Kick by Mitch Johnson
  

Kick

Written by Mitch Johnson

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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | October 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: serious issues in a fast-moving, vividly told football story

Like lots of kids in this country, Budi lives for football, training with his friends whenever he can, following his team with a passion and dreaming about playing at the top level. But Budi lives in Jakarta and works ten hours a day making the football boots his sporting heroes wear, and earning just pennies for doing it. The descriptions of his working conditions will shock readers, but Budi’s acceptance of them as inevitable is almost more upsetting. Lively, funny, always optimistic, Budi will win readers’ hearts and his positivity ensures the book remains an accessible page-turner even as his life gets very bleak indeed. A vividly told story that has lots to say about the world, and the importance of hope and fate, represented here by Real Madrid. ~ Andrea Reece

The Branford Boase Judges said : ‘well-researched and beautifully described’; ‘a very brave first novel’; ‘fresh and different’ ‘I loved the characters’.

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Kick by Mitch Johnson

Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.

About the Author

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an award-winning first class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, Mitch completed Kick, his debut novel for middle grade readers. He was inspired to write it while working in a sports shop where he discovered a discarded, crumpled drinks sachet left in a shoebox between a brand-new pair of football boots. Mitch now works as a bookseller at Waterstones, Norwich, and writes in his spare time.

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Format

Paperback
304 pages

Author

Mitch Johnson
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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2017

ISBN

9781474928151

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