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 a 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
Special Prequel. Born to Play
However, they are all written to also allow them to be read as standalone stories in their own right.
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?
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?
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…
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…
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.
“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?
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. In this special prequel, Jamie gets the once-in –a-lifetime chance to go to Brazil and develop his skills in a country where everyone is as football-mad as him!
Born to Play
The book that inspired the TV series!
A specially written prequel to the series … Jamie Johnson is having a tough time at school. The bullies won’t let him play football at break, his best mate is at another school and the weirdest kid in class won’t leave him alone. Right now, he needs his football skills more than ever …
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[quote style=”boxed”]Captures the realism of the game without losing sight of the magic that keeps us in thrall of the game[/quote]Kevin McCarra
[quote style=”boxed”]Drama you can’t beat[/quote]Sunday Express
[quote style=”boxed”]A must for junior football fans[/quote]The Observer
A video explaining how Wayne Rooney inspired Born to Play
Introducing Jamie Johnson…
I try to include a cool footy skill in every book, but it takes time to get it right! Download here
Work in progress. One of my early drafts – with lots of editor’s comments! Download here
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[quote style=”boxed”]He’s writing every reader’s fantasy[/quote]TheBookbag.co.uk
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