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If you’re aged between 11 and 14 I recommend you pick up Dan Freedman’s ‘Unstoppable’… You should definitely check it out.

A thrilling page-turner about the causes of knife-crime while offering solutions and hope.
The Times
The Times
Children’s Book of the Week

It’s very, very good.
Alan Shearer CBE
Former England Captain

Never mind Shakespeare, this should be on the syllabus for every young person in the country to read.
Dr Mark Prince OBE
Dr Mark Prince OBE
Former World Boxing Champion

It's bloody brilliant. If you know a boy or girl aged 10-14ish, they will laugh. Cry. And more importantly....think.
Alex Stone

With overriding messages of hope, compassion, doing the right thing and staying true to yourself, this is an absolute galáctico, Grand Slam winner of a novel.

Sometimes in my job I come across a certain book that is going to make a difference. Unstoppable is one of those.
Anne Underwood
Senior Librarian, Northwood School

Whilst reading ‘Unstoppable’ every single emotion passes through you. I got this book on a Friday, it was finished on that same day.
William, Year 7 Student
St Gregory’s School, Kent

Definitely the best book I’ve read. Real inspiration to young and upcoming footballers and I recommend it to anyone that can read it.

Red, 10, says he loves how they never give up, and they change, it is one of his favourite ever books. Thank you!
Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews MBE
singer, songwriter, author, and broadcaster

This is a special book. The best I’ve read in a long time.
Rhian Brewster
Liverpool FC and England U21 player

Unstoppable is one of those books all kids should read. It offers a really honest conversation about difficult issues like knife crime, gangs and adversity.

Unstoppable touches every aspect of a teenager’s journey within elite sport. It’s a must-read for all Academy managers, coaches and scouts. I would also highly recommend it to young players hoping to make it in the professional game, as well as their parents.
Les Reed
Technical Director, The Football Association

I really enjoyed it. I’ll be passing it onto our young players to read as it epitomises what we preach at Burnley about the importance of being a good person as well as a good player.
Jack Higgins
Head of Education, Burnley Football Club

A must-read story for all sporty kids in Year 6 and above. I’d also recommend it to coaches, teachers and parents interested in the mindset, challenges and development of top young athletes.

The themes tackled in the book are very relevant and link into the pressures that many current Year 6s may come up against in the future. The book would be a fantastic springboard to facilitate important conversations to be had at this age, which would come too late if it's put off for too long.
Stoke Poges Primary School
Ameena Gamiet
English Teacher, Stoke Poges Primary School

This book feels very authentic. I would be particularly recommending this to those who have fallen away a bit from reading because they don’t identify with characters in other books. I think so many will identify with these.
Society of Authors
Dawn Finch
Chair of the Society of Authors' Children's Writers and Illustrators Group committee

I inhaled this book over a weekend - the characters, the story, the setting are all working together to keep you hooked and it's wonderful. I've already recommended this to several 12/13 year old lads. Highly recommend.

I can’t give enough praise to the book, it keeps you on the edge all the way through. Just when you feel nothing else can happen there’s a new twist to the story. The book also deals with the current issues of gang culture and knife crime which is a hot topic in most schools at the moment. I enjoyed Unstoppable so much that I have actually read it twice, and literally didn’t want the story to stop.
Aldridge School
Harbans Kaur
Librarian, Aldridge School
Dan Freedman

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Dan Freedman


Creator of the Jamie Johnson books that have been adapted for the hit BBC televsion show.


Dan gives engaging talks to schools, academies, football clubs and corporations across the UK.


Partnerships include Premier League Primary Stars, Wicked Young Writer Awards and Youth Sport Trust.



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