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Jamie Johnson #5: World Class

by Dan Freedman (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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Product Description

Jamie’s right at the top – but could it all fall apart? The World Cup Finals are beckoning. Jamie’s finally made it into the big time. But his world footballing future hangs on one question: which country will he play for? And will his skills match up against the greatest players on earth? With striking new characters, plus all his trademark fast-paced football action and off-pitch drama, Jamie Johnson returns on very top form for the fifth book in this stunning series.

“Jamie Johnson is my type of footballer.” Ryan Giggs

“An inspiring read for all football fans.” Gary Lineker

“Dan knows his football.” Owen Hargreaves

Product Details

Series

Jamie Johnson (book 5)

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781407120973

Date published

July 7th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.9; Middle years; 7.0 points

Other details
  • 320 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

Series

Author/Illustrator

Dan Freedman

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I was born in London in 1977 but my early writing career got off to a pretty rocky start. At my nursery school I used to write my words so close together that they got all jumbled up and no one could read them.

To be honest, my football career didn’t kick off brilliantly either. My parents were divorced when I was very young so my dad thought that, when he saw me, taking me to football matches would be a good idea. But I was only about four or five. It was quite scary and I didn’t like it at all. I used to plead with him to take me home so I could watch Buck Rogers on TV. But we both persevered and that’s where the football seeds were sewn. These days it’s me that drags him up from Brighton so we can watch games together.

By the time I joined school, football was pretty much the centre of my life. I never thought I was obsessed – I just liked it a lot – but those around me thought I was.

But I wanted to prove that I could be successful and still focus on football. So, during school and university I started to build a pretty decent CV for myself. I did work experience at, among other places, Arsenal FC, Radio Five LIVE, Carlton TV, The Mail on Sunday and Sky Sports. I’d worked out that if I wanted to get a job in football, I’d have to prove my ambition to people. Otherwise, I’d just sound like every other football mad kid: “I want to work in football.” You have to stand out from the crowd in some way if you can.

My CV came in handy when, in 2000, after I’d graduated and gone travelling around Australia and New Zealand, I wrote to The FA to see if they had any vacancies. They called within a couple of days and said they were actually recruiting for graduates at that very time. What luck!

I was so nervous for the interview but I gave it everything. I didn’t want them to think that I didn’t want it enough.

Thankfully I got the job and it has lead to some unbelievable experiences. As Editor of The FA my job around the England Team is bring to life for the public what goes on behind the scenes and to give the players and coaches the platform to talk directly to the fans. The most important thing is getting the players to trust you, to understand you’re on their side.

It was when I wanted to buy a present for an 11 year-old football mad boy that the idea to write this book actually struck. There didn’t seem to be a football novel for kids. I couldn’t understand it. I know that if someone had given me one when I was 11, I probably would have read it in two days flat.

I also knew that writing about football was something that I could do. So I did it.

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    dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    This book is great I would recomend it to any football fan

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    manu7
    on 24 November 2011

    I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! I would recommend it to any football fan. :)

    5out of 5
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    tommybrom8
    on 7 November 2011

    this is an amazing book i cant get away from it! when my mums says bed time [when im reading] i ask if i can stay up to read more!!!

    5out of 5
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    tamberine
    on 5 September 2011

    this book does not make sense and is very boring