Northern Soul

Cover of Northern Soul by Phil Earle

Northern Soul

Phil Earle
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A hilarious and heart-warming story of first love for readers aged 12+

Older readers will find so much to relate to in this dyslexia-friendly novella by one of our favourite contemporary children's authors

First love is heartbreaking! But this story of one teenage boy's disastrous attempts to win the heart of the cool girl at school is witty, wise and super accessible. Perfect for young teens and reluctant readers.


Marv’s fourteen and his life is simple. There’s football. And his best mate, Jimmy. Perfect.

Nothing else matters until a new girl at school called Carly crashes into his life. For Marv, it’s love at first sight, his emotions flipped upside down, as he knows a girl like Carly will never notice him.

He needs help – lots of it – but when it miraculously arrives in the shape of a musical idol from the past, the path to Carly’s heart proves anything but easy …

First love is unforgettable, and poor Marv is about to learn this the hard way – him, and his northern soul …

Phil Earle is the author of several books for children, including the multi award-winning When the Sky Falls. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and five children.

Number of pages: 104
Reading age guide: 12 to 14 years
Publication date: 4th January 2024
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
ISBN: 9781800902039
Format: Paperback

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