian Children's Laureate

“I think one of the things I really value about this series so far is the celebration of differences within the team, as well as their common love of football. I rate this: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ (This series keeps getting better!)”

- Zoe, @idreamofallthebooks – Book Reviewer

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Football Fever 3: Next Level

Football Fever 3: Next Level

A CommBank Matildas and Socceroos story

Everyone’s got football fever!

The third book in an action-packed junior fiction series in partnership with Football Australia. Featuring Commbank Matildas and Subway Socceroos stars Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord, Milos Degenek, Andrew Redmayne and more!

It’s time for the Under 11s Merridale Fever to test their skills against the most talented young footballers in Australia! The whole team has been selected for the National High Potential Pathway program and are taking part in a two-day camp. Both Kat and Crabbie are determined to be chosen for the Game of Stars match but will need to find a way to perform when they’re faced with challenges on and off the field. Can they learn from their football heroes and take it to the next level when it counts?

Part of an expansive publishing program in the lead-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

“This a perfect read aloud for all primary students, lots to discuss.. ethics, well-being choices, family dynamics and the perfect book to get everyone excited about the World Cup and women in sport!”

- Rachel Robson – Bookseller, Gleebooks

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Football Fever 4: Gala Day

Football Fever 4: Gala Day

A CommBank Matildas and Socceroos story

Everyone’s got football fever!

The fourth book in an action-packed junior fiction series in partnership with Football Australia. Featuring Commbank Matildas and Subway Socceroos stars Kyah Simon, Craig Goodwin, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Garang Kuol – and more!

Following their success at the High Potential Pathway Program for Australia’s future football stars, the Under 11s Merridale Fever are set to finish their season on a high – if they can win their last game against rivals Newhurst FC, the one team they have never beaten. But before this can happen, a huge storm damages the Merridale clubhouse and fields and threatens to cancel their end-of-season Gala Day. Can help from some football greats be the motivation the team needs to be their best both on and off the pitch?

About Kristin

Welcome to my website!

I am a Sydney-based children's writer and the author of the junior fiction series "Football Fever". The first book "The Kick-Off" is out in September 2022.

Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, inspiring children to create stories is my passion. I love helping kids find new ways to share the stories of their time and their world.​

Meet Kristin