Saturday, February 2, 2013

For boys who love their sports!

Shot, Boom, Score! By Justin Brown (Allen & Unwin)

‘Right, now, my boy.’ When Toby’s dad says these words, Toby knows he’s in trouble. But this time is different. Sure he just double bounced his big sister off the trampoline, and she has a broken arm to show for it – but Dad thinks Toby just needs something to focus on. Something to aim for.

Toby can’t believe his ears when Dad promises Toby a GameBox V3 if he can score 20 wickets and 10 tries in the following cricket and rugby seasons. Too easy!

Toby lives and breathes sports, can bowl top spinners with his eyes shut and score tries all day long. But then a new kid joins their class. (Someone as big as an adult with hairy caveman legs). Someone called Malcolm McGarvy.

When Malcolm learns of Toby’s challenge, he does everything in his power to prevent Toby achieving it, with tons of dirty tricks up his sleeve. But Toby is determined… Then rugby season rolls around and Toby is up against his teacher, mean Mrs Martin-Edge who suspends him for four games! But that GameBox V3 is too good to give up on.

A laugh out loud tale for all sports lovers! Cricket & rugby are key themes but Toby lives and breathes all sports, is loyal to his mates, and is a likeable character.

Originally hailing from Hawera, Justin Brown has had many travels, been  a radio and tv host, creative writing teacher and  a stand up comic. He has written non-fiction for children and adults, animation scripts, and junior chapter books with Shot, Boom Score! his first novel for children. Check out his website -

ISBN – 978 1743313688 RRP $19

Paperback 180 Pages

Due out Feb 2013

Reviewed by Adele Broadbent

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