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    • ISBN:9781526361332
    • Publication date:19 Apr 2018

You Are Awesome

Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything: The Number One Bestseller

By Matthew Syed

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This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults.

SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

"A very funny and inspiring read! Brilliantly practical with a wide variety of examples that make it relevant for both boys and girls (and adults)!" - Amazon Customer

"A truly inspiring book for the younger generation!" - Amazon Customer

"Genuinely funny and engaging. There are messages in this book for both adults and children. It's a must read." - Amazon Customer

"An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how." - Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults.

I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar?

If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to?

You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything.

Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Also available: The You Are Awesome Journal. Whether setting out your goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, you'll love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal - it's the perfect companion to You Are Awesome!

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  • ISBN: 9781526361158
  • Publication date: 19 Apr 2018
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Wren & Rook
A great book for anyone who wants to learn about how they can realise their true potential. — The Week Junior
This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help children build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults - it is a must read. — Julia, LoveReading4Kids
Great book for young children about determination resilience self confidence. — Philip Neville @philipneville18, Instagram

This motivational book is ideal for sharing with any youngster who might need a little bit of a confidence boost, especially if they are struggling with school work or sports.
They will learn that by practising again and again, they can do anything their heart desires.

— The Sun
A must for any parent, I'm learning loads from the Ping Pong Guys new boom. — Andrew Flintoff @aflintoff11, Instagram
Grab yourselves a copy folks, this is wonderful and insightful. #youareawesome #2daystogo #childrensbooks — Giles Paley-Phillips @eliistender10, Instagram
I think this book is awesome. It is easy to read and very gripping. The things it teaches you are great life skills that can be applied to almost everything. The fact that it is written in a fun jovial manner make it easy to read even for people who aren't big readers. — William, age 12, Lovereading4kids
I loved this book. Easy to read and easily relatable. Even my dyslexic son who isn't a fan of reading has read it. It is a page turner and so positive. It really encourages children to be the best at whatever it is they want to do in life. — Lindsey (William's mum), Lovereading4kids
I loved this book. 'You Are Awesome' really builds your confidence and shows you how the right mind-set can help you achieve your dreams. I learned so much from this book. It shows that you have to be brave, prepare for failure and have self-belief. A definite must read for anyone who wants to achieve more with their lives and build their confidence. — Ella, age 13, Lovereading4kids
The book made me feel more confident in everything I do, and I think it can help other children, too. It makes you think about making up new rules when old rules don't fit, and think about things from different angles to find solutions. The book explains that working hard helps you in achieving your goals, and is really inspiring. I loved it! — Toby, age 10, Lovereading4kids
I was a bit reluctant to read the book as I normally only read story books.My dad persuaded me and said it would help me with my football and it would help me to be braver at trying new things. I enjoyed the book and think I can use some of the ideas like challenging my elastic brain! I will use this book again and again and think I will now try new things when asked as a result. If you are a bit nervous or unsure of trying new things then I think you should read this book and it will help you to try and be awesome! — Ethan, age 10, Lovereading4kids
I read this book after my 10 year old son had finished it. The book is a great read and I think it is something that will really help him develop and progress as he grows. I have also taken on board some of the advice and think it will help me as well as my son. I would urge every parent to get this book and to learn that everyone can be awesome! — Ian (Ethan's dad), Lovereading4kids
I loved this! The book was so inspirational in many ways that I loved, it made me laugh - like digging that hole to Australia, that made me chuckle. I loved the bit about the block running track, and how Matthew smashed his brother's record! Definitely a 5 star rating! — Libby, age 10, Lovereading4kids
As a mum of four girls of quite varying ages I have seen over the year the pressures that have mounted on children to be perfect almost without even trying. They wanted to grow up to be on X factor or stars of Youtube like Dan TDM who got rich playing games with seemingly no work involved. This is why I loved this book so much, it shows you that no one is really an overnight success, it peels back the curtains on the efforts you have to make to succeed and most of all it promotes active confidence in the abilities you have instead of endlessly comparing yourselves to others who have it so much better (on the surface!). I loved seeing my daughter race through this book and become inspired to be the best version of her that she could be and work smarter, not harder. It is for any child who might be feeling that everyone is getting places except them, who doesn't feel good enough and challenges the thing that holds you back (mostly your own insecurities). I loved this book and Libby cannot wait to take it into school and share it with her classmates. — Rachel (Libby's mum), Lovereading4kids
This book is AWESOME! This book has boosted my confidence! The book also ties in with the National Curriculum. My school talks about having a Growth Mind-set a lot! I give this book 5/5 and recommend it to 8+ children. I also think that adults and teachers should read it too! This book will boost your confidence at home and at school. — Daniel, age 10, Lovereading4kids
'You are Awesome' is a really good book, it teaches you to be really positive and look at life a bit differently. My mum and I read through this book together and we both really liked it. It's not like most other books I've read that are either stories or facts. Mum thinks my brothers should read it as well as they are in year 10 and 11 doing their exams soon. — Bella, age 10, Lovereading4kids
'You are Awesome' is a fantastic self-help book for kids. My husband and I have constantly referred to having a positive mental attitude, whilst bringing up our children and strongly believe success comes through hard work. 'You are Awesome' backs this up completely. The main message that with hard work, dedication and the right mind-set children will achieve is such a positive message. The chapter on failure is fantastic also, reminding the reader that they will mess up but this is okay. This book is positive and empowering and there should be copies in all school libraries. — Krissy (Bella’s mum), Lovereading4kids
I loved the book because it was written by someone who had worked hard to achieve his dreams, so he knew what he was writing about. I loved the way the book was written in a way kids understand, it was funny and spaced out with pictures. My best bits were the examples of great people who had failed. It's made a difference to the way I approach my school work and I am sure I will go back to it again' — Oliver, age 10, Lovereading4kids
I liked the book because it made me think about alternative positive changes I could make to my negative ways of thinking e.g.: I am not so good at sport, how could I do better rather than think I am rubbish all the time? I loved the famous people bit. I found the examples inspiring. The book was very easy to read and I liked it a lot. — Emily, age 15, Lovereading4kids
I think this book is really good. I have two different types of children one with a more positive mind-set than the other. For both it has been helpful but more so for my ten year old son who struggles with believing he can achieve things if they don't happen straight away. This book is written in such a way that he can relate to it and laugh at the same time. There is humour as well as knowledge and it's separated by amusing pictures. My son has got a lot out of the lessons learnt by those that have gone before him and failed and made him realise he can achieve things with hard work. I think this book will be one that the kids will dip into in those times when they are struggling with stuff at school and out of school and one I would certainly recommend to friends. — Katie (Emily and Oliver’s mum), Lovereading4kids
This book was awesome - just like it says on the front cover. — Jamila, age 9, Lovereading4kids
Change your life this summer(or at least crank it up a bit) with this exhilarating self-help book by the Times writer Matthew Syed...to be read by children and their parents for an XL confidence boost. — The Times
It's funny and packed full of good tips on how to think differently about things. If you're in need for a little push in the right direction, this book is for you! — First News
An inspiring, uplifting read. I wish I'd had it as a kid. — Dermot O'Leary
An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how. — Professor Carol Dweck
'You Are Awesome' brings the enlightening writing of Matthew Syed to a younger audience. This is no flowery self help book. It is a carefully plotted narrative journeying through accessible evidence for the younger reader and inspirational examples of the benefits to the acquisition, for children, of a growth mindset. It is engaging, humorous and relevant for all young people. Destined to become a staple read for children at home and school. — Will Smith, Director, PiXL
I read 'YOU ARE AWESOME' in one go, and then read it again! It answered so many questions I had about how to get better at some of the things I struggle with. It has stories of how others have been successful and makes you feel that you can do it too. After reading 'YOU ARE AWESOME' I've changed how I approach difficult things. I've told all my friends to read it! — Freddie, age 10
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The You Are Awesome Journal

