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Helena Pielichaty - Author

About the Author

Helena Pielichaty (Pierre-li-hatty) lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband Peter and two children, Hanya and Joe. Her first book, Vicious Circle, was published in 1998 and was selected as one of the Book Trust's Top 100 books of that year.

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Girls FC 3: Are All Brothers Foul?

Girls FC 3: Are All Brothers Foul?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Join Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play like a girl ! My name's Lucy Skidmore and I love football. But my brother Harry has been awful since our parents split up - and now he's even getting in the way of football practice... The under eleven girls' football league is well underway and Lucy Skidmore is her team's best defender. But since her parents' divorce, her brother Harry is acting out. Lucy overcompensates by trying to please both parents all the time; but with a dad living miles away, a mum stressed out and a sulky brother to contend with, she's feeling the pressure. This is the third in a twelve-book series about women's football, with each charmingly-written book focusing on a different member of the football team and a different issue - all building up to the final book, which explores the future of the team as the original Girls FC moves on to secondary school. This book ... will encourage girls to get involved in sport from an early age. -Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson on Girls FC 1

Girls FC 4: Is An Own Goal Bad?

Girls FC 4: Is An Own Goal Bad?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Join Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play like a girl ! Hi! We're twins Dylan and Daisy McNeil. We're meant to write the match-reports for our football team, but we keep getting muddled - our granny says we're something called 'dyslexic'... Daisy and Dylan love playing football, but their captain Megan isn't very happy when they make a mess of the match-reports. The twins can't seem to arrive on time for their matches, either - though living in a chaotic household, which includes ballet-mad twin brothers and countless pets, certainly doesn't help. Luckily, their Scottish granny knows just how they can turn things around! This is the fourth in a twelve-book series about women's football, with each charmingly-written book focusing on a different member of the football team and a different issue - all building up to the final book, which explores the future of the team as the original Girls FC moves on to secondary school. This book ... will encourage girls to get involved in sport from an early age. -Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson on Girls FC 1

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play like a girl ! My name is Megan Fawcett and this is the story of how I set up the best football team in the world. Get ready for kick-off! Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her (even wearing a tiara!), but nothing seems to do the trick. Then Megan has her big brainwave: she could start her own team. An all-girls team! Now she just needs a pitch, a coach - oh, and ten other players... This is the first in a series of fun, topical early readers; join the Girls FC as they take the world by storm! This book makes football a fun activity that isn't just for boys and I hope reading the series will encourage more girls to get involved in sport from an early age. - Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

Girls FC 2: Can Ponies Take Penalties?

Girls FC 2: Can Ponies Take Penalties?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play like a girl ! Hey! Petra Ward here. I can't wait to play in my first football tournament, but it clashes with my sister's show-jumping event... And in our family, ponies ALWAYS come first. It's the Girls FC's first ever tournament and Petra can't wait to play. She's not exactly the best defender, but she loves being part of the team - and to spend time with her best friend Megan, the team captain. Then her mum delivers the bad news: the match falls on the same weekend as her older sister Charlotte's riding event. As usual, Charlotte (and the ponies) are her mum's number one priority... This is the second book in Helena Pielichaty's fun, topical early-reader series; join the Girls FC as they take the world by storm! This book makes football a fun activity that isn't just for boys and I hope reading the series will encourage more girls to get involved in sport from an early age. - Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson on Girls FC 1

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 11 More Pack B: Stinky Street

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 11 More Pack B: Stinky Street

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Stinky Street Franklin loves his home, all his friends live in Stanley Street. But his mum and dad decide they need a bigger house. What can Franklin do to stop his parents selling the house and moving away? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Girls FC 10: Has Anyone Seen Our Striker?

Girls FC 10: Has Anyone Seen Our Striker?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendshipIn book 10, Eve's story, ten-year-old Eve Akboh is devastated when her friend Gemma drops out of the team. Playing isn't nearly as much fun without her. Plus, Eve's widowed mum is run ragged trying to get her and her two brothers to and from fixtures every weekend. Maybe Eve should quit too - unless there's a way to persuade Gemma to come back...

Girls FC 9: We're the Dream Team, Right?

