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Dec 11 2017

Big Bash League series by Michael Panckridge

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Random House Australia, 2017
Academy smash. ISBN 9780143782278
Championship Dash. ISBN 9780143782292
Representative Clash. ISBN 9780143782315
Carnival Clash. ISBN 9780143782339
Just in time for the cricket season come four additions to this popular series which focuses on the Big Bash League, the professional Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Australia. With the Australian women's team retaining The Ashes this will be a competition eagerly followed by both boys and girls and, so, to have new episodes in print will be eagerly sought.
In Academy Smash Billy loves to bowl - fast! He's also a massive Melbourne Stars fan and when his friend Wen-Lee lets him know about a cricket academy camp, run by none other than the Stars, Billy is desperate to go! So is Wen-Lee, even if she does barrack for the Brisbane Heat. Trouble is, the applications are about to close and Billy needs to find a way to raise money for the entry fee. Perhaps a speed-bowling competition is in order!
Championship Dash features The Kangaroo Flat Galahs who are preparing for their annual match against the Edenhope Eagles. The stakes are high with the winner qualifying for the State T20 Championships in Perth. They'll also receive tickets to the Perth Scorchers versus Melbourne Renegades double-header! The Galahs haven't beaten the Eagles in 30 years, but that was before they had the mysterious and brilliant Allunga on their team. Can they finally turn the tables?
Representative Clash, the 7th in the series focuses on Tommy who is a huge hitter and loves nothing more than smashing balls out of the park with his impressive handmade bat. He's a diehard Hobart Hurricanes fan and has his fingers crossed that he will be selected for the Hobart representative team that will take on Adelaide in the upcoming Adelbart Clash. But when Tommy's bat goes missing he can feel his chances slipping away. It's up to his friends to help him find his bat so he can chase his place on the rep team!
The final story in this collection Carnival Clash culminates in the first T20 Crickomania Carnival and two teams of kids have been selected to represent the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. Maddie, Chase and Jye are a few of the lucky ones and they can't wait to test out their cricket skills and meet some BBL and WBBL players. The event begins with lots of excitement but also some strange occurrences. There's a mix up with the coaches, unexplained rules and an opposing team who really wants to win. Can everyone pull together to make the carnival a success?
Definitely a series for the cricket lovers and one to recommend to parents to keep reading going over the long summer holidays!
Barbara Braxton

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