Pre-Order: Baller Boys VS The Bulldozers
Best friends Shay and Frankie, and their team AC United, are back for another football season, another year older, and eager for a win… The duo soon realise that nothing ever stays the same, and change is a part of life whether they like it or not – both on and off the pitch.
With new team members, the threat of losing their precious home turf, and changes afoot in their family lives, can the boys work together to stay on track… and keep winning? And, of course, who will be crowned Baller Boy this season?
Following the adventures of the Baller Boys Book 1, Baller Boys VS The Bulldozers promises to continue encouraging and motivating children from all backgrounds.
Pre-order your copy now – The release date is 4th May 2023.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Venessa Taylor brings two decades of experience as an inner-city primary school teacher and assistant headteacher to create the Baller Boys series. Aimed at encouraging young boys to enjoy reading, the football-themed stories are written with young readers in mind. Born and raised in London, Venessa continues her legacy as a literacy lead through her stories.
One of her proudest career achievements was raising the standards of reading, literary engagement and attainment across the school, focusing on engaging boys and reluctant readers. Venessa researched and identified what students would respond best to in terms of content, characters and setting. She soon realised that what the boys wanted to read about was not readily available, so she took the challenge upon herself to inspire and encourage more young people – boys in particular – to read.
Venessa wrote the Baller Boys series to empower young readers, to reflect the diversity football brings to a community, and to showcase different families, lives and challenges.
Venessa continues to be inspired daily by her grandsons. The stories are dedicated to her son-in-law, ‘Coach Reece’, who died suddenly in 2017 – Reece Darcheville and his wife (Venessa’s daughter) Shenna were an integral part of the development of the story ideas, plot lines and characters.
With her family’s input and insight from the children she has taught, Venessa is proud to have crafted an authentic, original, inclusive series that she hopes all young readers will enjoy – in and out of school!
Venessa lives in Essex and is an ambassador for various leukaemia and cancer charities. Venessa was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2016 and is in remission despite being unable to find a donor.