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  • Published: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857982469
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $12.99

Billy Slater 1: Try Time




A junior fiction series for boys about a local boys’ rugby league team who get special coaching and advice from star NRL player Billy Slater.

A junior fiction series for boys about a local boys’ rugby league team who get special coaching and advice from star NRL player Billy Slater.

Josh can play footy. He’s fast and fleet-footed and a blur down the sideline. But every time he steps onto the field a stampede of elephant-sized butterflies invade his stomach and he fumbles the ball.

Having his footy-mad grandad screaming from the sidelines doesn't help. To top it off, he blows an easy try and loses his team the opening game of the season. Josh starts thinking about giving up football forever. That is, until NRL legend and Josh's hero, Billy Slater, turns up at training one day.

Can Billy help Josh overcome his nerves and hang onto the ball long enough to score?

  • Pub date: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857982469
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Authors

Patrick Loughlin

Patrick Loughlin is a high school English teacher and writer who lives in Sydney with his wife, two daughters and hyperactive spoodle. As a kid, Patrick loved sport, he just wasn't very good at it.

Patrick is the author of the Billy Slater Rugby league series and the Glenn Maxwell cricket series.

Billy Slater

Billy Slater played for the Melbourne Storm for sixteen seasons in the NRL and was an Australian International and Queensland State of Origin representative fullback. He played his whole NRL career at Melbourne and won four grand finals, two Clive Churchill Medals and the Dally M Medal with the Storm before his retirement from the sport in 2018. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Nicole and their two children, Tyla and Jake.

Nahum Ziersch

Nahum Ziersch was born and raised in the Clare Valley in South Australia. From a very young age he knew he wanted to draw for a living, surrounded by very artistic parents who encouraged and nurtured his passion. As a kid he would watch Astro Boy and stacks of other cartoons in his PJs, devour comics and draw his own imaginative worlds and characters. Nahum works as a freelance illustrator in Adelaide. While his main areas of work include editorial, advertising and educational illustrations, he still has a mad passion for creating quirky and expressive characters.


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