Mental Health


we need to tackle mental health

This book is dedicated to the memory of it’s author Jonny Zucker, who lived with mental health issues for over 20 years.

He brought joy to the lives of thousands. We miss him every day.

Jonny dedicated his whole life to getting kids reading, and worked for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming an author.

Striker Boy was his favourite and most popular story. This special not-for-profit edition is being published in his memory to raise awareness around mental health.

The money we raise for Mind will help to ensure that every person experiencing a mental health issue receives the support and respect they deserve. A fantastic example of that support is the ‘Get Set to Go’ scheme which provides support in the community through sport.

If you need advice or support, contact Mind on 0300 123 3393, or visit www.mind.org.uk.

THREE WAYS TO ENJOY STRIKER BOY


retro | new school | audible
  • Enjoy it in paperback - nothing beats the feel of a real book!
  • Enjoy it on Kindle. This is a great option... if you have a Kindle.
  • Download it as an audio-book narrated by the football obsessed Jonny Gould!

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TEACHER RESOURCE PACKS


free downloadable packs for the Key Stage 2 classroom
 

Pack 1: Literacy Resources 

Bring Striker Boy to life in your classroom with these ready-to-go resources.

 

Diary Writing Competition

Take part in our national writing competition and win £100 in book vouchers for the school!

Diary Writing Planner

A structured guide to help children write an engaging diary entry for the competition.

Performance Planner

Use this resource to plan, rehearse and perform an event within the book.

Building a Picture

Use this resource to get the children to think, and write, about what they know so far about the text.

Book Review

A template to help children write a critical review of Striker Boy that can be shared with peers.

Word Search and Crossword

A ready-made word search and crossword puzzle themed around the text.

 

Pack 2: Emotional Resilience Resources

A range of resources created in collaboration between teachers and mental health professionals, designed to stimulate discussion and deep thinking.

 

Exploring Feelings

An activity which involves children exploring negative feelings and why ourselves and others could feel this way.

What Makes us Feel Happy?

An activity designed to encourage children to identify key things within their lives which make them feel happy.

Dealing with Negatives

Explore strategies for dealing with negativity and promote deep thinking.

REVIEWS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


As a child Jonny Zucker devoured any stories about football and footballers, and was especially influenced by a book called Goalkeepers are Different by Brian Glanville. He set his heart on being a writer and in particular, writing a novel that combined a football story with a thriller plot. Striker Boy is that book. On the path to becoming a writer Jonny has worked as a primary school teacher, FA qualified football coach and stand up comedian., He was an avid Arsenal fan, and even at 40 he hadn’t quite given up hope of making it as a professional footballer. He lived in North London with his wife Fiona, and their three sons.

25%
OF PEOPLE IN THE UK WILL EXPERIENCE A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
6122
UK SUICIDES IN 2014
16000000
ANNUAL VISITORS TO MIND INFORMATION WEBSITE
390307
USING LOCAL MIND SERVICES

GET IN TOUCH


If you’d like to find out more about what we are doing, or volunteer to help with the campaign, the please get in touch! Any and all volunteers welcome. You can use the form below or email us on info@strikerboy.com



Fiona with cousin Jonny Gould and family.

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER


2Simple Ltd are not a print publishing house, this is the first book we have ever printed! We make educational software for primary schools. In 2013 we teamed up with Jonny to launch an online library of original fiction books called ‘Serial Mash’. We loved every minute of working with Jonny and he became a dear friend to all of us. We take comfort in the fact that he lives on through his writing, and continues to inspire children to read for pleasure.

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