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  • Published: 30 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143782278
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $14.99

Big Bash League 5: Academy Smash




The Big Bash League book series is back – better and BIGGER than ever!

The Big Bash League book series is back – better and BIGGER than ever!

Billy loves to bowl – fast! He’s also a massive Melbourne Stars fan and when his friend Wen-Lee lets him know about a cricket academy camp, run by none other than the Stars, Billy is desperate to go! So is Wen-Lee, even if she does barrack for the Brisbane Heat.

Trouble is, the applications are about to close and Billy needs to find a way to raise money for the entry fee. Perhaps a speed-bowling competition is in order!

  • Pub date: 30 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143782278
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Michael Panckridge

Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, primary and middle school teacher Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what kids want to read. Some years later he finds himself the author of over 35 books – his work ranging from the bestselling Legends and Anniversary Legends series, the Toby Jones series with cricket star Brett Lee, The League of Legends series with rugby league great Laurie Daley, through to his latest novels including The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal. These latter novels are intriguing and sinister adventure books with elements of mystery and suspense that keep the reader guessing – not to be read at night! Michael has drawn on his experience in the school environment for his latest book called Be Bully Free. Co-authored with Cathie Thornton, it is a practical hands-on guide for individuals, families and schools.

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Praise for Big Bash League 5: Academy Smash

“It is fantastic to see that there are both male and female strong lead characters in the book. It is a story of determination, friendship and quick thinking.”

Kathryn Schumacher, ReadPlus

“Definitely a series for the cricket lovers and one to recommend to parents to keep reading going over the long summer holidays!”

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf

“This story will inspire young cricketers, but what I love is how it encourages qualities of loyalty, selflessness and determination. It is wonderful to have quality sports genre books to offer our middle school readers.”

Sharon Seymour, CBCA Reading Time


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