Mitch Johnson is an exciting talent in children's fiction. Kick (Usborne), his debut novel, 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 and baby daughter. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing.

  • Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2018
  • Winner of the Mal Peet Children's Award 2018
  • Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award (7-11 Category) 2019
  • Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2018
  • Shortlisted for 7 regional Awards including the Teach Primary Book Award and the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award and the Summer Reading Challenge's Favourite Book of the Year 2017
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