One boy, two codes - How will he decide? When Steven's mother remarries and moves down south, Steven is torn between loyalty to his dad and a relationship with his mum's new husband. Maybe even worse, he might have to leave his beloved Rugby League behind for a new Rugby Union team. A fab story from the sports master Tom Palmer.
About the author:
Originally from Leeds, and previously shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize, Tom is best known for his Football Academy and Foul Play series. He credits articles about football with having got him into reading and libraries across the country attest to the fact that he is one of the main motivating factors for boys getting into books today. Tom lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
What real readers think of Scrum!
"Reading age 8, interest age 9+. A passion for rugby and a dilemma about it too lies at the heart of this touching story of a boy with a big decision to make. Steven shares his passion for Rugby League with his father who cheers him on from the touch line at every match. Steven's a good player and the scouts are watching him. But when his moves two hundred miles south to live with his mother and her new partner he has to play Rugby Union and he knows how much his father will hate it! How Steven reconciles his love of the game with the split in his life captures a dilemma sensitively." Julia Eccleshare
Steve has a lot of hard choices to make - two dads, two homes, two codes of rugby. A talented Rugby League player, will he cope with a change to Rugby Union? He also faces family problems and split loyalties. A grippingly written story that draws the reader into the dilemmas facing Steve. Perfectly written for its target audience, who will gain genuine satisfaction from reading a 'real' story. Parent's In Touch
"Thought you would enjoy this message from a parent of a ten year old pupil who I teach privately ( Reading Age 6.5 when I first assessed him three months ago!) who loves Rugby.
I spent a while talking to him about the book and looked at the blurb on the back etc and asked Jack to explain the difference between League and Union to me ( I know really but ..)Then we read the first two pages together and asked Jack if he would like to take it home, which he jumped at.
His Dad collected Jack from his lesson on Friday and said his wife had tears in her eyes when Jack refused to put the book down when it was time for bed! It is the first book Jack has read from start to finish with relish!" Ruth Smith, Dyslexia Specialist Teacher, Jersey Dyslexia Association
"Converted our youngest to rugby. And this in a football house. No mean achievement." Simon Spanton "I have just got a copy of Scrum! and it looks great. Its my son's favourite book of the moment" Jane Walker
|Illustrated by||Dylan Gibson|
|Reading Age||Age 8|