After her stepmother Shelley walks out, Gemma Sutherland is happy to have her dad back to herself again. Life is good: she's playing football at Naylorsfield School and Tyrone Collins, who she used to fight with all the time, is now one of her best friends. Then Portia, Shelley's daughter, comes back to live with the Sutherlands because her mother feels too depressed to look after her. Even though she gets on better with Portia than she used to, Gemma isn't happy that she's back, but Portia looks up to Gemma. She wants to be a footballer, too, and is desperate to be picked for the junior girls' team at school. When Portia is involved in a serious accident, the Sutherlands' world is turned upside down. Gemma, her dad and her friends do everything they can to get her interested in life and in football again. Is there a golden sky at the end of the storm for Portia?
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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. I was very impressed with the representation of aspirational young women whom we don’t usually see in 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.
When I bought this book I didn't realize it was a sequel. I really enjoyed it but I think I need to read the first book to make more sense of it, because it carries on with the story about soccer player Gemma who first appears in Goalden Girl. There appear to be two plots running side by side: Gemma's soccer playing and the challlenges she faces after her sister's accident. The author tells the story really well and the soccer scenes are really well described. I wasn't bored and I wanted to see what happened next. I see this author has written other books and I would be interested to read them.