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Goalden Girl by [Morait, Tracey]
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From the Author

Written in the first person, told from Gemma's point of view, this book will appeal to anyone, and particularly to girls, who enjoy playing and watching the Beautiful Game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 282 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WXENBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #832,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author has written a fast moving book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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.
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This Kindle title popped up randomly, and on a whim I bought it. I wasn't disappointed, far from it.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A great read for all ages, my 13 year old daughter & I both enjoyed this book immensely.
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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tracey Morait deals with some serious issues facing the protagonist (death of a parent, moving school, an unwanted extended family, bulimia) which is all handled with great humour, sensitivity and subtlety. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in Gemma's story - the main one being the girl's football team - but the subplots with their twists and turns keep you hanging on right until the end. I recommend this book to teenage girls and adults alike!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a stepmother who dresses like an `overweight fairy'? Are you a teenage girl who will battle through torrential rain and thick mud to show your talent on the football field? - Than this book is a must read!

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!
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