HarperCollins announce major new children’s series starring
AFL heroes and brothers Troy, Adam, Joel and Scott Selwood
Just in time for Christmas comes the new must-have series for sports-mad kids!
HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of The Selwood Boys, a highly anticipated new junior fiction series to be released under its ABC Books imprint.
As told by critically acclaimed Australian author — and one-time Hawthorn draftee — Tony Wilson, this series draws inspiration from the real-life childhood antics of the four Selwood brothers, who have all played Aussie Rules at AFL level, with Joel and Scott Selwood currently playing for the Geelong Cats. Between them, the Selwoods have played over 600 AFL games, for clubs in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.
Like so many Australian kids, the Selwood brothers grew up playing footy. On having their childhood escapades transformed into exciting novels, the Selwoods say, ‘We are so excited to see our childhood come to life in this junior fiction series that will hopefully inspire more Aussie children to read books’.
Having worked closely with the Selwoods to develop Australia’s next big junior fiction series, Wilson says, ‘The Selwood boys are as good at storytelling as they are at finding the footy. When we spent time together, they painted a vivid picture of a fun and sport-filled childhood in Bendigo, Victoria. They shared their pranks, their games, their ambitions and their sibling rivalries. Their parents, Bryce and Maree Selwood, have been very helpful too. How I’d love to have witnessed those games on the backyard tennis court! The boys are special, obviously, in terms of footballing talent, but these are stories that hopefully resonate with outdoorsy, fun-loving kids of all abilities. I’ve loved writing the books, and loved working with the Selwoods. They’re champions in every sense.’
HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish the first two books in the series, The Selwood Boys: Battle Royale and The Selwood Boys: The Miracle Goal this November. The third and fourth books will follow in March 2017.
Of publishing the series, Chren Byng, Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia, says, ‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to be publishing this fantastic new series. Tony has done such an incredible job of capturing life in the Selwood household — all the pranks, mayhem, mischief and the footy, of course. This is a series for every kid who loves sport, of any kind. A series for every kid who has had to deal with younger siblings, older siblings, the very unfairness of life itself. A series that is sure to be flying off the bookshop shelves this Christmas!’
The Selwood Boys series will be on sale from October 24 2016.
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