Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky by Tom Palmer & illustrated by Dan Cornwell

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky by Tom Palmer is the sixth book in the fantastic 21st century reboot of the stories of the classic children’s football star, Roy Race. Rocky Race is a strong girl who dominates the football pitch. In this book, she gets to be the star and prove she is so much more than just Roy’s little sister. Through the ups and downs of football, school and all of the other challenges life throws at her, Rocky strives to discover the person she really wants to become.

This story is hugely relatable and will appeal to so many young people. Rocky faces external and internal pressures to be the best and do the right thing. Relationships with friends and family, the realities of school and exams, and sporting demands cause her to question her abilities and whether she can actually make something of herself. The impact of anxiety, expectations and pressures are depicted clearly with positive strategies for coping and moving forward. Readers will learn practical ways to handle stress when things don’t always go their way.

Through grit and determination, Rocky proves that girls can be tough and have what it takes to excel. She is a brilliant role model for girls and boys alike, showing that there is always a way through life’s challenges if you keep going and never give up.

Thank you to Tom Palmer and Rebellion Publishing for this exciting book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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