The debut children’s book by Manchester United FC striker Marcus Rashford will be distributed to 50,000 children from the economically weaker section.
The book titled The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beats Beyond The Fence is a story about a 12-year-old Marcus who receives a mysterious note inviting him to join the ‘Breakfast Club Investigators’. He is drawn into a journey in which he must solve amazing mysteries in order to get his football back.
The Marcus Rashford Book Club, run in partnership with KPMG, The National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Book, will distribute them in the economically disadvantaged areas of the UK.
The book, co-written by Falase-Koya, will help children “escape from environments that can be quite challenging and find the joy of reading.” The club has now distributed 1 lakh free books to children.
Rashford’s latest book is inspired by his own adventures growing up and is aimed at eight to 12 year olds. After the distribution of the 50,000 books, the club also plans to donate 25,000 units of a book whose title has not yet been announced.
“Growing up, books were always a refuge for me and a place where my imagination could be ignited. The ability to give that to more kids is amazing, which is why I think the Marcus Rashford Book Club is such a great project,” Koya said in an interview with Bookseller.
Speaking about the Marcus Rashford Book Club initiative, Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, MD, Macmillan Children’s Books, said: “Since we started working with Marcus to promote reading pleasure, 170,000 children and young people in the UK will have a free The MCB book by 2021 and 100,000 books have been specially donated through the official Book Club initiative.”
Previously, the book club distributed A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri and Silas and the Marvelous Misfits, by Tom Percival.
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