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Dec 07 2015

Pivot and win by B. Hellard and L. Gibbs

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Netball Gems series. Ill. by Cat Macinnes. Random House Australia Children's, 2015. ISBN: 9780857987686
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Themes: Netball, Teamwork, Family Life. Netball Gems is a junior fiction series written in collaboration with Netball Australia. Authors and sisters Lisa Gibbs and Bernadette Hellard are experienced A-grade level netball players and supported the sport as coaches and umpires. Each of the books introduces one Marrang Gems player and focuses on her family life and skill development. Hot tips, drills and a player profile are included at the end of the novel.
Twelve year-old Lily Scott's family is passionate about netball, she dreams of playing for the Diamonds in the future. One problem she faces is her height; will she ever be tall enough for a professional team? Her mother Janet coaches their team and she provides great support for all the players, her daughter as well. Lilly and her team mates practice the pivot and super-pivot move, while passing the ball smoothly down the court. 'Catch, spin, pass,' the girls repeat as they work on their game plan.
At home, Steven, a typical thirteen-year-old brother, is up to his usual tricks, playing pranks on Lily and hiding her things. Lily and her friend Phoebe work out a plan to settle the score that involves frozen tennis shorts!
This fun series is just right for netball fans, who are keen to learn more about the sport. Black and white graphic drawings by Cat Macinnes display Lily's netball moves.
Rhyllis Bignell

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