Jump! by JG Nolan

Published: July 27, 2022

SilverWood Books

Pages: 184

Genre: Children’s Football Fiction

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

JG Nolan was born and raised in a sleepy village in Shropshire and loved writing stories and playing football as a child. He has been a teacher for many years, working mainly with children who have had difficult beginnings in life. He strongly believes in positive thinking and feels most things are achievable if you put your mind to it.

Robbie Blair is a talented young schoolboy who dreams of being a professional football player when he grows up. He possesses the necessary skills but unfortunately is also set apart from the pack by his tendency to break bones – lots of them!

When Robbie breaks his leg for the third time during an important trial he is resigned to the grim reality that his footballing dream is finally over.

But, is it over?

“He could smell it – the sea air and the future.”

Robbie is football obsessed- until he breaks his leg again. Now he is told he won’t be able to play anymore. He can’t risk permanent injury. Heartbroken and feeling low, Robbie isn’t sure how he will get through until an unlikely person finds him and tells him to run.

This was a very sweet story. I loved the uplifting plot, and the message that if you want something and work harder than you ever thought possible, you can do it. Whatever it is.

Robbie was a great character. All preteen boy. But he had a beautiful heart, and that was portrayed so beautifully. I enjoyed the side characters, and found they added a lot to the story.

This is an excellent book for middle grade children. It’s easy enough to read, the storyline is good, and it had a heartfelt and lovely message.

The illustrations were well placed and beautifully drawn. They helped bring the emotion of the book to life. As did the photo at the end. This was a sweet story.

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