Jamie Johnson Books

The idea behind the books was a very simple one: I wanted to write the kind of books that I would have loved to have read when I was younger.
That meant lots of drama, fast-paced action and, of course lots of football.

The other ingredient was to share and tap into the unique experiences that I was lucky enough to have when I was working in football. Having met the top players and managers in the game, I wanted to use those special ingredients in the books.

The only thing that I needed was a story… A character. That’s where Jamie Johnson came in. Jamie is boy who lives and breathes football. He’s got amazing talent and the desire to make it to the top.

He’s not perfect, but then none of us are. Remember, I said I wanted my books to be realistic not fantasy.

So Jamie is a mixture of all those great footballers that I have met. Players like Ronaldo, Rooney, Gerrard, Giggs and Messi. I’ve been lucky enough to work with all of these players and you can find a bit of all of them in Jamie Johnson…

We meet Jamie when he’s 13 in The Kick Off and, in each new book, we follow him on every step of his journey as he aims to fulfil his dream of becoming one of the biggest football stars in the world.

The order of the books is:

1. The Kick Off
2. Shoot to Win
3. Golden Goal
4. Man of the Match
5. World Class
6. Final Whistle
Special World Cup Prequel. Skills from Brazil

However, they are all written to also allow them to be read as standalone stories in their own right.

The Kick OffThe Kick Off

The start of Jamie Johnson’s football career. He’s got so much to prove, The pressure’s on, but has Jamie got what it takes?

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SHOOT TO WIN

Shoot to Win

Jamie’s got everything to play for  – scouts from top clubs are coming to watch him play! This is his big chance and he can’t wait to show off his latest move but the new coach is bearing a grudge…Has Jamie missed his chance?

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GOLDEN GOAL

Golden Goal

There’s a massive buzz around Jamie Johnson. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer seem to be coming true. But, just when he seems close to living the dream, a shocking event turns his world upside down…

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MOTM

Man of the Match

Jamie Johnson is fast becoming the most popular player in the country. He’s playing the best football of his career for his beloved Hawkstone. But life at the top of the league isn’t as easy as it seems..And Hawkstone are about to sign a new winger…

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WORLD CLASS

World Class

It’s the big one! The World Cup Finals beckon for Jamie Johnson but first he must answer a huge question: Which country will he play for? With brand new characters and more jaw-dropping footy action, Dan Freedman and Jamie Johnson return on very top form.

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FINAL WHISTLE

Final Whistle

This was the team of teams. The club of clubs. And now they wanted him to join them.”

A transfer to the best club in the world beckons for Jamie Johnson. This is big. This is huge! However, a time bomb is already ticking within Jamie…Is the final whistle about to blow?

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Skills from Brazil

Before the packed stadiums. Before the international play. Before the bright lights. Jamie Johnson had to learn to play from the best. Jamie is in his last year of primary school and loves being the best footballer in school. He’s the only one that could possible lead the students to victory in their annual game against the teachers.

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Captures the realism of the game without losing sight of the magic that keeps us in thrall of the magic

Kevin McCarra
Football Correspondent
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Drama you can’t beat

Sunday Express

A must for junior football fans

The Observer

A video explaining how Wayne Rooney inspired Born to Play

Introducing Jamie Johnson…

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98 Responses to “Jamie Johnson Books”

  1. Danny July 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Please PLEASE could you finish off the last book the final whistle as i need to know more about the rest of the match

    • Dan Freedman July 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      I’ve got a better idea – why don’t you finish it???
      http://www.renlearn.co.uk/finalwhistle

      • Ismail August 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

        Could you please finish the book and could you please try and turn the book into a movie.

    • Jordan June 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      I love your books Dan and is there any new books other than skills from brazil to come PLEASE

      • Dan Freedman June 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

        Good question! I hope so!

  2. Saad July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Will there be a 7th book? The book name “final whistle” implies the end for Jamie Johnson, but is it? It seems a shame to end such a great series. If there is a book 7, when is it coming out and is there any news?

