Cricket Crazy

Author(s): Vivienne Bailey

NZ Middle Fiction | Sport Fiction

Tom Willard is a cricket-crazy eleven-year-old who lives in Wellington with solo dad, Dave, and Archie the dog. He dreams of making the junior rep cricket squad and playing at the fabled Basin Reserve, but his prized cricket bat has disappeared and he's got to face Menace Mitchell, "the bowler from hell". Just when Tom thinks things couldn't get any worse, his dad's dog-hating girlfriend moves in. But then he meets Izzy, a star all-rounder, and things start to look up - or do they?

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Tom Willard is a cricket-crazy 11-year-old who lives with Dad and Archie, his dog. He dreams of making the junior rep squad and playing at the Basin Reserve, but his prized cricket bat has disappeared and he has to face Menace Mitchell, the bowler from hell. Worse, Dad's dog-hating girlfriend has just moved in. But maybe things could be looking up when Tom makes a new friend, star all-rounder Izzy.


Bailey's timely cricket novel for age 8+ stems from a comment by John McIntyre several years ago that “we need some sports-based books, stories about kids playing sport”. John definitely would have been bowled over by this winning mix of cricketing and family drama.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780995123373
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : March 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Vivienne Bailey
  • : Paperback
  • : 120
  • : 6 black and white illustrations