Girls FC 9: We're the Dream Team, Right?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship.Being the daughter of someone famous isn't easy, and as the kid of an ex-Premiership footballer, Gemma Hurst has had more than her fair share of the media spotlight. She worries constantly about inevitable fuss if he is recognized and so she tries to keep his identity a secret: she won't let him come to any of her football matches and he has never met her team-mates. But when Gemma's best friend Eve urgently needs a lift home after training one day, she is forced to overcome her fears and tell Eve the truth. Gemma can trust Eve of all people - can't she?

Girls FC 11: Do Shinpads Come in Pink?

Girls FC 11: Do Shinpads Come in Pink?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Twelve books. Twelve friends. One amazing game.In book 11, Amy's story, there is excitement as the girls plan an end of season party. Amy is delighted - finally something she is good at! She may not be a natural footballer but she was born to organize parties.

Girls FC 12: Here We Go!

Girls FC 12: Here We Go!

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Twelve books. Twelve friends. One amazing game.The twelfth book in the series comes round full circle as Megan Fawcett, whose brilliant idea it was to set up the team in the first place, takes up the story again.

Here Come the Girls!

Here Come the Girls!

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

An incredible 29 million women and girls play football across the globe. But it wasn't always this way... Helena Pielichaty, author of the popular Girls FC series, traces the development of women's football from its ban by the FA in 1921 to its current status as the UK's number one team participation sport for women and girls. This lively history introduces the early pioneers of the game, from suffragette Netty Honeyball to the munitions workers whose teams competed during the First World War, alongside contemporary players from around the world. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with contemporary and historical photographs that bring the story of women's football to life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendshipNine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her, even wearing a tiara! But nothing works... Then she has a brainwave - she'll set up her own team. An all-girls team! Now all she needs is a pitch, a coach ... and ten other players.

Girls FC 11: Do Shinpads Come in Pink?

Girls FC 11: Do Shinpads Come in Pink?

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Twelve books. Twelve friends. One amazing game. In book 11, Amy's story, there is excitement as the girls plan an end of season party. Amy is delighted - finally something she is good at! She may not be a natural footballer but she was born to organize parties.

Girls FC 9: We're the Dream Team, Right?

Girls FC 9: We're the Dream Team, Right?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship. Being the daughter of someone famous isn't easy, and as the kid of an ex-Premiership footballer, Gemma Hurst has had more than her fair share of the media spotlight. She worries constantly about inevitable fuss if he is recognized and so she tries to keep his identity a secret: she won't let him come to any of her football matches and he has never met her team-mates. But when Gemma's best friend Eve urgently needs a lift home after training one day, she is forced to overcome her fears and tell Eve the truth. Gemma can trust Eve of all people - can't she?

Girls FC 7: So What If I Hog the Ball?

Girls FC 7: So What If I Hog the Ball?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship. Ten-year-old Jenny-Jane Bayliss is fed up of everyone getting at her. If it's not her horrible family, it's her teacher or her football coach. All she wants to do is play football - why can't they all just leave her alone?

Girls FC 5: Who Ate All the Pies?

Girls FC 5: Who Ate All the Pies?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2009

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship. eBook available. It's almost the end of the first season and Holly Woolcock's team are holding a special presentation evening to celebrate. Who will win the prizes, especially the coveted Player's Player of the Season Award? Holly knows one thing - it won't be her. Nobody's going to choose the chubby girl, are they? But Holly doesn't care what people think and she'll eat what she wants. She's happy with how she looks ... isn't she?

Girls FC 4: Is An Own Goal Bad?

Girls FC 4: Is An Own Goal Bad?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2009

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship. eBook available. Twins Daisy and Dylan love playing football, but try as they might, they are always late for matches. Living in a converted windmill with a scatty mum, a disorganized dad, ballet-mad twin brothers and countless pets doesn't help. Unfortunately the twins' laid-back attitude annoys some of their team-mates. Luckily their Scottish granny is on hand with some tactics of her own to get the twins to arrive on time!

Girls FC 3: Are All Brothers Foul?

