Ben Brooks - Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different - Quercus

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    • ISBN:9781787471986
    • Publication date:03 Apr 2018
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

By Ben Brooks
Illustrated by Quinton Winter
Read by Joshua Higgott and Thomas Judd

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A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.

Daniel Radcliffe, Galileo Galilei, Nelson Mandela, Louis Armstrong, Grayson Perry, Louis Braille, Lionel Messi, King George VI, Jamie Oliver... all dared to be different.


'This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different.' Benjamin Zephaniah

Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity.

But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.

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Biographical Notes

Ben Brooks (Author)
Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Berlin. He is the author of several books, including Grow Up and Lolito, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2015.

Quinton Winter (Illustrator)
Quinton Winter is a British illustrator, artist and colourist. He has worked for many clients including the Guardian newspaper, Walker Books, Gogglebox, 2000AD, Vertigo Comics, Mojo and the BBC.

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  • ISBN: 9781787476080
  • Publication date: 19 Apr 2018
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Feminist, disabled and LGTBQ+ pioneers feature prominently - it's a wonderful, wonderful bible for the 7+ crowd. — The Pool