Hachette Children’s Group has bagged a secondary school survival guide by headteacher and star of Channel 4’s “Educating Yorkshire”, Matthew Burton.
Laura Horsley, senior editor at Wren & Rook, secured world rights in a deal made with Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates. Go Big will be published in February 2020 under the Wren & Rook imprint, aimed at children ages 10 and over.
Its synopsis explains: “The first few years of secondary school can be challenging – with exams, peer pressure and all the extra stresses of modern life. Guided by headteacher Matthew Burton, who has nearly 15 years of experience in education, Go Big will help readers navigate all their worries, concerns and challenges as they progress into secondary school and look toward their future goals. Covering everything from exam stress, messy friendships, stressful homework and bullying, this book aims to guide readers through their worry-free journey.”
Burton said: “I’m so excited to be able to write a book that I really hope is helpful for young people approaching that ever so important time in their lives: the big move from primary to secondary school. As a headteacher, I am lucky enough to see the brilliant things young people do every single day, but I’m also there to help to ‘pick up the pieces’ when things go wrong. Go Big is about acknowledging that things can, and do, go wrong and making it clear that it’s absolutely normal. Not only that, though, it’s about giving children a ‘heads up’ about what’s to come, how to best prepare for it, what to do when it arrives, and above all, helping them to feel positive about the big move.”
Horsley added: “The jump to secondary school has never been easy but there are now even more pressures, anxieties and a complex modern world that students have to contend with. Matthew won the nation’s hearts when he appeared in Channel 4’s ‘Educating Yorkshire’, and I’m delighted to say he has brought that same warmth, humour and approachability to what feels like a very important school survival guide.”