Kid’s Book Review: You Have The Power

Kid’s Book Review: You Have The Power

About the Book and Author

Leah Williamson, captain of the England women’s football team, inspires young readers to believe in themselves and demonstrates that you can be a leader at any age with the right mindset.

Leah Williamson

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

The book isn’t all about football as it encourages everyone to find and follow their passion and have confidence in themselves

I enjoyed “You Have The Power” from Leah Williamson because the way the text is presented with many illustrations, different fonts and text sizes and snappy paragraphs makes it really easy to pick up and read without any difficulty.

It was interesting to read about Leah’s childhood, her passion for football as she grew up and her message about believing in yourself. It shows that football can equally be a girl’s sport (it’s not just for boys!) and Leah encourages girls in PE not to care about how they look but instead to concentrate on having fun.

My favourite bit is “the ten rules for believing in yourself” listed at the end of the book which is really inspiring. It’s not easy to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but Leah shows that you can miss out on opportunities if you don’t try new things. One of the reasons she started football herself was because her gymnastics coach brought out a football when there was spare time at the end of her lessons and this introduced her to her passion for football.

I believe this book is suited to kids in secondary school and I would particularly advise it to teenage girls that might need a boost of confidence, as it helps them understand that they don’t need superpowers – the power is always in yourself!

The book isn’t all about football as it encourages everyone to find and follow their passion and have confidence in themselves. Leah dedicates her book also to boys who choose to support and become allies to girls as they can help with their achievements.

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Reviewer Profile

Iona reviewer
  • Name: Iona
  • Age: 13 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