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Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia’s most prominent sportswoman!

Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia’s most prominent sportswoman!

CBCA Notable book for Younger Readers, 2017

All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics – you name it! But now that she’s in high school, playing sport and having fun doesn’t seem so simple. For starters, there’s more homework, and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with debating! Ugh. Then her friends, Jazz and Charlie, don’t invite her when they go rollerskating. To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won’t let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small. Could life be more unfair?

Luckily, she still has club cricket. Her team are a sure bet to make the grand final, and Ellyse can’t wait to get out onto the pitch with her mate Jamie.

Will Ellyse be able to handle the challenges of high school and still find time for all her sports?


Pocket Rocket depicts an encouraging scenario where it is common for girls to participate in what is a predominantly male sport, and this is one of its great strengths. Ellyse’s relationships with her friends and family, especially her dad, are also well portrayed. This book will resonate with readers aged 11 and up as they start high school, particularly with girls who want more books that have strong female characters who are passionate about sport.

Katie Haydon, Junior B+P

Ellyse who plays both soccer and cricket at the elite level is a wonderful focal point for inspiring young girls to continue their sport after they leave primary school and she shows that with care and good choices, you can do all that you want. Boys will also enjoy reading about one of Australia's leading lights.

Barbara Braxton, OZTL_NET

The message Ellyse wanted to convey in this series is the importance of physical activity and to normalise the idea that girls can play any sport they want. Readers will also be interested in the Question and Answer section with this fine sportswoman at the end of the book. It is an engaging story suitable for middle primary to lower secondary students.

Patricia Halsall, Magpies Magazine

This sport themed series for young readers gives kids who love sport a protagonist to whom they can relate. But, aside from the sports theme, the books also deal with the changes kids face when they enter high school – the fears and doubts that come with growing up.

Kristyn M Levis, CBCA Reading Time

A good series for mid to upper primary school girls, showing strong women overcoming hurdles to get where they want to be.

Fran Knight, ReadPlus

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 3, 2016

    Random House Australia Children's

    160 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook


    October 3, 2016

    Random House Australia

    160 pages

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    • Google Play EBook AU
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Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Younger Readers

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