A special collection of stories from Sam Kerr’s Kicking Goals series, with a bonus journal featuring soccer tips and tricks from the Matildas captain and World Cup superstar.
Sam Kerr hasn’t always been a soccer legend. She was an Aussie Rules tragic through and through. But when excluded from her team for being a girl, she has to change direction. Her best friends Dylan and Indi reckon she should flip from AFL to soccer but with the pressure of learning the new rules, and the school bully Chelsea on her case, Sam has to learn fast!
The Kicking Goals bumper collection includes the first four exciting stories in Sam Kerr’s awesome Kicking Goals series. It follows Sam’s journey from soccer newbie to playing in the finals.
Inside you’ll find The Flip Out, A New Knight, Sports Day and Finals Fever along with a bonus Sam Kerr journal packed with soccer know-how, tips, stats, activities and places for you to record your own soccer highlights.
Sam Kerr is the captain of the Australian women’s national soccer team – the Matildas – and a leading goal scorer for Chelsea in the English FA Women’s Super League. She burst onto the W-League scene as a fifteen-year-old playing with Perth Glory. In 2016, she played for the Matildas at the Olympics in Brazil, and she was the top goal scorer in the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Since joining Chelsea in 2019, Sam has positioned herself as one of the best female strikers in the world. She was named 2018 Young Australian of the Year. In 2021, Sam became the Matildas all-time top goal scorer at the Tokyo Olympics, and in 2023, helped the Matildas achieve their best-ever result at a Women’s World Cup. For more, go to @samanthakerr20 on Instagram or Sam Kerr on Facebook.
Fiona Harris has written the children’s series The Super Moopers, Trolls and Miraculous. She was head scriptwriter on ABC3 TV’s Prank Patrol and wrote/co-starred in the TV comedy shows Flipside, Comedy Inc. and SkitHouse. Fiona co-wrote and starred in the international-award-winning web series The Drop Off, with husband Mike McLeish. Their adult fiction novel The Drop-off was released in 2020 and its sequel, The Pick-up, is due out in 2021. Fiona also co-authored Sharni Layton’s biography, No Apologies, and Marcus Bontempelli’s picture book, both released in 2021. For more information on Fiona Harris visit fionaharris.com.
Louise Blair is a children's football book author who lives in Sydney, Australia. Lou wrote Kicking Goals Journal with Matildas captain Sam Kerr to help young players learn more about the game they both love. She grew up in a small town in England, teaching herself to play football by kicking a ball against the wall and copying the players on Match of the Day. She played whenever she could – with the boys at school, in the streets, at the local park, and on an old concrete court. Later, after moving to Australia, her love of the game continued to grow. Lou has been playing, watching and coaching ever since. In her free time when she is not writing, reading or drinking tea, you will find her walking and attempting to train her very naughty golden retriever puppy. Having two children who love both football and reading has also inspired her. She wrote the book for them – a book she wished she had as a kid. To find out more, follow @kickinggoalsjournal.
Aki Fukuoka was born in the valleys of the alps of central Japan and was raised in the rolling hills of the New Zealand countryside. After spending her childhood exploring nature with her four siblings, Aki moved out to the city of Auckland to learn how to cross roads, manoeuvre between pedestrians and gain her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is currently living in a little wooden cottage house with her husband, four children and animals and works full time as a freelance illustrator. Aki is most well known for her illustrations for the Billie B Brown series.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (November 24, 2022)