    • Dan Freedman July 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      I have just sent ideas for a few new Jamie Johnson books to my agent!…more news as soon as I have it…

      • harry whiting July 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

        dear Dan you came to my school today ( Finchley catholic high school) and told us about these schools that have fights with each other. I have a ideas this is one: Jamie goes to a new school because he was in year six and now in year 7. and he gets into the school football team and they play a league and it is a decider to who win the league but the other school is the one next door and they hate they hate each other. hope you use my ideas and could ad a new anew person to the story me I would be so great full bye!

        • Dan Freedman August 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

          Good idea Harry!!

    • Ismail August 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

      if there is another book it should be called Extra Time

      • Dan Freedman August 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

        Good idea!!! And I’ll do my best for a movie – it would be great!

  3. Shaun September 14, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Dan I have never ever liked reading but when i read Kick Off i was just soo into the book that i couldn’t stop reading it.

  4. Dan Freedman October 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Now that’s what an author likes to hear!

  5. Zain October 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi Dan, any chance of a new book? I’ve always loved reading about football but it wasn’t till I read kick off that I was prepared to buy a full series- that’s how much I liked it! I really enjoy reading about JJ (he let me use his nickname :) ) and i hope his journey can continue-please reply!

    • Dan Freedman October 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Very delighted to hear it! Just working on a new book now!!

      • Ben Lewis December 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

        Hi Dan, I’m a big fan of the Jamie Johnson series and have got every book, I wanted to ask you a question! I am 12 years old and their are 3 things I love: playing/watching football, reading brilliant books (like your ones) and watching films. It would be amazing if you could turn the Jamie Johnson series into a film. I am glad to hear you are bringing more Jamie Johnson books out and I am also loving the cliffhangers and the thrills of the series and it also makes me feel sorry for Jamie. One last thing do you have any tips on writing a story because you are an inspiration and I would like to start writing my own one day. Not only you but the book is an inspiration as well for me becoming a professional footballer, it has shown what true confidence is about!!!
        Sorry for such a long question.

        • Dan Freedman February 2, 2014 at 10:32 am #

          Hi Ben, main thing is to just get started! That’s the hardest thing – then to keep going.

          - Entertain yourself, write the book that you want to read
          - Every character wants something…remember that…

          Good luck and enjoy! Dan

      • Ben Lewis December 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

        Hi Dan, I’m a big fan of the Jamie Johnson series and have got every book, I wanted to ask you a question! I am 12 years old and their are 3 things I love: playing/watching football, reading brilliant books (like your ones) and watching films. It would be amazing if you could turn the Jamie Johnson series into a film. I am glad to hear you are bringing more Jamie Johnson books out and I am also loving the cliffhangers and the thrills of the series and it also makes me feel sorry for Jamie. One last thing do you have any tips on writing a story because you are an inspiration and I would like to start writing my own one day. Not only you but the book is an inspiration as well for me becoming a professional footballer, it has shown what true confidence is about!!!
        Sorry for such a long paragraph

        • Dan Freedman January 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

          Hey Ben, great email and questions! So glad you enjoy the books.

          Tips for writing a story:

          - Entertain yourself, then the readers will be entertained.
          - Ask yourself ‘what does my character want in life? And how are they going to get it?’
          - Don’t try to write the perfect story first time. Get something down on paper and work from there.
          - Use every thought, dream, fear and experience that you have ever had in your own life.
          - Don’t try to make your characters perfect – none of us are.
          - Try to give each page and chapter the kind of ending that makes your reader HAVE to read on…

          Keep in touch,

          dan

          • Ben Lewis February 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

            hi dan, thank you for the advice! I will try and use this and hopefully write a good one

            thank you, Ben

          • Matthew March 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

            hey dan,
            i’ve written a book and want to publish but don’t know how to! any sugestions?

          • Dan Freedman April 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

            Check out the Lighthouse Literary Consultancy…

  6. Vaibhav October 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Dan all the books in your series are spell bounding. I read kick off a while ago but then when i read shoot to win i just wanted to read more and more of your books. In the last four days i’ve read golden goal, man of the match and world class i was simply hooked. Just waiting on getting final whistle now.

    • Dan Freedman October 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Great, let me know what you think!

