Best-selling author visits Harrogate High School

1 February 2013

Best-selling children’s fiction author Dan Freedman visited Harrogate High School on Thursday 24th January to talk about his writing career and to encourage students to fulfil their own ambitions.

Having previously worked with the England Football Team, Dan has now written the series of Jamie Johnson novels, which follow the young prodigy as he strives to make it as a top star.

The series has been endorsed by Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Defoe and Gary Linekar. Dan’s books have proved extremely popular with football fans of all ages.




Dan talked to year seven, eight and nine students about his experiences in football, how he became an author and he gave advice to the students about their own aspirations. He finished the day by signing books for the students.


Learning Resource Centre Manager, Jane Benham said:

“Dan’s books are some of the most popular in the Accelerated Reader Program and there was great excitement amongst the students leading up to his visit.  They were enthralled to hear about his journey from starting as a budding football player, achieving success as a sports journalist and how he became an accomplished children’s author. Dan proved an inspiration to our students.


Dan Freedman said:

It has been a great day coming to Harrogate High School. Seeing students who love to read your books, as I have here, is what I do it all for – after all they are my bosses as I write for them!

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