Sunday, 14 February 2016

Children's Book Review: Rugby Flyer by Gerard Siggins

As rugby fever grips the country once again, we were delighted to see a copy of Rugby Flyer land on our doormat. COYBIG! Written by Gerard Siggins, a former sports journalist, it is the fourth book in the Rugby Spirit series. 

The Book Blurb Reads:
Eoin has been chosen for the Junior development squad so over the summer he gets to go to Dublin for a rugby summer school. Arising out of that, he and his new friends are taken on a trip to Twickenham, London, to play & watch rugby. While there, he meets a ghost: Prince Obolensky, a Russian who played rugby for England, scored a world famous try against New Zealand in Twickenham and later joined the RAF and died in WW2.

This book continues Eoin's rugby journey as he is faced with important decisions and challenges that will impact on his sporting future and put his friendships to the test. We hadn't read the first three books in the series, but didn't struggle to understand the story,and found that we were able to enjoy this as a stand alone book.
Eoin is a very normal, relatable boy who loves to meet up with his best friend Dylan for hours on end to discuss rugby strategy and practice new maneuvers! 
The story has great stand-out characters that we really enjoyed, in particular we loved Eoin's grandfather, an ex-Leinster rugby player  with whom Eoin has a lovely relationship. Eoin also gains a quirky mentor, Prince Obelensky, a Russian ghost who was a great sportsman in his own lifetime. Eoin discovers that the Prince is embroiled in an old mystery and decides he would like to help solve the puzzle that troubles his unlikely friend. 
Rugby Flyer is a sports book at it's heart, but it also has interesting subplots and characters. Hard lessons are learned by some as they struggle to face down rivals while maintaining sportsmanship and keeping friendships intact. 
A great book for any young avid sports fan, Rugby Flyer shows that with hard work and dedication you can achieve your goals. 
Rugby Flyer is best suited to for children aged 10+. It is published by the O'Brien Press and can be found in all good bookshops from the 15th February for €8.99 . To find out more visit the O'Brien Press website here.

Thank you to the O'Brien Press for sending us this book to review.

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