Ford Street Publishing Pty Ltd
Publication date: May 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Berger
Footy Dreaming tells the tale of two talented boys, Ben and Noah, and their dreams of playing AFL at the MGC. It is set in a Victorian town where the boys play in rival teams and where football is the way of life for everyone. When Noah is racially vilified in a match against Ben’s team, things change for both of the boys. Ben realises that there is more to someone than their skin colour and Noah is challenged to question life-long loyalties and alliances.
When a football scout comes to town both boys must prove they are good enough for the big league, all the while dealing with the ups and downs of family life; a family death; and everyone judging the decisions they make.
This book will interest young readers who love a good Australian sports story. As the book’s main characters are teenage boys, middle school boys in particular will easily identify with the characters. It is a quick read that will be sure to engage reluctant readers. Themes of family, racism and sport make it suitable for schools.
Teacher notes are available: http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/index.php/ford-street-titles/books/290-footy-dreaming