THE UNSTOPPABLE FLYING FLANAGAN is a moving and inspiring story set against the backdrop of the Second World War in Australia, the women's movement and the little-known history of women's football.
This is a thrilling and entertaining middle-grade historical novel by one of Australia's most-acclaimed authors.
When Maggie decides to stage an all-girl football game to raise money for the troops, she's breaking all the rules. Everyone knows that girls can't play footy! But the rules aren't going to stop the unstoppable Flying Flanagan . . .
2023 Shortlist BookLinks Historical Awards for Children
2022 Longlist ARA Historical Novel Prize
THE UNSTOPPABLE FLYING FLANAGAN
"It's a thoroughly researched, totally absorbing insight into a time not so long ago that is about so much more than footy that will appeal to independent readers who like historical fiction." - BARBARA BRAXTON, Award-winning Teacher-Librarian
The story has all the ingredients to keep 8 - 12 year olds heartily entertained. Felice Arena has a wonderful style of writing that keeps you smiling and keen to read on."
- SCHOOL DAYS MAGAZINE
Australian wartime history and girls playing football - this is a warm-hearted winning combination! - DYMOCKS BOOKSELLERS, Collins St, Melbourne
"This will be one of our biggest April releases for a reason - it's a great read!"-
Paul McDonald, The Children's Bookshop
"This is a great and inspiring novel for girls and boys alike. Perfect for middle readers 8 - 12 years." - Great Escape Books
"Like all of Felice's stories, above all The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan is a cracking good yarn, with a plot that moves along at a brisk pace with a keen desire to find out what happens next. This, aside from anything else, will make this a fabulous tempter for your reluctant readers, particularly those who love their football - whether girls or boys - and along the way they will absorb some valuable insights into a period of history that had great impact on the growth of our nation and our society." - Sue Warren, Teacher- Librarian
"This is a fascinating snapshot of an era when gender roles were being questioned and determined girls like Maggie were changing the world, one footy match at a time." -- Jenny, The Sun Bookshop
"The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan is a real winner with my students. It's funny, heartwarming and ultimately about being yourself - no matter what. For kids who hate injustice in the world." - Dr. Greg Curran, Primary Teacher
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