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|Length: 160 pages||Age Level: 9 - 12||Grade Level: 4 - 6|
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the first time I have read a book about football! What attracted me to it was the fact that it is about girl's football. Tracey M certainly knows all about the game.
The characters are very well developed, and for all her faults I fell in love with Gemma, a real girl with all the angst of her generation.
IMO a must read.
Goalden Girl is a refreshing no frills offering from writer Tracy Morait. It is written in the first person (which is hard to do well - this is done very well), and is about a teenage girl - Gemma Sutherland. Gemma has no affected airs and graces, tells it like it is, yet she has cock-eyed dignity and integrity because of these traits rather than despite. Oh, and she is, although not quite a Tom Boy - football mad.
Although football (footy / soccer) is the anchor of this tale, it is not THE tale if you know what I mean; anything with even a touch of grit is always really about life itself: families, friends, enemies, family who are enemies, and friends who become enemies and vice versa and all changeable points in-between for all these aspects. But, Gemma is a highly skilled footy player who shines at the sport at one school, but then gets shunted to another, and, you've guessed it, they not only do not have girls' football at the new school because of supposed lack of demand, it is not allowed / actively frowned upon - at first.
Ok, how to provide worthwhile feedback without introducing spoilers to any degree : let's just say that footy, school friends and enemies and family tensions all intertwine. Tracy Morait handles these tie ups very well indeed with a direct, pacy delivery and a believable plot. It's realistic without straying into profane dialogue (the real / core readership here is young teens and so Tracy has correctly and sensibly held back) but nor is it Enidesque, so no golly gosh in sight, no lashings of ginger beer to be consumed, and the central character goes to the Bog not the bathroom.Read more ›
This book tells the story of Gemma Sutherland (a football crazy girl)who lost her Mum & sister in a car accident. Her Dad gets married again & not only does Gemma have to put up with a Step Mum but she has also required a younger step sister.
Gemma also struggles to fit in at her new school which does not have a girls football team.
Felt very sorry for Gemma at the beginning of this book but as the story unfolds you will find she is one tough cookie & is well able to stand up for herself.
Looking forward to Tracy Morait's next book & so is my daughter.
Goalden Girl is an enjoyable read for all ages. Written from the point of view of Gemma, Goalden Girl explores what it is like for a teenage Goth girl who is dealing with the death of her parent, a bumpy start with her stepfamily, and attendance at a new school where the students struggle to accept any change to stereotypical tradition.
Although Tracey Morait could have focused on these issues with a sharp and serious eye, it was relieving to see the story remained lighthearted and entertaining. The descriptions of the characters add an extra amusement factor and the twists keep the reader guessing to the inevitable boiling point.
Even if football is not your thing, Goalden Girl still appeals to people who like a positive tale about teenage achievement and determination.
If you purchase this book, it's guaranteed you will: laugh out loud, find yourself growling at the pack of brash boys, and cheering for a reds win. Bring on the next in the series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought Goalden Girl for my son to read on his Kindle and ended up reading it myself too. As a frustrated Liverpool and England centre-forward, trapped in the body of a stay at... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2011 by mrschalky
Fabulous read. Was hooked from before the end of the first chapter. This author is surely one to watch. Looking forward to the release of Big Brother!Published on 14 Sept. 2011 by Sandra Hesketh
I picked up "Goalden Girl" after coming across Tracey Morait's Blog and Twitter updates, mainly because I am a football fan and it sounded like an interesting storyline. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2010 by Schlinks
My youngest daughter really enjoyed the book throughout. An easy to read book with an interesting storyline. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2008 by Ekbalco