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Marcus Rashford Book Club

Added 17 Jun 2022
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Welcome to the Marcus Rashford Book Club!

The Marcus Rashford Book Club is a collaboration between iconic international football player and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE and Macmillan Children's Books.

The Book Club aims to encourage and nurture a love of reading in children and get free books to the children who need them the most. 6% of children in the UK say they do not have their own book at home, which equates to over 400, 000 children in the UK (Book Ownership in 2021).

Marcus read his first book at the age of seventeen, and credits this with changing the direction of his life, which is why the Marcus Rashford Book Club has delivered over 100,000 free books to children living in the most disadvantaged areas.

"I only started reading at seventeen, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality. I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table."

Marcus Rashford


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Summer 2022 Book Club

The summer 2022 Book Club book is Marcus Rashford and Alex Falase-Koya’s The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence, illustrated by Marta Kissi. It is Marcus Rashford’s first fiction book for children!

When twelve-year-old Marcus kicks his favourite football over the school fence, he knows he's never getting it back. Nothing that goes over that wall ever comes back. But when Marcus gets a mysterious note inviting him to join the Breakfast Club Investigators, he is soon pulled into an exciting adventure with his new mates Stacey, Lise and Asim to solve the mystery and get his football back!


Classroom resources for The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence

We have partnered with the publisher Pan Macmillan and BBC Teach to create exclusive materials to accompany The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence.

These resources are suitable for use with pupils aged 9 to 11 - KS2: Years 4, 5, and 6, or Second level (Scotland) and are free for all teachers to download and use.

Not every child needs a copy of The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence to take part – the activities are all based around Chapter 1, which is printed in the children’s activity pack. To read more about The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence, visit Macmillan Children’s Books.

Resources comprise

  • An activity pack for every child in your class, full of high-quality activities based around The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence
  • A teacher’s pack with two exciting lesson plans, an overview of the book and curriculum links
  • Videos from the co-author Alex Falase-Koya and illustrator Marta Kissi

Download the teachers' pack and activity pack from the available files list on this page.

Watch the interview with co-author Alex Falase-Koya and illustrator Marta Kissi below, or on this BBC Teach page.


About the Book Club

At the heart of the book club is the ambition to get books into the hands of the children who need them most.

The support of publisher Macmillan Children’s and funding from KPMG UK has allowed 50,000 copies of The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence to be donated to schools participating in the Marcus Rashford Book Club, reaching thousands of children to spark a love of reading and raise literacy skills.

Another instalment of the Marcus Rashford Book Club will follow in autumn 2022, with KPMG funding a further 25,000 copies of a book to reach the children who need it most.

Previous Book Clubs

You can also access lesson plans, an activity pack and videos for the previous Book Club title:

Silas and the Marvellous Misfits by Tom Percival