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Meet Mitch Johnson

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an award-winning first class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, Mitch completed Kick, his debut novel for middle grade readers.

He was inspired to write Kick while working in a sports shop where he discovered a discarded, crumpled drinks sachet left in a shoebox between a brand-new pair of football boots. Mitch now works as a bookseller at Waterstones, Norwich, and writes in his spare time.

Like Budi – the hero of Kick – Mitch is a big football fan (although his chances of turning professional are considerably slimmer). Visit Mitch's website to find out more.

Mitch Johnson
Mitch Johnson

Kick – the debut novel by Mitch Johnson


Budi's plan is simple.
He's going to be a star.

Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes.

But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down...

A brilliant debut. John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

"My life is not like Budi’s. I do not know what it is like to go hungry, or to work in fear of violence, or to live next door to destitution. I have never set foot inside a sweatshop.

And yet, we also have everything in common. To have dreams, to search for happiness, to want a better life for your family – these are fundamental human traits that we all share. And when you focus on our inherent similarities – rather than the circumstantial differences that separate us – it becomes so much easier to see things through the eyes of others."

Mitch Johnson

Read the full Q&A with Mitch