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Secrets and lies . . . secrets and lies . . . Fourteen-year-old twins, Kaine and Roxy, used to be close, but now they can hardly bear to be in the same room. Roxy hates the way her brother behaves - Kaine might be brilliant at football but he's always in trouble and cares nothing about his family. And Kaine despises the way his supposedly-perfect sister, dominates their parents in her ambition to reach Wimbledon. But the twins are both hiding dangerous secrets of their own, secrets that could destroy everything they are working towards - and both Roxy and Kaine's survival hangs precariously in the balance. Gripping, twisting, and real, this book is UNSTOPPABLE.
Fourteen-year-old twins, Roxy and Kaine, have only one thing in common. They HATE each other. Kaine is loud, brash and brilliant at football. Roxy is heading for tennis superstardom. When tragedy strikes, their worlds are ripped apart. Can they come together before it's too late?
'A thrilling page-turner about the causes of knife crime while offering solutions and hope.' The Times' Children's Book of the Week
'This highly charged story of complex family relationships, misplaced loyalty and finding strength to overcome devastating disappointment will appeal especially to sports fans but is also a cracking read for anyone who likes a well-told, engaging narrative.' Book Trust
'It's very, very good.' Alan Shearer
'Brilliant. If you know a boy or girl aged 10-14ish, they will laugh. Cry. And more importantly...think.' Alex Stone, FIFA
'An excellent read which deals with the subject of knife crime in a sensitive and realistic manner.' Patrick Green, CEO The Ben Kinsella Trust
'Unstoppable touches every aspect of a teenager's journey within elite sport. It's a must-read for all Academy managers, coaches and scouts. I would also highly recommend it to young players hoping to make it in the professional game, as well as their parents.' Les Reed, Technical Director, The Football Association
'This book feels very authentic. I would be particularly recommending this to those who have fallen away a bit from reading because they don't identify with characters in other books. I think so many will identify with these...a very strong book and one that is a blast of the voice of youth.' Dawn Finch, Children's Writers and Illustrators Group
'A must-read story for all sporty kids in Year 6 and above. I'd also recommend it to coaches, teachers and parents interested in the mindset, challenges and development of top young athletes.' Sarah Cecil, sports psychologist at the English Institute of Sport
'My 13-year-old daughter and I loved your book, Dan. Couldn't put it down. Gripping and thought-provoking.' Tanya Motie, BBC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group
'Compelling reading.' Armadillo Magazine
|Publication date:||6th February 2020|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Thrillers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
Dan Freedman was born in London in 1977. During school and university he did work experience at, among other places, Arsenal FC, Radio Five LIVE, Carlton TV, The Mail on Sunday and Sky Sports. In 2000, after he had graduated and gone travelling around Australia and New Zealand, Dan became Editor of The FA. He also writes all the programmes for England matches and The FA Cup Final. It was when he wanted to buy a present for an 11 year-old football mad boy that the idea to write the book â€˜Kick Offâ€™ actually struck. There didnâ€™t seem to be a football ...More About Dan Freedman