Persevere and Succeed: Read Our Review of Kicking Goals #1: The Flip Out by Sam Kerr and Fiona Harris, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka

Persevere and Succeed: Read Our Review of Kicking Goals #1: The Flip Out by Sam Kerr and Fiona Harris, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka

Sam Kerr is an Aussie Rules fan through and through. When she’s excluded from her team she doesn’t know what to do. Netball? No thanks. Chess? Bleugh.

Her best friends Dylan and Indi think she should flip from Aussie Rules to soccer – and it doesn’t seem so bad at first. The coach is ok. The team seems nice enough…

But with the school bully, Chelsea, on her case and the pressure of learning new rules weighing her down, will it all be too much? Will Sam give up – or will she make the flip?

Kicking Goals is the debut middle-grade series co-written by Sam Kerr and Fiona Harris, with illustrations by Aki Fukuoka. Kerr is currently the captain of the Australia women’s soccer team, the Matildas, and a leading goal scorer for Chelsea in the English FA Women’s Super League.

The Flip Out is based on Sam’s life story, following her move away from playing Aussie Rules simply because there wasn’t a girls’ team for her to join. With encouragement from her family, who told her not to give up, Sam soon discovers soccer … and so the story begins.

Admittedly, my experience and encounters with soccer are limited ­– very limited – so I read this book with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective. I loved it! Whether you’re a soccer novice or superstar, there’s so much to take away from this book.

While specific to soccer, this book covers the universal themes of teamwork, personal challenges (on and off the pitch), overcoming obstacles, family and friendship, and perseverance. These aspects of the book can be applied to any passion in life, ultimately teaching us that hard work and determination will help you reach your goal – in soccer and beyond.

Kerr says: ‘Through these books, I hope to share some of my personal stories of growing up, of pushing boundaries and chasing my dreams.’ And The Flip Out does exactly that. It’s an uplifting read that has inspired me to reach for goals I’ve been pushing aside.

If you’re a fan of Billie B Brown, Go Girl and Tiny Timmy, then you’ll love Kicking Goals! Book #2 in the series, A New Knight, is due for publication in December 2021. I recommend this book and series for boys and girls aged 7+.

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    Publisher details

    Sam Kerr: Kicking Goals #1: The Flip Out
    Authors
    Aki Fukuoka, Fiona Harris, Sam Kerr
    Publisher
    Simon and Schuster
    Genre
    Children’s Fiction
    Released
    15 September, 2021
    ISBN
    9781761100857

    Synopsis

    Sam Kerr is an Aussie Rules fan through and through. When she’s excluded from her team she doesn’t know what to do. Netball? No thanks. Chess? Bleugh. Her best friends Dylan and Indi think she should flip from Aussie Rules to soccer – and it doesn’t seem so bad at first. The coach is OK. The team seems nice enough … But with Chelsea the school bully on her case and the pressure of learning new rules weighing her down, will it all be too much? Will Sam give up – or will she make the flip?
    Sam Kerr
    About the author

    Sam Kerr

    Sam Kerr is the captain of the Australia women’s national soccer team – the Matildas – and a leading goal scorer for Chelsea in the English FA Women’s Super League. She burst onto the W-League scene as a 15-year-old playing with Perth Glory. In 2016 she played for the Matildas at the Olympics in Brazil, and she was the top goal scorer in the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Since joining Chelsea in 2019, Sam has positioned herself as one of the best female strikers in the world. She was named 2018 Young Australian of the Year.

    Books by Sam Kerr

    Fiona Harris
    About the author

    Fiona Harris

    Fiona is an actor/writer. She has written for television sketch comedy shows Flipside, Comedy Inc, Skithous and Prank Patrol, story consulted on The Time of Our Lives, had three books published in the Forever Clover series for Hardie Grant Egmont and directed numerous stage plays for Stage School Australia. She is also mother to two beautiful girls, who are quite partial to a bit of singing and dancing on stage!

    Books by Fiona Harris

    Aki Fukuoka
    About the author

    Aki Fukuoka

    Books by Aki Fukuoka

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