Kid’s Book Review: Rocky of the Rovers

Kid’s Book Review: Rocky of the Rovers

About the Book and Author

Rocky is the sixth book in the series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century. And in this book the star character is Rocky, Roy’s football-mad younger sister. It contains black and white illustrations by Dan Cornwell and the series is published by Rebellion.

A struggling student and brilliant footballer, Rocky Race is many things, but to most people she’s just Roy Race’s little sister. It’s not much fun – especially as Melchester Rovers head to the League Cup Final.

Rocky’s sick of everyone knowing her through Roy, she’s had enough of school, and she’s even started having panic attacks.

Now it’s up to Rocky to find her own way – as a person and a player – and she’s going to need all her grit and determination to do it…


Rocky of the Rovers cover
Tom Palmer author

Tom Palmer has always loved football. That’s why a lot of his books are set in the game. But he  think football alone in a book can be a bit uninspiring, so he likes to mix football with other genres: crime in Foul Play, spies in The Squad, ghosts in Defenders and Ghost Stadium and war in Over the Line.

The author’s website contains lots of teaching resources and writing tips. Tom also creates an engaging and interactive event to inspire young readers at book festivals, libraries or in schools.

Book Review

I liked that the book focuses on Rocky, a girl playing football - there are plenty of stories about boy footballers already!

I really liked this book because it was fast-paced and easy to read. Even if it is the sixth book in the series, the reader is regularly told what happened previously so they are not confused and understand the continuing storyline.

I liked that the book focuses on Rocky, a girl playing football -there are plenty of stories about boy footballers already!

I thought that there were some really funny moments in the book, like when Rocky plays tricks on her football star brother Roy. The book shows how Rocky overcomes difficult situations in her life and I hope to become as strong as her.

I would recommend this book to my football friends (girls and boys) and it has made me want to read the prequels over the holidays.


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Reviewer Profile

Iona reviewer
  • Name: Iona
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: reading, playing football and nature
  • Dislikes: aubergines and getting up too early
  • Favourite Book: the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Favourite Film: High School Musical 1-2-3
  • Favourite Song: Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman