Subtitle: Book 1
By: Sherryl Clark with Ellyse Perry
Genre: YNW - Sports & outdoor recreation (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House Australia
Published: 03 Oct 2016
ISBN: 9780143781240


Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia’s most prominent sportswoman!

All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics – you name it! But now that she’s in high school, playing sport and having fun doesn’t seem so simple. For starters, there’s more homework, and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with debating! Ugh. Then her friends, Jazz and Charlie, don’t invite her when they go rollerskating. To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won’t let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small. Could life be more unfair?

Luckily, she still has club cricket. Her team are a sure bet to make the grand final, and Ellyse can’t wait to get out onto the pitch with her mate Jamie.

Will Ellyse be able to handle the challenges of high school and still find time for all her sports?


This is a fantastic start to a new series based on one of Australia’s great sporting stars, Ellyse Perry.

It looks at her struggles starting high school and the changes that take place in friendships as she follows her path to play all sports, but particularly cricket.

Though very short in stature her tenacity ultimately gets her onto the school cricket team and she is also facing her club cricket grand final. Life is certainly busy and exciting!

Although the story is set at the start of Year 7, the content and setting place this book firmly in the middle readers category, best suited to 8 - 12 year olds, particularly sports enthusiasts.

Reviewed by Rob