By: Felice Arena
Illustrated by: Tom Jellett
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 30 Jan 2017
ISBN: 9780143783183


Lucy willed herself to run faster. But the girl was sprinting ahead of her! This can't be happening, she thought. Lucy loves being a champion at Little Athletics. But what if she can't win first place?


For Lucy, Little Athletics has always come easy. As has winning. She is the only one out of her friends Emma, Stefan and Joe who ever took Little Athletics seriously. The others were all there just to have fun, but not Lucy.

But how will she react when she finds herself getting beaten by the new girl, Charlotte? Even though Lucy’s Dad is so proud of her for doing 3 PB’s in one day, this doesn’t seem to matter to Lucy. She still got second, not first… Will Lucy learn to love Little Athletics?

This is a delightful story about accepting that we can’t always win, even when we do our best. It highlights that trying your best and having fun really are the most important things. And you never know, you might even make a new friend along the way!

Perfect for junior readers, who may even like to have a go at shot-put and follow Charlotte’s tip at the back of the book!

Reviewed by Sam