Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
‘Goalden Sky is a short novel by Tracey Morait which is the sequel to the young adult* tale, Goalden Girl. Set in the UK in contemporary times, the novel’s young protagonist is Gemma Sutherland, a keen female footballer who has already fought for and won the right to set up a girls’ football team at her school, Naylorsfield. In Goalden Sky, Gemma is reunited with her would-be step-sister Portia, also keen to play the beautiful game, and their rocky relationship takes on a new twist as she and her dad become responsible for her care after Portia suffers a traumatic accident. A love for sport and a love for family combine in this uplifting yet down to earth tale of two girls and their future dreams.
As a British reader myself, I saw many a Liverpudlian reference in Tracey Morait’s writing, and I feel that she has captured a spirit and a culture that readers from any country can fall in love with. Goalden Sky is an inspiring story that’s about much more than sport; exploring family relationships, mental health conditions, friendships and social pressures in a way that’s very accessible to its intended young adult audience. YA fiction. I think that Goalden Girl* teaches valuable lessons about achieving your dreams in a practical and well thought out way. Overall, an engaging read with lovable characters and a very important message at its heart.‘
*They got Girl mixed up with Sky, but since I do that a lot it’s no biggie; and Goalden Girl is in the children’s category. Really pleased they enjoyed reading the book, though, and very happy with that review! Still hoping for more, not nearly enough coming my way for this book! 😦