Striking Out

Publisher: Scholastic

Jerome Jackson is a black teenager who lives with his over-worked mum and volatile stepfather in their London flat. He dreams of becoming a professional footballer, but since the death of his father, Jerome has lost his confidence to try out for the major clubs.

A chance meeting with legendary striker Ian Wright changes everything. Ian is impressed when he sees Jerome play and encourages the boy to believe in himself and overcome some of the obstacles in his way. As Jerome concentrates on honing his footballing skills, he must contend with a new school, racist abuse and an increasingly stressful home life. With Ian’s guidance, can Jerome turn his fortunes around?

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. The tale emphasises the importance of self-belief, working hard and, above all, never giving up. It also highlights some of the difficulties faced by those who grow up in a challenging environment and demonstrates the enormous difference a positive role model can make in a young person’s life.

More books like this

Ghost

Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu

Three years ago Ghost’s dad chased him and his mum down the road with a gun. His dad got ten years in prison, and Ghost learned how to run. Ghost has never thought of athletics as a sporting option – basketball is his thing. But now, after challenging a sprinter to a race at the local track, he’s won himself a place on an elite running team.

Read more about Ghost

Girl (In Real Life)

Author: Tamsin Winter

Lots of teenagers are embarrassed by their parents but when yours vlog about everything in your life, including your first period, what can you do to get your life back? A funny and interesting look at social media, identity and privacy. 

Read more about Girl (In Real Life)

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...