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Going To Bat

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Maya is excited to join Cricket Club at school, but between sports superstars, the big green monster, and her ACTUAL MUM coming to coach the team, she has a lot to handle. And on top of that, Mind thinks they’ve forgotten something important… like sending a letter to Grandad in India! Can Maya and Mind work it all out in time for their big cricket game?

Funny, and with heaps of heart, this is a delightful story for younger readers accompanied by beautiful and dynamic illustrations.

Our Review Panel says...

‘Memories don’t always have to come from things’. When Maya looks to find her Grandpa’s cricket bat, despite it perhaps upsetting her Mama and Papa, it inspires her to start the school cricket club. Even though she is unable to find the bat herself, the cricket team begins training but with a surprise coach – not her dad like she expected, but her mum!

Training is gruelling but there is a reason behind it – her mum’s passion. Lots of different characters join the team and whilst it takes Maya time to warm to some of them, they band together as a team. The story develops and encapsulates how children need to adjust: to moving countries, to moving homes, to navigating friendships and school experiences. It explores the theme of kindness and how people remember when people are kind to them.

Maya is always shadowed by ‘Mind’ which I feel refers to the importance of her thoughts and feelings. The fact that Mind is always at the forefront of the decisions Maya makes shows the reader the significance of our minds on not only us as players but as friends and family members.

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