Striking Out: A Thrilling Novel from Superstar Striker Ian Wright by Musa Okwonga (author) and Ian Wright (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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From the writing team of Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga.Inspired by the story of the superstar striker, Ian Wright.CO-WINNER OF THE CHILDREN’S SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022“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.

“This engaging and uplifting novel, which celebrates friendship and community, is based on Ian Wright’s own childhood experiences and will appeal to any aspiring sportsperson.”Booktrust“An inspiring story that encourages you to dream big and overcome life’s challenges.” Trent Alexander-ArnoldIan 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 November 2022 Ages 9-10 Book of the Month

Our book of the month for children ages 9+ comes from the award-winning writing team Musa Okwonga and superstar striker Ian Wright. 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.

Perfect for fans of real-life stories, readers will love this truly inspirational story of community, hopes, and most importantly… Football! 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. Perfect for the World Cup!

Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+
Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+

Product Details

Catalogue number

267 in EU Teen May 2024







Date published

September 1st, 2022

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  • 256 pages



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