Blog tour: ‘Baller Boys,’ by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann.

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for ‘Baller Boy,’ the first in a new series from author Venessa Taylor and indie publishing house, Hashtag Press. Written with reluctant readers in mind, Venessa wrote this series to empower its readers, whilst reflecting diversity  in football and showcasing different types of families.

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Shay and Frankie are best friends and football mad! Football is all they think about (even when they’re supposed to be working at school!). They love nothing more than a kick-about in the park, watch all the big games on TV… now they just need the chance to play for a real football team.

All Cultures United is the best club around for miles and all the footie fans want to on their team… including Shay and Frankie. Are they good enough to impress legendary Coach Reece at the AC United trials and don the famous red and black shirt? Can their friendship survive competing against each other for a coveted spot on the team? Will they realise their ambitions to become Baller Boys?

I am always on the look out for a new football series to recommend to readers – they are perennially popular and a great way to tap into children’s interests. This series in particular is great because it has a diverse cast of characters, ensuring that all readers can see themselves represent in the books they read.

I also liked the close friendship between Frankie and Shay, the honesty in way they way they reacted to certain situations, and how they were able to able to resolve their differences – very positive role models.

Book Boy is a huge football fan and said that he would recommended this series for any football fans aged 8+.

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Hashtag Press for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Make sure you visit some of the other stops too*

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