The fifth book in Felice Arena and Garry Lyons' best-selling Specky Magee series has Specky facing some tough challenges, returning to his hometown after leading a rival team to victory over his former school. His ex-teammates and best friends are upset and don't seem to want him around so he finds unlikely friendship with his enemy Screamer, who reveals a surprisingly sensitive, softer side. Specky and Screamer form an improbable alliance, as Specky helps Screamer follow his heart. Stig Wemyss captures the many conflicts with vibrant characterization and subtle poignancy, helping to make the story's climax an emotional triumph.
"Only last month, former Booyong High student Simon 'Specky' Magee led the Gosmore Grammar Knights to victory against our courageous Booyong Lions. But now he's back in town! Well, we at the Bugle would like to welcome Simon home, but even his best mates don't want him on the team. And now we can't help but wonder just how 'specky-tacular' Magee really is.... Will he ever play with Booyong again? Specky has questions of his own.... Will Robbo and Danny ever talk to him again? What could possibly scare the Great McCarthy? And what's Screamer up to now?"