Netball Gems Defend to the End by B. Hellard and L.Gibbs
Published by Random House Australia
It's hard to find something more quintessentially Australian than Netball. Netball Gems Defend to the End has been written with the support of Netball Australia and is a fantastic introduction to the sport for any young Australian.
In this book Defend to the End we meet Maia who has moved to Australia from New Zealand. Not only is Maia missing her friends and family, she is also missing playing netball. Feeling like she doesn't belong anywhere in Australia it's not long before Maia finds a netball team - the Marrang Gems - to join.
While enjoying the games and training, Maia still doesn't feel like she fits in and her first game is a bit of a let-down as the style of netball played in Australia is different to what she's used to. Feeling like she's being asked to let go part of her training Maia is hurt.
Before long Maia opens herself up to her new teammates and finds out that they not only have something in common, but can help each other learn. Defend to the End is a lovely story of finding yourself among all odds and learning to try something new. As well as sharing a story of young girls, readers will be able to learn more about netball and pick-up some training tips.
This is the perfect series for any young reader wanting to learn more about netball, I predict it's a popular addition court-side this netball season. Well worth the read for young and old alike.
CKT Book Reviewer
Authors: B Hellard and L Gibbs
Title: Netball Gems Defend to the End
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: November 2015