Marcus Rashford co-writes first fiction title for Macmillan Children's Books

Marcus Rashford co-writes first fiction title for Macmillan Children's Books

Marcus Rashford's debut fiction title, a middle-grade tale about a school breakfast club based on the Manchester United star's own childhood experiences, has been netted by Macmillan Children's Books.

The Breakfast Club Adventures will be co-written by Alex Falase-Koya, who won at Spread the Word's 2019 London Writers Awards for YA/children’s. The book will be highly illustrated throughout, with the illustrator to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Rashford's “fast-paced and engaging” foray into fiction will be published in paperback in May 2022, aimed at children aged eight to 11.

The publisher explained: “The Breakfast Club Adventures follows the incredible story of a 12-year-old fictional character called Marcus and his group of unlikely friends, who are thrown together at their school breakfast club. The action-packed book will draw on Marcus’ own formative and positive experiences at breakfast clubs as a child. He is passionate to bring that sense of joy and fun from his own memories to children today.”

It will also be the third title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club, which brings books to children who need them most. The club launched in June 2021 and previous books in the reader-recommended programme were A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, and Silas and the Marvellous Misfits by Tom Percival, both published by Macmillan Children's Books.

Samantha Smith, publisher of fiction, non-fiction and picture books, and Cate Augustin, senior editor of non-fiction and fiction, bought world rights from Kelly Hogarth at Thelma Gwen. Falase-Koya is represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at ASH Literary.

Rashford said: “I wanted to create something that really captured the true spirit of Breakfast Club. Outside of making sure we got the best start to our days with cereal, toast and juice, it was where my friendships were made. Where we could just lose ourselves. A safe haven. Breakfast Club was where some of my greatest memories were formed, where we talked about our dreams and where adventures were planned, and it was important for me that we captured that in my first fiction book. Alex is a great writer who is able to capture that brilliantly and I’m thrilled that he’s on this journey with me.”

Falase-Koya (pictured, right) commented: "I'm very excited to be working on this book with Marcus, and to be a part of the Marcus Rashford Book Club. Books changed my life when I was a kid, making me take a closer look at the things around me and taking me to worlds far from my own. I hope that this book gets the opportunity to do the same for other people. I can't wait until people get to read it!"

The publication of The Breakfast Club Adventures follows Rashford’s debut non-fiction title, You Are a Champion, which he co-wrote with Carl Anka. It has sold 180,050 print copies since late May in the UK through Nielsen BookScan and spent four weeks in the Children's number one spot.

Rashford has recently won the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author of the Year award and the FutureBook Person of the YearYou Are a Champion is this year’s W H Smith’s Book of the Year, winner of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Prize and has been shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year.

Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, m.d. of Macmillan Children’s Books, said: “We are really proud to have worked closely with Marcus this year to inspire so many young people with his book You Are a Champion. His new fiction will now introduce younger children to the power of reading and help them to better understand the world around them. And what could be better than a story that is based on his own personal experiences as a child?”

The new book will be supported by extensive national media and advertising, targeted digital and social media marketing, nationwide activities with schools and bookshop point of sale, Macmillan Children’s Books said.