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Fox Swift and the Golden Boot book launch

The Slattery Media Group was thrilled to launch the third book in our Fox Swift series, Fox Swift and the Golden Boot, on Sunday afternoon at Readings in Hawthorn. Author David Lawrence, illustrator Jo Gill, and, of course, Hawks superstar Cyril Rioli joined us. It was a joy to see so many young readers lining up eagerly with their books. We at SMG are extremely proud of this series— not only do David and Jo have readers cackling from start to finish with their witty words and illustrations, but all three books tackle some serious issues including racial intolerance, bullying, cheating and bad sportsmanship, and it was lovely to see how deeply these messages have resonated with Fox Swift fans while talking to the many who could make it to the launch on the weekend.

A very big thank you to our team of contributors, David, Jo and Cyril, and to the staff at Readings Hawthorn for their stellar assistance in making this event a raging success.

If you haven’t got your copy of the book yet and are wondering what Fox is up to this year, we see him visiting the Tiwi Islands with his best mate Lewis Rioli, playing a thrilling game with the locals, almost being trampled by a water buffalo, and having a close encounter with an extremely hungry crocodile!

Fox’s younger brother Chase is made captain of the Davinal Under 11’s, and, with the brilliant Jimmy Rioli, a giant burping ruckman, and a highflying one-armed centre half back, they are set for a fantastic year. But one obstacle stands in their way: the completely incompetent Mr Percy has volunteered to be their coach!

Midway through the season, Fox faces an unexpected test – he’s forced to team up with his nemesis Mace after a slick Metro side challenges their local country league to a match. Can these longtime rivals put their differences aside long enough to triumph over the city slickers?

All of your favourite characters from the first two books return, and the Diggers have a new recruit – a speedy half back flanker called Aslam Khan.

With Cyril Rioli’s tips and drills once again featured, a wonderfully wacky storyline and witty illustrations, there is a lot of fun to be had over the journey – making it the perfect book for any child with a passion for Aussie Rules, or just a passion for a good read.

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