Stat Man by Alan Durant

Stat Man

Written by Alan Durant
Illustrated by Brett Hudson

9+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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A brilliant read for all football – and stats-mad - readers. Scorelines, substitutions, club records and more, Arnie is great at remembering everything about football. Sadly, he’s not so great at playing it…But that doesn’t stop Arnie from taking part when his team are in the final – as keeper of the match statistics. But, when the striker goes down injured Arnie gets his turn on the pitch. Can he make his mark there too?


Stat Man by Alan Durant

Meet Arnie - the original football anorak! There isn't a bit of football trivia he doesn't know. But can he brush up enough on his skills on the pitch to help out his local side? Arnie Keen loves stats - statistics, facts and figures. But best of all he likes football stats, and that is why people call him Stat Man. If you could win football games by knowing football facts, Arnie's team would always win. Unfortunately, you win by being good at football, which Arnie is not. And when the star player is suddenly injured, Arnie must take his place - will he be able to help his team win the Cup Final? A charming story filled with loads of facts about football! Also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

About the Author

Alan Durant

Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers. He also writes prize-winning poetry.

He was born in Surrey, went to Trinity School in Croydon and then to Keble College, Oxford to read English. Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author. He’s married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.

In 2007 he won the Portsmouth Children's Picture Book Award for Burger Boy and the Stockport Children's Book Award for Football Fever. He has won the Kingston Borough/Waterstone's Poetry Prize on two occasions. In 2008 he won The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for Billy Monster's Daymare which also won the 2009 Portsmouth Children's Book Award.

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72 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

26th October 2012




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