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Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed!

Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed!


Talented fast bowler Jimmy and his sister, Izzy, have just moved from Perth to Adelaide. Both are huge BBL fans – Perth Scorchers, of course – but while outgoing Izzy has already signed up to the local cricket club, Jimmy isn’t sure he’s ready to be part of a new team. Especially if they’re all Adelaide Strikers fans!

Then one day, Jimmy has a run-in with a kid and his dad from a neighbouring cricket club – they want him to play for their team, not Izzy’s. The dad seems seriously desperate and Jimmy is sure something fishy is going on . . .

Will Jimmy find the courage to join the local club and let his bowling do the talking?


Middle to older primary aged readers of both sexes will readily identify with the characters in each of these novels and would enjoy the vicarious challenges and victories which these well-plotted, highly credible sports fiction books deliver.

Russ Merrin, Magpies Magazine

With the cricket season well under way and the very popular Big Bash League looming, this is a series that will appeal to all fans of the format, both boys and girls. Written for independent readers, each book includes tips about the focus skill - batting, all-rounder, fielding and bowling as well as a profile of the two teams. Double Delivery even has instructions for Dice Cricket that can be played when you can't get outdoors. A great series for those who love their sport and demand to read about it.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

With decent-sized typeface, chapter headings and illustrations, these stories are easy-to-read and fast-paced, and offer good reading especially to reluctant readers, both boys and girls.

Di Bates, Buzz Words Books

Big Bash League is a fantastic series for cricket lovers or children who enjoy cricket and love an unsolved mystery. Panckridge has cleverly crossed genres and created really interesting storylines in this non-gender specific series . . . The boys are allowed to express sadness in Bowling Blitz where Jimmy, a talented bowler, experiences self doubt and even becomes teary when the family camera is stolen: a perfectly normal reaction, but one I don’t usually come across in books about boys dealing with challenges.

Katy Gerner, CBCA Reading Time

In this action-packed junior fiction series, cricket is front and center, but there is so much more going on than just playing sport. From new pals to dealing with self-doubt, these books bring together a number of elements to both entertain and educate young readers.

Stephanie Ward, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 31, 2016

    Random House Australia Children's

    160 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    October 31, 2016

    RHA eBooks Child

    160 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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