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Rocky of the Rovers

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky

Published: 29 Oct 2020

Paperback / softback, 120 pages

Recommended for age 9+

By Tom Palmer

Illustrated by Lisa Henke

Published by Rebellion

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The first-ever Roy of the Rovers title to be told from the perspective of a female footballer - Rocky Race, Roy's younger sister!

Rocky takes over! A struggling student and brilliant footballer, Rocky Race is many things, but to most people, she's just Roy Race's little sister. It's not much fun - especially as Melchester Rovers head to the League Cup Final. Rocky's sick of everyone knowing her through Roy, she's had enough of school, and she's even started having panic attacks.

Now it's up to Rocky to find her own way - as a person and a player - and she's going to need all her grit and determination to do it... 

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Reviewed by Laura Ovenden

Rocky of The Rovers is the final instalment in this highly popular series by Tom Palmer. The first ever Roy of the Rovers title to be told from the perspective of a female footballer – Rocky Race, the little sister of Roy of the Rovers who is growing up in the shadow of her successful footballing brother. She is centre stage as she tries to work out what she wants to do in the future as well as take control of her angry outbursts and panic attacks.

On the pitch, we see her determination and skills as a player. The pacey descriptions of the matches are clearly written by someone with a passion for football. My 11-year-old daughter read this in a flash and is eager for further stories about Rocky. Likely to appeal to fans of Phil Earle’s The Dog that Saved the World (Cup), another Barrington Stoke title with a female footballing protagonist.

This title address the balance of female representation in sport themed books and it would be a great addition to the school library, especially, but not only, for those children who need an extra boost to see themselves as independent readers. Place one of Tom Palmer’s books in their hands and there’s a good chance they’ll be off on their reading for pleasure journey.

I have taught English for over 20 years in tertiary, secondary and now primary settings. I am an English Lead and works in two primary schools in West Yorkshire. I also run an Open University Reading for Pleasure Teachers group in Halifax. I am an Elklan tutor and an Evidence Lead in Education with Aspirer Research School.