The Women’s World Cup football tournament starts on 6th June. I shall be watching lots of it with my daughter.
With the BBC televising all the matches and their radio coverage of the women’s game improving year on year, I have no doubt that the women’s game will continue to grow as excitingly as it at the moment. It is already the fastest growing sport in the UK.
As a result there will be plenty to read online and in the newspapers, as well as to watch and listen to. But what about fiction?
There are two series I know about.
Girls F.C. by Helena Pielichaty leads the field. Twelve books for 7-11 year-olds about a girls’ football team. They interlink, but can be read on their own. My daughter read the whole series three times. And, yes, it is true that Helena is my friend. But the books are still really good. Honest. More here.
The Beautiful Game series by Narinder Dhami are for age 9-13. There are five in the series. Dhami also wrote the novel of the film, Bend It Like Beckham. More here. My daughter read and loved these too.
Also, please have a look at my two books featuring football-playing girls.
Secret F.C. is about two girls who start a secret football team at their school, where sport in the playground is banned. Age 7-11.
The Squad series – featuring Black Op and White Fear – is about five spies (two girls and three boys) who work in hot spots around the world with the cover story that they are England U16 football team. Age 9-13.
Check out live coverage on TV here. And listen to Radio 5 who will be all over it. England’s group games are: France at 6 p.m. on June 9th, Mexico at 9 p.m. on 13th June and Colombia on 17th June at 9 p.m. Sadly, England are the only UK team who qualified.
And please let me know about any books I have missed off this list. I will add them if you Tweet @tompalmerauthor or email me via www.tompalmer.co.uk.
Thanks. Enjoy the tournament.