Review: Home Ground by Alan Gibbons Book Launch

By Katrina Paterson
On 11th May we had the honour of hosting two Alan Gibbons events, one in Sefton Park Library, and another in Norris Green Library. The events were both fuelled by Alan’s humour and his wit, telling children first off that a passport is rubbish and that with his passport he must pay for food, hotels, and his travel. Alan then showed them his book proclaiming it is a much better passport as all his travel, hotels, and food is paid for by this. The book in question is his latest story, Home Ground, which Alan discussed with the children telling them about seeing a team of young adult footballers the majority of whom were people seeking asylum.

Alan spoke about the importance of the story: a tale about a young white boy befriending two players off of the aforementioned team and building his own team with them, overcoming barriers and bullies along the way. Not only is the story an important one in this day and age, it has also had the privilege of being published in a universal way. Barrington Stoke, the publishers of Home Ground, stand on a firm belief that ‘Every child can be a reader’ and so the book has been catered accordingly with a dyslexia friendly font, accessible page layout, images to accompany the story, and cream paper too.

Following the events Alan accepted questions, many from budding authors and football fans, wondering about the publishing process or the origins of the story in more detail. Overall the event was a success, and I am sure Alan has made some avid readers out of the children in Sefton Park and Norris Green.