Girls FC 3: Are All Brothers Foul?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2009

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship The under eleven girls' league is well underway and Lucy Skidmore is her team's best defender. Bright, sporty and happy-go-lucky, her parents' divorce doesn't seem to have affected her at all. The same is not true of her older brother, Harry. He is so badly behaved! Lucy overcompensates by trying to please both parents all the time. But with a dad living miles away, a mum stressed out and a sulky brother to contend with, Lucy is feeling the pressure.

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Girls FC 1: Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Author: Helena Pielichaty, Sonia Leong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2009

Girls FC: the best team for football and friendship Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her, even wearing a tiara! But nothing works... Then she has a brainwave - she'll set up her own team. An all-girls team! Now all she needs is a pitch, a coach ... and ten other players.

Clubbing Again

Clubbing Again

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

A bumper bind-up of two fantastic stories about the friends from the After School Club. In 'Sammie's Back', all Sammie wants is for her mum and dad to get back together - so she makes a wish and tries to make it come true. But the reality is not nearly as good as the dream, and when things go horribly wrong Sammie feels like a failure. Especially as all her friends seem to have such perfect families - why can't hers be like that? Brody's also having problems in 'Brody's Back' - she's finding life a bit hard. Everyone always relies upon her - but there's nobody there for her when she need some help. Even her best buddy's let her down. She decides that enough's enough - Mrs Fryston can find someone else to captain the Book Quiz, and all the others can just get off her case.

Clubbing Together

Clubbing Together

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2005

Sammie, Brody, Alex, and Jolene are the fabulous, feisty girls from the After School Club and each has their own story to tell. They all have very different lives and all have families who can be a complete pain, but through all their ups and downs they have one common bond . . . even when they're not the best of friends.

Simone's Diary

Simone's Diary

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

Simone has just started secondary school and has agreed to help a student teacher with his research by filling in questionnaires, and keeping a diary about all her experiences. In true Simone style she sometimes finds herself writing not only about school, but also about her interesting, and very funny, life outside school too. This book is ideal for fans of Jacqueline Wilson. 'I warmed to Simone and her realistic approach to life - she's Adrian Mole without the angst.' - School Librarian.

Simone's Website

Simone's Website

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

Simone's school project is to design and build a website, and she's been assigned to work with horrid Anthony Bent. But Anthony is in hospital recovering from a burst appendix so Simone has to communicate with him via e-mail. As well as their discussions about the website, we also hear all about Simone's mum's pregnancy, and Simone's fears that the new baby will take her place in her mother's affections.

Simone's Letters

Simone's Letters

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

The first of three books about the unstoppable and much-loved character, Simone, charts her final year at primary school. Her funny and often touching letters tell the reader all about the ups and downs of her life - her friendships, her family, and her hilarious exploits. 'A sharp, funny story with an insight into a child's psyche and the primary school pecking order. I predict a film.' - The Times . 'Wickedly perceptive about school life written with vivacious wit.' - Times Educational Supplement .

Jade's Story

Jade's Story

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2002

Jade doesn't know how to cope when her father starts behaving oddly. He sits in a chair all day, staring into space, not even bothering to get dressed - until Jade is too embarrassed to bring her friends home. And then, to cap it all, he wrecks his own shop, makes a scene in the middle of the road, and has to be escorted off to hospital by the police. Jade doesn't know how to cope with her father's strange behaviour - and it's only as she comes to understand him better that she come to terms with what's happening to him. This is an insightful study of what it's like to have a parent break down, handled with sensitivity and humour.

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2000

Louisa May wants to be normal, like everyone else, but doesn't know how to go about it. Her mother, Georgette, lives in a fantasy world, fuelled by the endless romances she reads. They both live in the world of the homeless, drifting from one lodging to another. Told with sympathy and a strong sense of humour, this is a novel of the strong bonds that exist between mother and daughter, how one supports the other, and of their struggles to find a way out of the vicious circle of poverty. It is now being reissued in a smaller, mass-market paperback format.

Simone's Letters

Simone's Letters

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/1999

When ten-year-old Simone starts writing letters to Jem Cakebread, the leading man of a touring theatre company, she begins a friendship that will change her life. This collection of funny letters charts Simone's final year at primary school.

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