  7. Ollie October 30, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    What will the next book be called if there is one?

  8. Jamal October 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Dan I just read Final whistle i loved it i just wanted to know if you are making another one and if you are what will it be called

    • Dan Freedman November 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Great! Yes, just working on a book now – more news soon!

  9. Vaibhav November 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi Dan I’m really sorry i didn’t hear about the offer of the final chapter sooner. Is there anyway i can please enter?

    • Dan Freedman November 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Very sorry but the comp is now closed. We’ll run others though!

  10. Kieran November 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Am I the only one confused about the ending of “Final Whistle”

    So Jamie get’s booted in the head again I assume? Did he score? I guess he scored, but there’s so many questions that I’m so confused, Is he ok?

    • Dan Freedman November 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Good questions. What do you think?

      • wangchuk December 7, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        I realy enjoyed reading the book The Kick OFF. It is true what Steven Gerrard said”You’ll read this and want to get out there and play.”

      • piotr May 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

        Hey Dan are you making another book after the Brazil one?

        • Dan Freedman May 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

          Hope so!!

  11. kieran November 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    hi Dan i love your final whistle book but what happened in the ending?what will ur 7th book be called?

    • Dan Freedman November 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Kieran…well, I guess the end of Final Whistle is up to each of us to decide…the next JJ book I’m working on a secret…at the moment…but there will be more news VERY soon…dan

  12. sumsum November 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    hi i like a free book

    • Dan Freedman November 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Wouldn’t we all!

  13. mark November 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    i love ur jamie johnson series soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!

  14. Kyle November 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    when you finish you should make your books into movies. It will be like the next goal ( the movie )

    • Dan Freedman November 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Kyle – yup, it would be great! We’ll do our best! dan

  15. Vaibhav November 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Hi Dan. Like I said I just got Final Whistle recently. Late I know. But it really is spot on. I have really not read a better football book and I try to read any that there is. It’s brilliant i finished it the day i got it. I was wondering if you come to schools to talk about your books. Can you send me some details please. Price? Date?!!!!!?????

  16. Anas December 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Great! The Jamie Johnson series really inspired me and the next level for you dan is creating a movie. JJ is like a real life hero to me. If i become a football player just remember who inspired me. Dan Freedman and Jamie Johnson

    • Dan Freedman December 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Like it. I will. Good luck!

  17. wangchuk December 7, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Wish there was the Jamie Johnson’s series movie.

  18. Jayden December 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi dan
    I have hated books all my life but after reading ur first book i have read all of the series. i need to know more plz!!!! when does the next book come out????

    • Dan Freedman December 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      I’m hoping May!

  19. adam December 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    are u making a new book?
    and if so when will it out

  20. David December 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Dan, I’ve read all the books and is there any news of a movie or tv series coming out?

  21. Tyrone January 2, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    Dan, I’m a big fan I LOVE your jamie johnson books as they aren’t like the others where they make the player the best and perfect with like no flaws whereas you make jamie brilliant but than he has some flaws like his knee injury and his love for jack anyway could you please please I’m on my knees BEGGING make a movie about your jamie johnson series it would be great and a probably the best football movie ever made if you get the movie as good as the book

    • Dan Freedman January 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Tyrone,

      So glad you like the books. And, from what you email, you really seem to ‘get’ them. The flaws are what make Jamie real and interesting, both for me as the author and, hopefully, for you as the reader…we would love to make a movie about Jamie…friends of mine called ShortFormFilm have the movie rights and we will do out best!…Will keep you updated!

      Dan

  22. Tyrone January 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    That’s great news to hear I trust you will make a thrilling, exciting let alone award winning film, and I was really interested to ask as my friends and I were debating this question : If you could have any footballer to portray jamie who would it be ?

    • Dan Freedman February 2, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Brilliant question Tyrone! I guess, at the moment (and remember I have no idea of his acting ability!) I might say Gareth Bale…I think he would understand Jamie’s story very well…

  23. Edward January 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    PLEASE make the books into Movies. I love the books so much- and the films would be even better.

