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Boot It!

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Written by: A. M. Dassu
Illustrated by: Zainab 'Daby' Faidhi
Publisher: Old Barn Books

Sami and Ali dream of playing for the school football team. They practise in the park every day and work hard on their skills.
But acing the trials is the last of the boys’ worries when they’re made to feel they don’t belong on the team because of the colour of their skin. Ali just wants to tackle the ball on the pitch. Now he’s being forced to tackle the racism in his team too.
But how can he, when he’s told it’s ‘just banter’?

From the award-winning author of Boy, Everywhere, a powerful story of friendship and booting out racism.

NB Please note Boot It! is in our Independent Readers category and therefore is not suitable for younger readers.

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    About the Author

    A. M. Dassu

    A. M. DASSU is the internationally acclaimed author of Fight Back and Boy, Everywhere, which has been listed for 25 awards, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal, is the 2021 winner of The Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction and is also an American Library Association Notable Book.

    She is a director at Inclusive Minds, which is an organisation for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature, and one of The National Literacy Trust’s Connecting Stories campaign authors, aiming to help inspire a love of reading and writing in children and young people.

    A. M. Dassu grew up in the Midlands dreaming of becoming a writer but studied economics instead and worked in marketing, Adult Basic Education and project management before realising her dream. She writes books that challenge stereotypes, humanise the “other” and are full of empathy, hope and heart.


    A. M. Dassu

    About the Illustrator

    Zainab 'Daby' Faidhi

    Zainab ‘Daby’ Faidhi

    Zainab ‘Daby’ Faidhi is the cover illustrator for Boot It!

    Los Angeles-based Zainab ‘Daby’ Faidhi is a conceptual artist, illustrator, animator and architect. She has worked on several award-winning film projects, including The Breadwinner and is currently art director assistant on the Merry Little Batman animated movie, with Warner Brothers.


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