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Nips XI

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If white boys can't jump, can Asian kids play cricket? Lan's fed up with being called a nip.

He wants to be a true blue Aussie. What better way than by playing the greatest Anglo game of all? Lan gathers a team together and defiantly gives it a name: NIPS XI. Now all they have to do is get some equipment, find a coach, get themselves a sponsor and learn the rules of the gam
Paperback, Takeaways, 224 pages
Published August 2000 by Lothian Children's Books
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Sam Adams
Aug 05, 2012 Sam Adams rated it liked it
nips XI is a book that discovers multiculturalism and the issue of racism in sport in australia. i enjoyed the book because i like the sport of cricket and it was interesting to learn about problems concerning it. a group of asian boys are told that he can't play the sport of cricket just because of his race. he is labelled a 'nip', a racist taunt that offends him significantly. i read this book as i found it interesting to due its insightful nature on racism
RosiePosie ~/TiEd uP In KNoTs\~

I had to read this for school a couple of years ago. It made me not want to attend school for the rest of my life.
Sep 01, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Had to read this for children's lit and really enjoyed it. Mainly because although it was about migrants I didn't feel like I was being LECTURED about Treating Migrants Better, You Nasty Racist Ango-Australian. After reading several other books filled with harrowing tales of people escaping from war-torn countries and coming to Australia only to be ostracized, hated and labelled with ethnic slurs etc etc, it was a welcome change. There are SOME migrants who've had good experiences in Australia, ...more
Alex Feltham
Jul 22, 2012 Alex Feltham rated it it was amazing
nips xi is a story of cultural stereotypes and the reactions of society when those stereotypes are not followed or adhered to. it follows the tale of hai nguyen as he rejects his cultural asian stereotype and seeks to play the much loved sport of cricket, which is seen as a major stereotype of australian culture. it has a great storyline and really represents the reactions people have when one moves away from their norm. a statement made from an elderly woman when she realised hai, an asian ...more
Space Jackson
the constant use of such racial slurs as "nip", "monkey", "gook", "chink", "slant-eye" and the like is appalling and i was strongly offended by the use of these terms, in spite of the fact that in reality most of these were not even mentioned at any point. regardless, the Asian community in Australia need a voice and I am willing to be that voice despite not actually being Asian, primarily due to my ability to pronounce English words audibly.
Oct 10, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it
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This book is about a foreighner boy that wants to change the concert for multicultural week. He decides to have a cricket match. He puts together a cricket team of forighners from school that have never played cricket before.They find an old cricketer that agrees to coach them. This is a great book not only for people who are into cricket. It also has a sequal-Nips go National. My favourite character is the coach he is a great sportmanship.
Oct 01, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Read it with my son for year 6 History. I really enjoyed it but there were lots of topics we talked about before my son fully understood the varied messages portrayed in the story. I think the Principal had the most lessons to learn! Loved the cricket spin. Helped the children relate to the story far more.
Jul 29, 2016 Mia rated it liked it
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Recommended to Mia by: english teacher
Nips XI is a great book about a group of determined and hopeful young boys who are fead up with being teased because of their ethnic background so decide to start a cricket team. This book gives an interesting perspective on multiculturalism in Australia. This book is much better than it might first seem!
Mar 23, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
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Wasn't sure what to expect with this one as I'm not a cricket fan at all. But it is a really endearing look at a group of multicultural kids just wanting to be seen as Australian. I think this would be a good chapter book for 8-10 year olds who are voracious readers, or to read aloud to them. Prob not of much interest to kids much older than that, simply because of the age of the characters.
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I read this book for school and I now have to write an essay about it I found this book very informing. I found that this book gave me more knowledge about what refugees go through and how self conscious they are. I really enjoyed reading this book even though most of my classmates didn't and they just made fun on the word 'Nips'
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Ruth Starke lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and has published more than 20 novels for young people including the award-winning NIPS XI, which was named Honour Book (Younger Readers) in the 2001 CBC Awards and is currently on the Fiction for Young Readers curriculum, Noodle Pie and the Captain Congo series of graphic novels.

She was awarded the Carclew Fellowship in 2002, and currently serves as
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