By: Kathy Helidoniotis
Genre: YFR - Sporting stories (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Omnibus Books
Published: 1 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781742769226


More than anything Devi Sharma wants to win the upcoming BollyOz competition for her mum. Then she’ll be on her way to becoming Bollywoods first ever Australian half-Indian, sort of Kiwi, quarter Scottish, Vaisnavi vegan superstar! Then Devi starts AFL lessons at school and she’s surprised to find she has talent… and a feeling she hasn’t had in a long time.

Can Devi convince her family to let her play AFL when nice girls don’t play this football and her mum thinks it will risk her winning BollyOz? With the help of her best friend in the whole entire universe, Josie, Devi needs to come up with a plan so she can play footy like she wants and light the fire in her belly once again.


Devi Sharma is a dancer and has a place at an elite sports school. She hopes to win the BollyOz dancing competition to help her Mum’s business. Dancing is her life.

But then Devi has AFL lessons at school and discovers she has a great talent for footy and a passion to play. But with a strict religious and cultural background, will her family ever let her play?

This is a great story about growing up and learning to be true to yourself. Devi is a very religious character, and it goes against everything she believes in to lie to her parents and ask her best friend Josie to lie for her as well.

It is a story that will resonate with many young girls who are battling to understand themselves and their place in the world. It is also the story of following your dreams with determination and guts, believing in yourself and sheer hard work.

A thoroughly enjoyable story best suited to lower secondary girls.

Reviewed by Michelle