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A junior fiction series about an up-and-coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell.

A junior fiction series about an up-and-coming cricketer who is mentored by Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell.

Will Albright is a batting whiz and captain of his local cricket team. But when his coach nominates him to attend a T20 training camp, Will soon discovers that standing out in a sea of young cricket talent isn’t easy. Especially when Darren ‘Killer’ McKinnon, a super-quick pace bowler, has taken a deadly dislike to him. Luckily, Will’s hero, Glenn Maxwell, is on hand to provide some much-needed advice.

If Will can survive Killer’s bouncers, he may just have a shot at making it through the camp alive and gaining a place at the brand-new T20 Youth Academy.


Easily read, interesting even for a bystander but I imagine riveting for young players, the Glenn Maxwell books should prove wildly popular.

Rayma Turton, Magpies magazine

This series is very accessible to those readers who may not be our most accomplished readers and is also highly engaging. One of the stand outs for me is that our talented girl players are not ignored – in fact, they give the boys a run (sorry!) for their money! There are two more episodes already on the release lists and my prediction is that these books will be devoured by both boys and girls who aspire to wearing the baggy green for our great country. You simply can’t go wrong in getting these onto your library shelves and while we are in the tail end (sorry, again) of the year, you just know your kids are going to come back in January, rehashing every match they have watched. See these fly off the shelves then!

Sue Warren, OZTL_NET

Cricket fans will be hit for six with this series.

Barbara Braxton, OZTL_NET

Patrick Loughlin writes so well that, even though I don’t like cricket, I still enjoyed reading this book. This story made me want to play cricket!

Alyce Walsh, Townsville Bulletin

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 1, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    192 pages

    RRP $14.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    December 1, 2014

    RHA eBooks Child

    192 pages

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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