Good Sports by Stuart Lipshaw | Book Review

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Bursting with energy and inspiration, Good Sports makes for fascinating reading for New Zealanders of all ages who love sports and good stories.

A companion volume to the best-selling Go Girl, Oh Boy and Kia Kaha … be inspired by this collection of true stories about 50 remarkable Kiwi sports heroes – people who have set goals, aimed high, and achieved their dreams.

With a real mixture of well-known and lesser-known stories, Good Sports shows that our ‘heroes’ all started out as kids with big dreams, doubts, and challenges – just like us. Their stories of achieving success against expectations and the odds, paving the way for others to succeed too, will embolden readers to dream big and follow their passions.

The diverse range of incredible contemporary and historical sportspeople featured in this book include Dame Lisa Carrington, Dame Valerie Adams, Sir Peter Blake, Lydia Ko, Israel Adesanya, George Nepia, Yvette Williams, Wynton Rufer, and many, many more!

The perfect book for encouraging a love of literacy in reluctant readers – Good Sports is ideal for the school library or classroom, as well as at home – where adults will enjoy reading these engaging stories just as much as kids!

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Read the review from the Brown/Reid family

Good Sports book review

This book was received with great excitement in our house – there was almost a fight over who would get to read it first!

How amazing to be able to read about New Zealand sporting heroes, some of which the kids had heard of, but many they had not. The simple pleasure of scrolling through the table of contents, choosing their favourite sport or sports person and then having the story read out loud for all the family to hear was a privilege.

This book has become our new bedtime reading go-to. It sits on the coffee table in the lounge, the TV gets turned off and the kids each choose a story to be read. It has been hard to stop at one each and some stories have already been read multiple times.

Good Sports
Good Sports book review
Good Sports book review

This book would be a fantastic addition to any family’s reading collection. The stories are easy to read and hold great relevance to anyone interested in sports, or New Zealand sporting history. We have learnt a lot reading these stories, it’s a very inspirational book. I often find the kids sitting and reading it on their own in a quiet spot. It is one of those books that grabs your attention and holds it.

If we could award it more than 5 stars we would! Totally recommend it for all ages, it has something for everyone, even if you don’t think you are a sports fan.

The Brown/Reid family

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