There's Only One Danny Ogle | Helena Pielichaty


Age range: 8+ Price: £3.99

There's Only One Danny Ogle | Helena Pielichaty book cover

What's it all about?

A boy called Danny who moves from a large junior school in a town to a small village school. It's bad enough leaving all his friends behind, not to mention his gran who takes him to football matches at the McAlpine, but when he finds out his new school doesn't have a school team, he thinks his life is over. Of course, it's really only just begun...

'I liked it best when the statue's tinky winky fell off'
Kelly Louise Gresswell, The Mount C of E primary School

'This is a story with many different themes. The main subject of football is intertwined with social issues such as changing schools, making new friends and new beginnings. Written from nine year old Danny's very witty viewpoint it is a highly amusing read.'
County Clare Library

Where did the idea come from?

I used to teach at a school called Besthorpe Primary School near Newark which was, and I think, still is, the smallest school in Nottinghamshire. There were only 26 pupils on role when I was there. I loved nearly every minute but trying to teach Games was so difficult because there weren't enough children of a similar age to get a team going.

Read about Danny's favourite team, Huddersfield Town, on their website:

There's Only One Danny Ogle is no longer available as a stand-alone book. The good news is you can still read it in Football Mad a bumper book of football stories. As well as 'There's Only One Danny Ogle' there are two football stories by Alan MacDonald and one by John Goodwin.

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