A. M. Dassu is one of just 10 authors chosen to write a special story for World Book Day 2023. Boot It! continues the story of Sami, whom we met in Dassu's award-winning debut, Boy, Everywhere. Sami and his new best friend Ali are desperate to make the school football team and have been practising their moves in the park. But they are shocked to come up against a team captain who says they don't belong on his team because the colour of their skin. Can the boys fight the racism in the changing room and win on the pitch, too?
Publishing on World Book Day, 2nd March, 2023, the book will be available from all major retailers for £1.00, or in exchange for the World Book Day voucher every schoolchild in Britain will receive, thanks to the team at the World Book Day charity and their sponsors.
Old Barn Books is incredibly grateful to an anonymous donor who has made it possible for us to take part in World Book Day for the first time, supporting the donation of up to 200,000 copies of the books nationwide, many to children who have never owned a book before and spreading the love of books to the next generation.
And once you've read Boot It! you'll be pleased to know there's more to come from Sami and Ali in Dassu's third novel for us, Kicked Out!, publishing in October 2023.