Matthew Syed, Lindsey Sagar, Toby Triumph
Contributors:
Matthew Syed, Lindsey Sagar, Toby Triumph

Find your way to awesome with this brilliant toolkit of goals, plans and challenges! Boys and girls everywhere have been discovering that they can be awesome thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he's created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. Because, with the right mindset, you really CAN do (almost) anything, whether you want to supercharge your maths, try out for the team or be the first person to walk on Mars. Whether setting out their goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, readers will love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who dreams big - and who wants to make those dreams come true.Praise for YOU ARE AWESOME: 'Great book for young children about determination, resilience, self-confidence.' - Phil Neville, former England footballer and head coach of England Women'I have lost track of the number of people recommending YOU ARE AWESOME by Matthew Syed. An accessible, practical approach to helping kids develop a growth mindset.' - The Bookseller'An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how.' - Professor Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University'Grab yourselves a copy folks, this is wonderful and insightful.' - Author Giles Paley-Phillips'I read YOU ARE AWESOME in one go, and then read it again! It answered so many questions I had about how to get better at some of the things I struggle with. It has stories of how others have been successful and makes you feel that you can do it too. After reading YOU ARE AWESOME I've changed how I approach difficult things. I've told all my friends to read it!' - Freddie, age 10'I loved this book. YOU ARE AWESOME really builds your confidence and shows you how the right mindset can help you achieve your dreams. It shows that you have to be brave, prepare for failure and have self-belief. I will definitely be using some of the principles in this book to tackle some everyday challenges and other bigger ones too. A definite must read for anyone who wants to achieve more with their lives and build their confidence.' - Ella, age 13

Adam Bushell

Adam is a former teacher who turned his hand to writing full time in 2007. He has written both adult teaching guides and children's fiction booksand is often touring shcools and libraries and running creative writing sessions. He lives in Durham.

