Kid’s Book Review: The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers

Kid’s Book Review: The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers

About the Book and Author

Loosely based on one of Leah Williamson’s big inspirations, the Dick Kerr Ladies and their brave protest against the ban on women’s football, The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers is a fun adventure that comes from the the author’s heart.

When Leah discovers a mysterious time capsule with her two best friends, she opens up a whole new world of adventure! Transported a hundred years back in time, Leah, George and Mimi make an unexpected discovery – women’s football has been banned!

Along with their new friend Dot, Leah and the team must work together to make sure the all-important Championship Cup final still goes ahead. But with a mysterious figure working hard to ruin the team’s chances, Leah is in a race against time to put the clues together and catch the culprit before it’s too late!

The Wonder Team

Leah Williamson plays as a defender for Arsenal and is the captain of the Lionesses, England Women’s Football team. In the summer of 2022 Leah captained the Lionesses to victory in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

As the first captain in the men’s or women’s senior teams to lead England to a European victory, Leah is uniquely positioned to motivate and inspire younger generations, and her first debut book, You Have the Power, is an empowering guide for children published by Pan Macmillan.

Book Review

I think my friends, even if they don’t like football, will still enjoy reading this book

When I saw the front cover of this book I wasn’t sure if I would like it because I am not really interested in football but I thought I would give it a try. I then started reading it and thought this is interesting and wanted to keep going.

My favourite parts of the story are when Leah scored a goal and they won the match and when Mr Smelten got arrested because there was a good description of him and a really funny picture. I like the idea of time travelling because if that was really possible I could go back in time to the best moments. I also liked it when the children jumped out of the window to go to the circus, so that their parents wouldn’t find out!

My favourite character is Mimi because she is really silly and dramatic and I like that there is a person of a different colour.

I didn’t like the idea of girls not bring able to play football because everyone should be treated the same. I also didn’t like the part when Mary and Anna and stole the trophy and the football kits so that the girls win the match.

If I had to choose three words to describe the cover of this book I would say it is colorful, eye-catching and beautiful.

I would definitely take this book into school and show

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emaan
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: swimming, crafts, and fun fairs
  • Dislikes: bananas and spiders
  • Favourite Book: The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: The Bad Guys
  • Favourite Song: We Don't Talk About Bruno (from Encanto)