Mitch Johnson is an exciting debut author, writing fiction for children and adults. After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an award-winning first class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, Mitch completed Kick (Usborne), a novel for middle grade readers.

Kick tells the story of Budi, a poverty-bound boy working in a Jakarta sweatshop, and his idol, Kieran Wakefield, the superstar Real Madrid footballer who earns Budi’s monthly wage in just 100 seconds. One unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down - now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life.

As well as writing, Mitch works as a Waterstones bookseller in Norwich, where he lives with his wife.

Accolades for Kick:

  • Summer Reading Challenge's Favourite Books of the Year
  • Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Ark Book Award 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Essex Book Awards 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards (Key Stage 2)
  • Longlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award
  • Longlisted for the Branford Boase Awards 2018



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