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger, Wayfarer and The Darkest Minds series, which is available throughout the world in over fifteen languages. After selling her debut novel in college, Alex worked in children's publishing for several years before leaving to write full time. She now lives in Arizona, where she was born and raised. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @alexbracken

Amy Lamé

Amy Lamé is a writer, broadcaster, activist, and performer.She co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBTQ+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Amy is the 2014 recipient of the Free Derry Pink Wall Award for her work for LGBTQ+ civil rights.Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. Originally from New Jersey, she has been a proud Londoner for over two decades. She currently serves as the Mayor of London's first Night Czar, overseeing the city's thriving night time economy and culture.

Andy Glynne

Andy Glynne is a double BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, clinical psychologist and author. He is the Founding Director of DFG - the Documentary Filmmakers Group - the UK's national organisation to promote innovation and talent in documentary filmmaking. Andy is also Managing Director of the production company Mosaic Films. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning documentaries both in the UK and across the world, and has spent much of his career working with, and mentoring, new and emerging filmmakers.

Anita Croy

Anita Croy has written numerous books for children, mainly about ancient and modern history and the geography of Asia and the Americas, where she has travelled widely. She lives in London with her young family.

Anita Jones

Anita is married with three children and one gorgeous grandchild. She loves reading and travelling, and lives in Solihull. She's had a unique and interesting career path including PA/Secretary, Project Manager, IT Consultant and Teacher. She also owned and ran a newsagent's shop for three years.She's a founder member of a small local writers' group who meet once a month to discuss their writing projects. She also loves to sing and is a keen member of Solihull Pop Chorus who've sung at various concerts and by special invitation at a prestigious inauguration event at The Mansion House in London. They recorded a charity CD in November 2016 at Abbey Road Studios in aid of Help Harry Help Others.

Anita Loughrey

Anita Loughrey was a primary school teacher for seventeen years before becoming a full-time writer. She writes teacher resources, educational fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of subjects for a wide range of publishers with over 85 books published in the UK and many more worldwide. She writes for the national writing magazine Writers' Forum and teaches creative writing.Anita's favourite toy as a child was the typewriter she wrote her autobiography with at the age of ten. As nothing exciting ever happened, she made most of it up. Her interests include writing, reading children's books, knitting, jive dancing and camping with her family in their VW campervan. She reckons there is nothing better than sleeping under the stars and cooking in the great outdoors, as long as it isn't raining.

Anna Claybourne

Anna Claybourne has written over 150 children's books on all kinds of subjects, from sharks, black holes and splitting the atom to how to draw, Shakespeare's life, and Greek myths and legends. She knows a lot about conservation in the rain forests of Costa Rica as she once volunteered there for three months. She likes space, sewing and music, plays the trombone and loves going camping.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor lives in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. She studied Environmental Sciences at Southampton University before becoming a science editor and writer at London's Natural History Museum. She is author of more than 100 children's information books and encyclopedias on science, natural history and geography.

Beatriz Castro

Beatriz Castro was born in La Rioja, Spain in 1985. When she was a little girl, she was always drawing and writing stories. She studied illustration at the school of arts in her home town, Logroño. After graduating, she embarked on a career as a professional illustrator and has since been published by many international publishing houses. She especially enjoys creating funny characters. Beatriz likes animals, classic stories and fairy tales and listens to rock and punk music.

Bex Hogan

Raised on a healthy diet of fantasy and fairy tales, Bex Hogan has spent much of her life lost in daydreams. Initially she wanted to train as an actress, but quickly realised her heart belonged to storytelling rather than performing, and soon after started creating stories of her own. A Cornish girl at heart, Bex now resides in Cambridgeshire with her family.

Brita Granström

Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.http://www.mickandbrita.com Selection of Franklin Watts books:The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.

Charlie Farley

Charlie Farley grew up by the sea in North-East Scotland, where he spent his days reading, writing and day-dreaming. Charlie has always been inspired by nature, and much of his writing is influenced by the landscape and animals of Dorset, where he lives with his wife, four children and two dogs.

Chris Chatterton

Chris Chatterton began his career in graphic design and animation, working on a variety of projects including Dr Who and CBBC's The Dumping Ground. Chris' passion for illustration then led him to pursue a career as a freelance artist, illustrating a number of children's books including Ten Minutes to Bed, Little Unicorn and Supermarket Gremlins. Originally from County Durham, Chris now lives and works in the basement studio of his house in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, the books of the Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms, and the companion books The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales and The Curvy Tree.

Claire Heuchan

Claire Heuchan is an award-winning black feminist writer who blogs under the name Sister Outrider. She writes on subjects including race, power, identity and sexual politics and her work has been featured in several publications including 404 Ink's Nasty Women.

Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller.Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now' magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

Darren Chetty

Darren Chetty taught in London primary schools for twenty years before becoming a Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education. Darren's award-winning research focuses on philosophy for children, multiculturalism and racism. He is the author of the essay 'You Can't Say That! Stories Have to be About White People' in the British Book Award-shortlisted anthology The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla.Darren reviews and writes about children's literature for Books for Keeps and is an educational consutant. He co-hosts, with Ty and PoetCurious, a Hip-Hop talk show on Soho Radio, and, since 2011, has convened the "UK #HipHopEd"Seminar Series for artists, teachers, activists and academics with an interest in the relationship between education and Hip-Hop culture.