Author(s): Michael Panckridge
Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed! Jimmy and his sister Izzy have just moved from Perth to Adelaide. Both are huge cricket fans, but while outgoing Izzy has already signed up to the local girls' team, Jimmjy is super shy and prefers going to the oval in the evening and bowling in the nets when there's hardly anyone around. He's a gun fast bowler but just can't seem to find his confidence, especially after the family goes to a Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers BBL game and Jimmy falters in a speed bowling competition he is chosen to enter. Back practising in the nets the next night, Jimmy gets the distinct feeling that someone or something is spying on him. The spy turns out to be a drone - and weirdly, a drone has just been stolen from Jimmy's new school teacher! Then, when a dad from the nearby cricket club tries to offer Jimmy a deal to play for his son's team, Jimmy knows something fishy is going on. It's time to start making friends and find out who the spying drone really belongs to! Will Jimmy build up the courage to join the local team and let his bowling do the talking?
Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, primary and middle school teacher Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what kids want to read. Some years later he finds himself the author of over 35 books - his work ranging from the bestselling Legends and Anniversary Legends series, the Toby Jones series with cricket star Brett Lee, The League of Legends series with rugby league great Laurie Daley, through to his latest novels including The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal. These latter novels are intriguing and sinister adventure books with elements of mystery and suspense that keep the reader guessing - not to be read at night! Michael has drawn on his experience in the school environment for his latest book called Be Bully Free. Co-authored with Cathie Thornton, it is a practical hands-on guide for individuals, families and schools.