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Football Fever 1: The Kick-off

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.

“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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