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Specky Magee (Specky Magee #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  199 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This is a great book by former football great Gary Lyon and author Felice Arena. It is about a young boy, passionate about football. Although football plays a great role in this story, it also talks about the emotional aspects. Specky is on the search for his biological parents, after his parents tell him that he is adopted. It is a great book for children who love footbal ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 27th 2002 by Angus&Robertson (HarperCollins) (first published 2002)
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Ben Langdon
A good idea. There's definitely a need for books on AFL, especially targeted at kids aged 8-12. I enjoyed the story well enough, and I could see how the parts written by Lyon (tips and strategy etc) work in the format, but I think it needs something more. Seemed a bit straight-down-the-middle. I'll keep reading the series to see how it develops.

Edit: I'm a high school teacher and I have to say that the Specky Magee books are easy to see around the school. They are well-loved and read by Year 7-8
Josh Treeby
The book I am reviewing is the first of 7 books, Speck Magee.

Specky Magee is a 12 year old boy who's number one passion is football. He is 12 years old and he goes to Booyong High. He play footy for his school team with his best mates Danny and Robbo.

The genre of this book Is one hundred percent sport. But, it is mixed in with a bit of love as well. He finds himself in a tight knot where he has to choose between one thing or the other. This book is absolutely great because everybody loves a go
Maddy custard
Don't you hate it when I nice read that's not supposed to be full of metaphors, symbolism or any of that fancy stuff is totally beaten in reviews? I mean, this book is a kids book for starters. It's not supposed to be the next To Kill a Mockingbird, and it's not trying to be.

Anyway, it's a great read especially for kids who love footy. I am probably getting too old to read these novels, and I don't know if a new one is coming out or not ever, after the Battle of the Young GUns. Apparently there
Had to read this for children's lit. By about the third chapter I was bored SENSELESS and could not go on. I find footy a dull enough game to watch, let alone have described in agonizing detail. And to add insult to injury there were GAME TIPS and ADVICE FROM AFL PLAYERS and other such gems of wisdom studded through the text at regular intervals. I mean, I can see how it would appeal to a huge number of footy-obsessed aussie kids and that's great if it gets them reading, blah blah, but in my opi ...more
Flynn Ross
good book. sequels are definetely better than the first one.
Specky is a gifted football player and the star of his high school football team, but he feels like his parents and sister hardly notice. His family don't care about football. In fact, he can't help notice he has hardly anything in common with his family at all.

After finding a photo of himself as a toddler dressed head-to-toe in Geelong Cats clothes, he starts to become suspicious - they're not telling him something... but what?

A great book with lots of tips about how to play great football. Th
65/100 To be honest, I was disappointed with this book. I expected it to be a lot better. I was also surprised at the fact that the book was centered around adoption, not footy. I expected the book to be filled with tales about massive screamers, and amazing goals. I also read this in two sittings, so its not a particularly long book. Originally, I was going to give this book a measly 57/100, but my love for the great game saw me give it 65. If your not really into footy, maybe give this one a m ...more
Nat Frankli
the first specky magee is about a young boy who loves footy he is one of the most talented players in his side becuase of his awesome marking ability, but his dad and family dont like watching him play he doesnt know where he got his love for footy from when one day he finds a photo of him dressed up in footy gear, so he investegates, he is not pleased in what he finds!
This book appeals to all those who enjoys AFL, usually for teenagers between our age. Written by Gary Lyon & Felice Arena, it entails the story of a young kid named Specky and his football career. It gives the audience real life insights into the life of footy players and what they go through. It's a really pleasant and fun book to read.
Oliver Burnell
The first specky magee book to be written, it was a very sporty book with lots of aussy life in it, but ofcourse there were hugeissues for specky to solve, i have now finished the 2nd which i couldnt wait to read after the first one.

Great book for teen readers into sport
Chandler Liang
A good book for children who love sport and footy.
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Felice Arena is one of Australia’s much-loved children’s authors. His books have topped bestseller lists and won several awards, including six Australian Children Choice Book Awards. He is the creator of the action-packed bionic adventure series Andy Roid, the hilarious Farticus Maximus and Stick Dudes, Sally and Dave: A Slug Story, Wish, Whippersnapper, the BoyzRule and GirlzRock series, and the ...more
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