Pride and Penalties

Charlotte doesn’t want a lot – just to play rugby and for her Dad to be proud of her. But her brother Will’s the rugby star of the family, only he’s got very different stars in his eyes.

Soon they’re both keeping secrets and so is their mum! Plus Gran is acting stranger and stranger… It also doesn’t help that her sworn enemy is the one boy she can’t stop thinking about… Good thing she’s known as Spider, she’ll need all the help she can get to untangle this web!

Book details

ISBN: 9780340999981
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2007
Published by: Hodder Children’s Books

Also available as an eBook

My notes on Pride and Penalties…

Growing up in South Wales, we girls played touch rugby with the boys at school. (It’s called tag rugby nowadays.) I loved it, but when we got to Year 8 we weren’t allowed to play anymore. It wasn’t fair! Now I live in Cornwall which is also rugby mad. Do you know England played in the Olympic Final in 1908 and it was a completely Cornish team? Well, that’s where I got the idea for Pride and Penalties from: a Cornish girl who wants to emulate her great, great grandfather and represent her county at rugby. Only, it’s not quite as simple as that…

This story contains some incredible twists which will keep you gripped from start to finish.

(Sugar Magazine)

A poignant story about standing up for what you believe in.

(Books Quarterly)

A strong plotline, characters you can really relate to and the right mix of emotional tension and romance.

(Love reading 4 kids)

As amusing as it is absorbing...Chris Higgins plays a blinder.

(The Cornishman)

I can't even choose a favourite character, they're all brilliant!


Your book is brilliant! It has a brilliant storyline and it's my favourite book!


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