Donn McClean
All to Play For

Thirteen year old Anna is struggling to cope with the recent loss of her father, when she discovers a forgotten gift from him - a pair of bright orange football socks. With the help of these brightly coloured good-luck charms, Anna slowly begins to gain confidence both on and off the pitch. 

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336 pages
196x130 mm

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'Who are we?'

'Ballymarra! Ballymarra!' everyone shouted loudly.

Thirteen-year-old Anna loves Gaelic football, and she's good: focused, skilled and strong.

But then everything changes; after a terrible loss, Anna and her family move to a new town.  How will she cope with a new home, new school and new GAA club?

It seems like even football can't give her comfort, maybe some help from an unexpected place is just what she needs......

Football, friendship & family forever

DONN McCLEAN is a sports writer, specialising in horse racing. He has written for many publications, and is currently the main features writer on horse racing for The Sunday Times in Ireland and The Irish Field. He is also the author of four racing biographies and is a regular analyst on TV and radio.

He lives in Wicklow with his wife and four daughters and coaches underage soccer teams. This is his first book for younger readers.


Irish Examiner

a resounding thumbs up from our 8yo boy … about an ordinary club footballer just like him, except she’s a girl. Great work by Donn McClean

RTE Sport's Evanne Ni Chuilinn

a moving and heartfelt story

Children's Books Ireland's ‘Mind Yourself’ Reading Guide

Growing up is never easy! It’s not any easier when you move to a new town and school. Anna must deal with this anxiety, as well as cope with the loss of her father. Anna and her father loved Gaelic football and her game falters without his support. All to Play For by Donn McClean tells the story of how Anna struggles with the grief of her loss, while she tries to help her new team win the county final. A moving and heartfelt story.

Children's Books Ireland
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