Striking Out: The Debut Novel from Superstar Striker Ian Wright
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From the winning writing team of Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga.Inspired by the story of the superstar striker, Ian Wright.
“A thrilling book … an uplifting story about triumph against all odds.” ... “You don’t have to be a football fan to love it!” David Walliams
“I devoured it … moving, thrilling, disturbing, triumphant and inspiring … a wonderful achievement.” Stephen Fry
Thirteen-year-old Jerome Jackson dreams of becoming a world-class footballer. But with a difficult home life, Jerome can’t see how he’ll ever make this dream come true … until he meets a mentor figure who can hopefully put him on the right track. “The best strikers aren’t the most skilful ones. They are the ones who never give up.”
- Perfect for fans of real-life drama
- Readers will love Ian Wright’s cameo role in the story
- With phenomenal cover art from Benjamin Wachenje.
Ian Wright is one of the UK’s all-time leading goal scorers. He’s lifted the Premier League title, The FA Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and won the Premier League golden boot. Musa Okwonga is an author, poet, journalist and musician; he is a co-host of the Stadio football podcast.
Our October 2021 Ages 9-10 Book of the Month
For my 9+ October Book of the Month I have chosen the debut novel from superstar striker Ian Wright with Musa Okwonga, Striking Out. Like most thirteen-year-olds, Jerome Jackson dreams of becoming the best footballer in the world. But with a difficult home life, it feels like Jerome’s dream will never become a reality. Until one day he meets a mentor who sets him on the right track, and teaches him the best strikers aren’t the most skilful ones, they are the ones who never give up.
Written in conjunction with author, poet, journalist and musician Musa Okwonga, the book is inspired by the life of Ian Wright – and fans of his will love to know he even has a cameo in the book! Being one of the UK’s all-time leading goal scorers, having lifted the Premier League title, the FA Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and won the Premier League golden boot, Wright has probably the one of the highest expertise in the country on what it takes to be a top striker! Children who are fans of football but may be reluctant readers will devour this book, as it’s filled with tips, tricks and insider knowledge.
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