  24. Edward January 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Wow…
    Wow!!
    Skills From Brazil sounds amazing!
    Please make the Jamie books into a movie– they would be amazing!!
    Cant wait! Hope Jamie can lead Scotland to victory now, and have a relationship with Jack!!
    Hope it goes well.
    And by the way, all of the JJ series apart from Final Whistle have a cover with JJ on… I think that the design is better than the new one. Can you make Final Whistle and Skills From Brazil like the other ones please?
    Again,
    I am so so excited!!!

    • Dan Freedman February 2, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Cheers Edward! Hope you like the new book! The covers are something that the publishers decide but I’ll keep this in mind! dan

  25. Nathan_ronaldo January 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    dude im 14 years old and I love your Jamie Johnson books the are the best books I have ver read there like a drug if u read one your hooked. im a football player and I play the role of the winger like Jamie I relate so much to him my dream is to become a pro he has taken my game to the next level I have even started using the tricks from the book into my game thank you dan freedman

    • Dan Freedman February 2, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Cheers Nathan – that’s brilliant to hear…especially that it’s helped you with your football! Keep going and enjoy! dan

  26. Joe vecchione January 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Dan,
    I know loads of people have asked you this but I need to know, when will the next book in the jj series be released?? Want to get it so badly when it does, and if you are to make a movie I’m sure I’d be a good jj if u need lol
    Great series

  27. Edward January 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Cant wait for movie!

  28. Zain January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi Dan, I remember you came to the Edinburgh Academy last year and you signed a book for me! I wanted to ask is there a new book in the series coming out/ If so could you say when? Your books are my favourite but the only thing i wasn’t happy about was that JJ went to Barça instead of Real Madrid! (I’m a massive real fan) Haha just joking!

    • Dan Freedman February 2, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      Hi Zain – SKILLS FROM BRAZIL comes out in May! Hope you like it! dan

  29. Matthew February 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Dan- at my school we dress up as a character for national book day and i was going to go in as jamie Johnson! i was going to make the outfit on my sewing machine but i cant remember what color hawkstones strip is!?!?!

    • Dan Freedman February 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      Brilliant! White and black! Send me a photo!

  30. Matthew February 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    sure,
    is it stripes or hopped?
    or black shirt and white white shorts?
    or white shirt and black shorts?

    • Dan Freedman February 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      I imagine striped shirts but I haven’t specified…so up to you…

  31. Edward February 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    So, is there a movie coming out? If so, which book, and when? I think either Golden Goal, Man Of The Match OR w

  32. omar March 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    hi dan how about a school reunion or a charity football math in your next book
    p.s when jamie goes in for the header at the end of final whistle is the outcome positive or negative?

    • Dan Freedman April 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

      The end of Final Whistle is for you to decide. Love your ideas for new books by the way!

  33. Roshan March 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Dan i have loved all of your books.I have read all the jamie johnson books. could you give us a clue about what the new book is about

    • Dan Freedman April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      It takes Jamie back to when he’s younger…still at school…and the chance to learn brand new skills from the best…the BRAZILIANS…

  34. John March 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Hey mate. I’ve never been a fan of reading, but once I read Kick Off, I just had to read all of the series. Really love the books. When’s the next book coming out?

    • Dan Freedman April 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Delighted to hear that! SKILLS FROM BRAZIL is out in May!

      • Ismail August 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

        plz plz can you tell me if there will be another book after final whistle and if there is when will it be ?

  35. Edward April 14, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Hi Dan.
    You have said in recent comments that JJ Movies are coming out. If so, when and which ones? I think World Class is the appropriate one to do and would attract everyone, or maybe Man Of the Match- or, alternatively do the whole series! Whatever you do, I will be first in line to see it!
    BTW, can you do more competitions based on JJ because I have missed them both. :-(

    Ed

    • Dan Freedman April 15, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks! Nothing confirmed at the moment – but we are working on it! I’m going to do a book review competition around Skills From Brazil…

  36. mohamed y April 16, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    do you think you’ll write any more books p.s do you like messi

    • Dan Freedman April 26, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Yes to both!

  37. Brandon May 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Was it the end of Jamie Johnson at the end of Final Whistle? Did he die?

