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All Together Now Dick, Kerr Girls

Written by Eve Ainsworth

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Set in 1920, and based on true story of the Dick, Kerr football legends, this tells the gripping, inspiring tale of an aspiring female footballer

March 2022 Book of the Month

Rooted in the remarkable real-life story of the pioneering female football team that blazed a trail for women’s football (and beyond), this third book in Eve Ainsworth’s inspiring Dick, Kerr Girls series is an absolute screamer of a novel. A top-of-the-league triumph with clear appeal for female football fans and players, plus plenty to grip and move all kinds of readers, for it’s also a universal story of determination, family life and strife, friendship, confusing new emotions, and hope.

Twelve-year-old Martha, little sister to Hettie and Freddie who’ll be known to readers from the previous novels, has just started training alongside the world-famous, world-class Dick, Kerr football team, which provokes envy and snide sexist remarks from some of the local lads she’s always enjoyed football kickabouts with. But inspired by the team’s star player, Lily, Martha is determined to succeed.

Alongside this, though, Martha’s hard-working dad falls seriously ill. Then, as the women’s game draws record-breaking crowds, pioneers playing evening matches under searchlights, and raises huge sums of money for former servicemen, detractors raise their voices. Some believe “men’s football is still the only proper sport”, that “no girl should be out playing rough sport”, and Martha’s teacher believes “God never intended for women to be running up and down football pitches”.

The wider historic context is fascinating, too, and many areas of the characters’ lives illuminate this period of British history, from the prejudice against women’s football, and Hettie working in the Dick, Kerr & Co munitions factory, to Freddie forging a new career after being injured in WWI, and people having to pay for medical care in this pre-NHS era. These strands of social history will provoke thought and discussion as Martha’s struggles and determination resonate, grip and inspire. She’s loving and perceptive, bold and confident, but prone to patches of self-doubt — a fully-rounded, relatable character readers will root for.

Joanne Owen

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Read a review of Kicking Off and all about The Perfect Shot, the first two books in this historic series.

All Together Now Dick, Kerr Girls Synopsis

The third book in the series, based on the remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies.

It's 1920, and the Dick, Kerr Girls football team have a new member training with them... Martha, little sister to Hettie and Freddie, has finally been given her chance to swap street kickabouts with the local lads for the chance to play alongside the world's best female footballers.

But Martha has more to worry about than keeping up with the older girls. She's dealing with new and confusing feelings, things at home are hard, and the future of women's football is under threat.

Are Martha's dreams - both on and off the pitch - too far out of reach?

All Together Now Dick, Kerr Girls Press Reviews

Praise for the Dick, Kerr Ladies fiction series:

‘This is a story about friendship, family and football, and I think you’re going to love it!’ - Cathy Cassidy

‘A brilliant, powerful story. And one that needs to be told.’ - Dan Freedman

‘This story has been waiting to be told to young readers for too long. They will surely welcome the promise of further episodes in the Dick, Kerr team’s history.’ - Books for Keeps

‘An inspiring read’ – The Week Junior

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ISBN: 9781912979721
Publication date: 03/02/2022
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979721
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories, Sporting Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Star Books
Collections: 30 books to celebrate International Women's Day, Girl Power - Inspiring and Informative Children's Books with a Feminist Message,

About Eve Ainsworth

Eve Ainsworth is a public speaker, creative workshop coordinator and award-winning author who draws from her extensive work with teenagers managing emotional and behavioural issues to write authentic, honest and real novels for young people. Eve lives in West Sussex with her husband and two children. Click here to read more about why Eve wrote Lost.

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