Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SUPERKICKS _____ This is our new football series for children, TIME TO PLAY (Book #1) will launch later this year, and it's also our first co-authored collaboration ever, meet BENEDICT BOO

Since the early days of Super Cool Books, I've often been asked if we'll open up our publishing programme and work with other authors. We spent some time preparing for this last year, with our 100 WRITERS project, which brought local writers together and gave them some resources to develop their own story ideas and connect with an audience.

This month, I'm delighted to share that we're finally ready to release our first co-authored book series. SUPERKICKS is a new middle grade (upper primary) book series that follows a group of sporty girls and boys who compete to join a very special football training programme designed by an ambitious sports entrepreneur, Dr JJ Khan.

This series is published by the wonderful people at Marshall Cavendish. They've also created lots of wonderful illustrations throughout the book, which will really bring the football action to life for young readers everywhere. I'll post some illustrations soon, and also feature the talented young artists here.

We have lots of exciting updates about SUPERKICKS planned in the weeks ahead, but for now it's time to introduce my co-author for this series, BENEDICT BOO. If his name looks familiar, it’s not our first time working together, he was featured on this blog last year.

Here's a new interview with him below, and also more information about the series and the first book, which will be available in mid-October this year, just in time for your holiday shopping. As you'll see, Benedict is an avid football player himself, and for this project he brought to life all the passion, thrills and challenges that we associate with the game.

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, it’s time to play!

— D


Tell us about yourself ...
Hello! I'm your average guy who loves sports, because of all the adrenalin and endorphin, because of the fitter and healthier body and mind that I end up with, and because of the many lessons (about life) that I've derived from participating in team sports. I also love sharing these lessons, whether it is with my two sons or with students when I visit schools. To see the understanding showing on the faces and minds of these young people gives me great satisfaction.

What is the SUPERKICKS series about?
The SUPERKICKS series is really about the wonderful life lessons I have witnessed and experienced through the years while playing football. Lessons which I think are valuable in developing one's character, and can be best learnt when participating actively in a team sport that you're passionate about. I felt it would be wonderful to create an exciting book series around this, so that we can share the ideas with younger readers and sports fans. That's when I thought of my friend, Don Bosco, who is a master storyteller!

What was your experience like, co-authoring this book?
It was amazing. Just as in football, when each player plays in a position that he loves and is well versed in, there is so much synergy and positivity. Don is an amazing communicator and he makes light work of elucidating my ideas. I am truly enjoying this collaboration.

What plans do you have for promoting this series?
We want to reach out to schools, not just the football clubs, but all students whether girls or boys, because these lessons are applicable and important to everyone, not just those involved in football. And of course, the story itself is really entertaining and makes you want to be part of the action. We'll conduct talks and even organise simple competitions and team-building events. So that we can share the SUPERKICKS experience with everyone.

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Time to Play
by Don Bosco and Benedict Boo
Imprint: Marshall Cavendish Children
ISBN 978 981 47 7141 2

SUPERKICKS is a fun-filled, action-packed fiction series about a group of girls and boys who compete to join a very special football training programme —the Superkicks football school started by sports entrepreneur, Dr JJ Khan.

In this book, Lee Jin, captain of his school’s football team, tries his best to get his team into the Superkicks selection amid objections from his coach and school principal. Football is everything to him and it’s always been his dream to play it professionally — this could be his big chance. However, there is a mysterious girl in his school who might be a better player than him! What can Lee Jin do about the obstacles that stand in his way?

Don Bosco is an award-winning writer and publisher of thrilling fiction for young readers. He started the publishing studio Super Cool Books in 2011. His books include the popular Sherlock Hong Adventures series and the Lion City Adventures series. He has also been a speaker at creative writing events.

Benedict Boo is a sports enthusiast. He's passionate about promoting an active lifestyle, especially among the young. Besides marathon running, his other love is football. He plays regularly and is also coaching a team. He has been working in education and publishing for two decades. Creating this SUPERKICKS series is truly a dream come true for him.


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