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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I made the mistake of reading the first few pages of this book in the classroom whilst my class were getting ready for PE. One small splutter of laughter resulting from page 2, and they all wanted to know what I was reading. Now I have a list of children desperate to read it - even though it's really an easy read for the majority of them!

This is a fantastic book aimed at the majority of girls from 7 to 10 - particularly those who have an interest in football; although anyone with a sense of humour should relate to the key characters.

Megan, the main character,is a lively, inquisitive child who is desperate to join a girls' football team - but there are none in the area. No-one gets chosen for the school team until they are in Year 5 at the bare minimum - and she's still in Year 3 - so what can she do?

The solution is lovely - and the sense of humour reverberates throughout the book, making it appeal to a wide number of children.
A terrific stocking filler - particularly for young tomboys; but I reckon most girls will enjoy this innovative new series.
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VINE VOICEon 12 September 2009
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"Girls FC" is a new series of books aimed at girls who are interested in football. The first book focussed on Megan Fawcett who dreams of being a goalkeeper and how she begins to form a new girls football team. The text is quite large and is arranged in short chapters which keep the reader interested and it would be suitable for children around 7-10.

Although it is quite a simple story, as it is setting up a series I imagine there will be more depth to the characters and storylines as the series progresses. Helena Pielichaty's books will definately appeal to a group of children who have been previously neglected in the reading market. Recommended for football mad girls!
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VINE VOICEon 16 October 2009
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I ordered this product for my mum, who teaches seven year olds. She thought it might be nice to read this title to the class, as the characters in this book are about the same age.

Unfortunately, many of the children in her class failed to be drawn into this story. The characters were a little unrealistic for their age - showing a maturity and experience that would have better fitted a 12 year old - and therefore difficult to relate to.

The story itself was only really appealing to those children that enjoyed football. There was very little about the characters or the conflict to attract readers that might not share an overall love of the sport.

I was hoping to hear that this book would be appealing to young children, and perhaps even encourage some non-football playing females to get involved in the sport, but sadly not.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 August 2009
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Aimed at the eight to early teen's bracket and running to a few pages past a hundred, this is the first of a quartet of releases in a twelve book series, all under the Girls FC banner.

Megan `Meggo' Fawcett is nine years old, a goalkeeper and captain of `the best football team in the world', Lornton Ladies Under 11s. She's also the narrator of her own story, which begins with her failed attempt at being selected for her school team and finishes with a first successful friendly against a future league rival in the Nettie Honeyball Women's League, Junior Division. In between, Megan tells how the `Parsnips' formed, how the coach and her assistant came onboard, and who else is in the side. And a mixed bag they are, too. Weird twins Dylan and Daisy McNeil, petty thief Jenny-Jay Bayliss, Ukrainian Nika Kozak, posh girl Amy Minter, and mysterious Gemma Hurst are just some of those that make up the squad. Indeed, there is a teaser toward the end that ensures the reader's curiosity is stirred just enough to want to find out why Ms Hurst is reluctant.

Due to the number of pages, this book won't take long to read, which keeps interest levels high all the way through, and as it's a subject that is virtually non-existent on the shelves, it's well worth investigating. But this is about girls' football, and junior girls' football at that? Moreover, what about the title? Yes, I know what you're thinking and I had the same reservations. As for that title, all becomes clear inside the cover. I rather enjoyed this.
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VINE VOICEon 9 September 2009
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I would say, this book is aimed at aged 10 or lower and one can make out from the size of text as well as the story line. My son aged 10 found it funny though he initially was reluctant to read because of title. Other reviews have given the background of story, I wont delve into it and would leave it to potential readers to find it out themselve but I promise they wont be disappointed.
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VINE VOICEon 8 September 2009
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A great book for both girls and BOYS! I read this book to my six year old son and he absolutely loved it after turning up his nose at it at first when spotting `Girls F.C.' on the front cover. The story quickly pulled us in and because the story is written from the main characters point of view (Megan "Meggo" Fawcett) you immediately put yourself in her shoes and want her to become a successful goalkeeper. My son and I both loved the humour in the book and the short chapters with original chapter headings such as "I was so nervous that first practise! Much worse than usual, when I feel sick and shaky and have to take deep breaths before going out on the field" make it an ideal bedtime story book. The dialogue is funny and catchy and the story includes detail from every day life which was great for me to read as well and not just my son, especially when mentioning `America's Top Model and Match of the Day'. Can't wait to read more stories written by Helena Pielichaty and can't wait to read more about Goalkeeper Megan. It's a book that's hard to put down!
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VINE VOICEon 3 September 2009
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I was delighted when this book came up for selection in the Vine programme as we had recently met the author at our local library where she introduced this series of books to the children. She read some of her books to the children and talked about how the idea for this story came about. Needless to say my 10 yr old daughter couldn't wait to read this.

The hero of the story Megan, desperately wants to get into the school team, but unfortunately her coach doesn't seem to notice her so she sets upon the idea of setting up her own girls team, but the problem is she's the only one in it! How does Megan overcome this and other problems such as not having anywhere to play?

At just over a hundred pages, this is a good, fun read. My daughter read it from start to finish in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. We're off to the library now to get the others in the series. Highly recommended.
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on 21 April 2010
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The book is aimed at young girls, and as the father of a young girl I had to endure the tales of fairy wings and tiaras being worn to football practice (all the while I was asking myself - would wayne rooney wear fairy wings to get noticed?) in an effort to get the main character noticed and picked for her school football team. However, unencumbered by my realism and cynical viewpoints, my daughter was enthralled. Well done to the author - she has managed to write a book for girls about girls football very convincingly and entertainingly for her intended target audience.

Would recommend parents to buy this book if: a) they have young girls with an interest for reading / being read to, b) those girls are into football, and c) those football-interested girls are also "girly" girls.
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VINE VOICEon 19 January 2010
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This is the first in a series of books about a female football team. The story is told by the goalkeeper of the team and is aimed at a young audience, probably with an interest in football this is a very funny,quick and quirky read.

I don't think it would appeal that much to anyone who doesn't have an interest in football as that is what the main part of the story is about, so if you don't like football you will probably be bored senseless! There wasn't a huge amount of character development to keep your interest.

That said it was the first in the series so maybe the characters will develop more fully as the series goes on.

I've never come across a book like this before maybe because I have never looked but, it was quite entertaining.
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My eight year old grand-daughter really enjoyed this story. She's a solid reader but 8 is probably at the lower end of the age range for this book - a less confident reader of this age might have struggled. She is a very girly girl who loves football and has already attended some Premiership matches so the title really caught my eye.

Others have covered the plot pretty thoroughly, so I won't go there, but I will say that this is a book that was enjoyed by a child enough for her to ask after others in the series. It's a nice counterpoint to her other preferred reading material, books based on Disney's High School Musical, and shows girls in a very positive role.
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