Striker Boy in schools
Striker Boy is a page turning thriller that will have children gripped from start to finish.
Whilst the football theme is sure to appeal to many reluctant readers, the plot of Striker Boy is much more embedded in the action that takes place off the pitch, making it suitable for all boys and girls in upper KS2, even those that don’t like football!
TEACHER RESOURCE PACKS
Pack 1: Literacy Resources
Bring Striker Boy to life in your classroom with these ready-to-go resources.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author of Striker Boy, Jonny Zucker, was an educator of the truest form, dedicating his life to improving child literacy. Jonny worked for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a respected children’s author. Even as an author, he continued to work with thousands of teachers and children across the country to inspire a love of literacy.
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.
Jonny lived with mental health problems for over two decades and sadly took his own life in 2016. Together with his family and the mental health charity Mind we have republished this special not-for-profit edition of Striker Boy. £1.40 from every copy sold is donated to Mind, a registered charity in England.
We loved every second of working with Jonny and we miss him everyday.
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