Marcus Rashford MBE is Manchester United's iconic number
10 and an England International footballer. In October 2020 he was
appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Marcus has committed himself to combating child poverty in the UK and his books You Are a Champion, You Can Do It and Heroes are inspiring guides for children about reaching their full potential.
Alongside his non-fiction, Marcus is also the author of the bestselling The Breakfast Club Adventures series, fiction books that aim to inspire a love of reading in children and show them that adventure can be found anywhere. ???????
Carl Anka is a London-born journalist and broadcaster who likes his tea with milk and one sugar. He has written for BBC, Guardian, VICE, NME, GQ and BuzzFeed among other publications online and in print and specializes in writing about pop culture, video games, films and football. Currently a reporter for sports media group The Athletic, covering Manchester United, he is the host of the Talk of the Devils podcast and is scared of talking on the phone.
Along with Marcus Rashford, Carl is the co-writer of You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be – a positive and inspiring guide for life for young readers.
Marcus has spoken for, and inspired, millions of children who are
from similar backgrounds to him, helping them to see that your
current situation does not have to determine where you are going.
That is so so powerful.
*Siya Kolisi, South African rugby captain and world cup winner*
It makes perfect sense that he [Marcus] should have written a motivational self-help book for kids (with Carl Anka). Conversational enough for the reluctant reader, but actually packed full of top-flight sports psychology and no little depth.
It’s down to earth, practical, and written with his trademark warmth and empathy. As he says: “When you believe in yourself, incredible things can happen.” Every young person should read this book.
[Marcus] shares life lessons and practical advice he wishes he had read as a boy, encouraging reading, hard work, team-building, confidence and humility. Enlivened with anecdotes, diagrams and silhouettes, this is clear, sensible and inspiring for any age.
*The Times, Best Children's Books for Summer 2021*
Written with journalist Carl Anka, this is an empowering read touching on the themes of building confidence, setting goals and finding your passion. Rashford starts the book by saying it’s one he wished he had growing up, and many adults reading alongside their children will agree with this sentiment.
a thoroughly enjoyable read for both children and adults alike.
An invaluable read for older readers as well as young football fans, this is a wry, moving, and memorable book for finding your way in the world.
There’s serious stuff here, but delivered in such an accessible manner that all children will relate to it.