Bookzilla Book of the Month competition: Northern Soul by Phil Earle

Competition type: Children's and Young Adult

Start date: 01 February 2024, 09:00

Closing date: 29 February 2024, 23:59

Genre: Fiction, Humour
Age group: 12-14, 15-18
Topics: Competitions
Northern Soul book cover

We have five copies of Northern Soul by Phil Earle to be won, thanks to our friends at Barrington Stoke! All you need to do is answer the question at the bottom of the page. Entries close at midnight on Thursday 29 February. All entrants must reside in the UK and full terms and conditions apply. You can check out our competitions page for other giveaways. To find more great reads for children and young adults, download the Bookzilla book finder app.

About Northern Soul

Marv is a perfectly ordinary 14-year-old boy. He loves nothing more than football and hanging out with his best mate. Then, with the arrival of a new girl in his class, Marv's world explodes as he falls instantly and hopelessly in love with her. The trouble is, Marv doesn't know how to handle this feeling – he can barely put one foot in front of the other when she's around, let alone strike up a conversation.

When Marv comes home via his Dad's outdated record shop, he's struck by the smooth, soulful voice of Otis Redding playing from the next room, seeming to express everything Marv is feeling inside. He wishes more than anything that he could ask Otis what to do, and how to get his crush to notice him. But when Marv is visited that night by a Northern, ketchup-stained reincarnation of Otis Redding, promising to be Marv's love guru, he gets more than he bargained for! Otis coaches Marv in the art of romance – with some hilariously disastrous results...

Northern Soul is a truly original book, full of moments of genuine cringe that perfectly capture the agony and awkwardness of trying to impress your first love. Phil Earle's masterful storytelling will have you guffawing, grimacing, and updating your playlists with some excellent soul music.

About Barrington Stoke

Based in Edinburgh, Barrington Stoke is an award-winning publisher with 25 years of experience of pioneering super-readable, dyslexia-friendly fiction to help every child become a reader. From the specially designed font to the colour of the paper, accessibility is at the heart of everything they do.

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Which musician appears to give Marv love advice?

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