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Release date: May 28th 2020


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-9162864-0-5


Number 1 Amazon bestseller

Winner of the People's Book Prize 2021 'Best Children's Book'

Shortlisted for The Diverse Book Awards 2021

Amazon Teachers' Pick 2021


'A fantastic read'

Alex Wheatle MBE, author of Home Girl 


ABOUT: Shay and Frankie are best friends and football crazy! They eat, sleep and breathe football all day (even when they're at school!). They dream about playing football, love a kick-about in the park, watch all the big games on TV... all that's missing in their lives is the chance to play for a real football team. All Cultures United is the best club around for miles and all the footie fans want to play for them... including Shay and Frankie. Are they good enough to impress Coach Reece at the AC United trials? Can their friendship survive the competitiveness of football? Will they ultimately fulfil their goal to become Baller Boys?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Venessa Taylor brings two decades of experience as an inner-city primary school teacher and assistant headteacher, to the creation of the Baller Boys series. Aimed at encouraging young boys to enjoy reading, the football-themed stories are written with young readers in mind. Born and raised in London, Venessa continues her legacy as a literacy lead, through her stories.


For more on Venessa 

Twitter: @VanessaTwrites

Instagram: @ballerboysbooks


Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

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