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It is 1917 and Hettie’s brother is away fighting for his country. Keen to help the war effort, Hettie goes to work at the local Dick, Kerr & Co munitions factory. Hettie has always enjoyed playing football with her brother and his friends, so, when the women at the factory decide to set up a women’s football team, Hetty is keen to join them, despite opposition from her father. The book is based on the amazing true story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team, one of the earliest women’s teams in England, who became so successful that their matches drew crowds of up to 50,000 people. The depiction of working and living conditions feels very authentic and the themes of family love and tension, female friendship, and the stirrings of huge social change are powerful. Hetty is an immediately engaging and likeable character and the book is very readable and completely engrossing. Highly recommended!
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