Oz Lit Review – the BBL 2 Series

Just in time for the new cricket season come four additions to this popular series which focuses on the Big Bash League, the professional  Twenty-20 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

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children’s Services)

Dromkeen Librarian’s Award 2003