Lily and the Rockets

Written by Rebecca Stevens
Review by Lisa Redmond

Lily Dodd is proud to start working as a munitionette at the same factory as her father. Having left school, she feels finally grown up, but working in the factory is far from her dream, especially when her best friend decides to go to the front to be a nurse. Playing football with some of her workmates helps Lily to make friends and find her place. There is even a league of female teams which proves popular with the factory girls and with spectators. However as the war ends and the men return, the factory girls lose their jobs and their football teams. With the help of an old friend and a disguise Lily finds a way to keep playing.

Based on the true stories and experiences of the hugely popular women’s teams of the First World War, Rebecca Stevens’ page-turning new book is a tale of friendship and love, the sacrifice of war and the power of sport to bring people together. Lily is a strong and determined character, and this book will appeal to fans of Emma Carroll, Robin Stevens and Kate Saunders. Most suited to readers aged 9 and upwards.