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  • Published: 31 March 2003
  • ISBN: 9780143300618
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

Specky Magee & the Great Footy Contest




Incredible footy action by Specky, a surprise trip and the introduction of some terrific new friends. 

Player Profile: Name: Simon 'SPECKY' Magee
Age: 13
Code: Australian Rules Football
Team: Booyong High Lions, Under 14's
Position played: Star forward. Known for his SPEC-tacular marking ability and for kicking plenty of goals.
What to expect this season: Specky comes face to face with a tough, talented player by the name of Derek 'Screamer' Johnson. He was responsible for having Specky sent off during a game last season. The two boys become bitter rivals and when a popular TV show runs a nationwide football contest, Specky is relieved when everyone except Screamer decides to enter. But why is Screamer such a bully on the field? And why is he sucking up to Specky's team-mates?
Guaranteed highlights: Incredible footy action by Specky, a surprise trip and the introduction of some terrific new friends.
Question on everyone's lips: A true champion in the making, but is Specky good enough to win the Great Footy Contest?
By the bestselling authors of Specky Magee.
Visit www.speckymagee.com.au for more

  • Pub date: 31 March 2003
  • ISBN: 9780143300618
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Authors

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including the acclaimed historical adventures The Boy and the Spy and Fearless Frederic, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid and Sporty Kids series.

Garry Lyon

Garry Lyon debuted with the Melbourne Football Club in 1986, at 18 years of age. He retired 14 years later with Best and Fairest and Leading Goal Kicker awards, Victorian and All Australian selections, and 226 games under his belt. He captained the Demons for seven years, as well as Victoria, and coached the Australian International Rules Team for four years. He is now a football columnist for The Age, commentator for Triple M and the host of Channel 9's football programs The Footy Show and Footy Classified.


Awards & Recognition

  • KANGA Children's Choice Awards

    Longlisted • 2003 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

    Winner • 2004 • Young Reader

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2004 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2004 • Fiction for Older Readers

  • KANGA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2005 • Focus List Years 6-7


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