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Jump! by J.G. Nolan
About The Book
Robbie Blair is a talented young schoolboy who dreams of being a professional football player when he grows up. He possesses the necessary skills but unfortunately is also set apart from the pack by his tendency to break bones – lots of them!
When Robbie breaks his leg for the third time during an important trial he is resigned to the grim reality that his footballing dream is finally over.
But, is it over?
Do we give up when everything goes south? Of course not, we fight harder to accomplish our dreams.
This is the story of Robbie Blair, a young boy that has a dream, being a professional football player, the only problem is that his bones break quite easily. So, when he brakes (again) his leg during an important match, he starts to think that his dream will not be possible…
I have to say that this is a book that we all should read; young and adults, a nice way to remember that we should never try to forget our dreams but try to fight for them with all of our strengths.
It’s so easy to fall in love with Robbie and want to hug him in his worst moments, at the same time it’s easy to see a little bit of ourselves in this character. The struggles to fight for his dreams but at the same time how everyone around him doesn’t think he will succeed.
Also, don’t worry if you don’t love football, it’s quite easy to connect with Robbie’s love for football and start loving and understanding it too!
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone; a beautiful story that will make you dream again.
Are you ready to “Jump!”?
About The Author
JG Nolan was born and raised in a sleepy village in Shropshire and loved writing stories and playing football as a child.
He has been a teacher for many years, working mainly with children who have had difficult beginnings in life. He strongly believes in positive thinking and feels most things are achievable if you put your mind to it.
When his football mad son, Robbie, was much younger, he kept breaking bones and was told by the doctors that he should never play football again. It was during one of his many lengthy stays visiting Robbie in the local children’s hospital that the idea for ‘Jump!’ drifted into JG Nolan’s mind.
JG Nolan began to read the exploits of famous, maverick footballers from the past, to inspire his son and give him hope. Whilst doing this, he became more and more drawn to the tales of famous Celtic legends from the 1920s, whose names are still chanted in Parkhead to this day. It soon became clear to him- his first book would have to be set in Scotland.
JG Nolan’s research led him to discover the iconic, ethereal, Cathkin Park.
After meeting Scottish actor Simon Weir, who has helped preserve the park for many years, the pieces of the jigsaw fell into place and ‘Jump!’ was born.
When JG Nolan’s son started on his long road to recovery and fitness, his determination to succeed reached the ears of famous local footballer Joe Hart, then at Manchester City. Joe very kindly sent Robbie some signed goalkeeper gloves to cheer him up during treatment. Robbie would eventually follow in Joe’s footsteps and attend the same secondary school in their home town, Shrewsbury. Years later, after Joe had transferred to Celtic, he was thrilled to be asked to read ‘Jump!’ and offered to write the foreword. A truly serendipitous chain of events!