The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers

Leah Williamson, Jordan Glover

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From the publisher:

A time-twisting adventure from Leah Williamson, captain of the Euros-winning women's England team, written with debut author Jordan Glover, including illustrations by Robin Boyden, perfect for children aged 8 - 12!

It's time to kick off a new adventure!

Loosely based on one of Leah Williamson's big inspirations, the Dick Kerr Ladies and their brave protest against the ban on women's football, The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers is a fun adventure that comes from the heart. When Leah discovers a mysterious time capsule with her two best friends, she opens up a whole new world of adventure! Transported a hundred years back in time, Leah, George and Mimi make an unexpected discovery - women's football has been banned!Along with their new friend Dot, Leah and the team must work together to make sure the all-important Championship Cup final still goes ahead. But with a mysterious figure working hard to ruin the team's chances, Leah is in a race against time to put the clues together and catch the culprit before it's too late!The odds are against them, but time is on their side!

The author:

Leah Williamson plays as a defender for Arsenal and the Lionesses, England Women's Football team. In the summer of 2022 Leah captained the Lionesses to victory in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022.

As the first captain in the men's or women's senior teams to lead England to a European victory, Leah is uniquely positioned to motivate and inspire younger generations, and her first book, You Have the Power, is an empowering guide for children.

Jordan Glover grew up with her nose perpetually lodged in a book. As an adult, living in Cambridgeshire with her husband, son, cat, and dog, not much has changed. When not searching for magic and adventure between the pages of her current read, you can find her scribbling away or studying for her masters in Creative Writing with the Open University. The Wonder Team and the Forgotten Footballers is her debut novel.

Robin Boyden is a freelance illustrator based in Herefordshire in the West of England. In 2007 he graduated from University College Falmouth with a First Class Honours Degree and soon after completed a Masters in Art and Design.

Robin works in the picture book and middle grade fiction market and has previously worked as editorial illustrator. He has twice been selected for the AOI Images annual and has worked for numerous clients in the publishing and editorial sectors worldwide. His author-illustrator debut Gerald Needs A Friend came out in April 2021.


Macmillan Children's Books
20 x 15 cm
336 pages
August 2023