    • Dan Freedman May 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Ha! No, he didn’t die, don’t worry! And, no, it’s never the end…

  38. Katie May 18, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Dan I really enjoyed your Jamie Johnson books, will you be writing any more about what happened after the Real Madrid v Hawkstone? Please do I love your books!

    • Dan Freedman May 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks! Yes, I do hope to write more!

  39. Owen May 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Please Dan,can you make more jj books,your books got me really into reading

    • Dan Freedman May 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Great to hear! Will do my best!!

  40. Cameron May 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Hello dan pleeeeeeaaaaaaase can you write another book because I really liked all your books from kick off to skills from Brazil and can I pick what it is called please and I would love a movie sorry for wasting your time and asking so much questions I really loved your books please answer soon love cameron

    • Dan Freedman May 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      Thanks Cameron! You are not wasting my time! I write the books for you guys! I agree a movie would be great

      • Cameron May 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

        Please can the next book be called goal machine

        • Dan Freedman May 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

          Good idea!!

  41. Sam May 21, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Is there going to be a seventh book cos I would love that and I think u should make a movie on jj

    • Dan Freedman May 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Thanks Sam – I hope so…and I hope so…

  42. Naseem May 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi dan i just wanted to say that i’m football mad and your books inspire me to play football. I have read every one of your books and they are all awesome. Jamie johnson’s journey to the top has been so exciting to read and i just wanted to know if you’ll be making anymore in the future.

    Thanks

    • Dan Freedman May 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Thanks Naseem! I hope so!

  43. Ed May 28, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Dan!
    Today I’ve bought Skills From Brazil!
    Also today I’ve read Skills From Brazil!
    And, also today I’ve finished Skills From Brazil!

    Yep, I think SFB is one of the best JJ books. I finished it in 3 hours, and written a book review for the competition!! A lot can happened in 5 hours!

    And, right now, I am writing my very own Jamie Johnson book!
    It is one after Skills From Brazil, and JJ is back at Barca after shining on his loan move at Hawkstone.

    I have only done 3 chapters out of 45, but a lot has happened, including Jamie making a proposal to Jack, (Of which she accepted) Senor Godal praising Jamie, and JJ nabbing a brace on his return back to Barcelona.

    I am having it published, so, if you give me your address, I’ll be able to send it to you!

    I love the JJ books, and I think it would be a fantastic idea to make them into movies some time soon.

    Sorry for the long message and wasting your time..

    Ed

  44. Bob June 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi Dan could you pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaase tell me if there is a book coming out after skills from Brazil.
    By the way it’s great!!!!
    Bob
    Ps.love your books!!!

  45. Hashir June 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi dan!love your books.
    Hope you make one after skills from Brazil

  46. Ed June 28, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    Hi Dan!
    Today I’ve bought Skills From Brazil!
    Also today I’ve read Skills From Brazil!
    And, also today I’ve finished Skills From Brazil!

    Yep, I think SFB is one of the best JJ books. I finished it in 3 hours, and written a book review for the competition!! A lot can happened in 5 hours!

    And, right now, I am writing my very own Jamie Johnson book!
    It is one after Skills From Brazil, and JJ is back at Barca after shining on his loan move at Hawkstone.

    I have only done 3 chapters out of 45, but a lot has happened, including Jamie making a proposal to Jack, (Of which she accepted) Senor Godal praising Jamie, and JJ nabbing a brace on his return back to Barcelona.

    I am having it published, so, if you give me your address, I’ll be able to send it to you!

    I love the JJ books, and I think it would be a fantastic idea to make them into movies some time soon.

    Sorry for the long message and wasting your time..

    Ed

  47. Ajanthan July 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi dan. I really love your books and I’ve just finished reading Final Whistle. Surprised by the injuries Jamie gets into. Pleeeeaseee can u tell me if there is a book coming after final whistle and will u make the Jamie Johnson series into a movie series. That would be way cool and thanks for reading comment :) :)

  48. Ridwan July 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Hey Dan! you visited my school (Stepney Green) and gave me a football a couple a months ago. Anyway i wanted to ask you, when is your TV show about Jamie Johnson coming out.

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