Secondary Schools Outreach Event

Launch of the GBF Secondary Schools Outreach Programme, June 2018


The Greenwich Book Festival team is excited to be launching our inaugural Secondary Schools Outreach Programme this June. Previously our Schools Day has been focused on local primary schools so we are very pleased to be able to offer an outreach event to selected local Secondary schools this year. The event includes an author talk with rising YA star Muhammad Khan, the winner of a John C Lawrence award for a book deemed to improve race relations, followed by a Q&A session and book signing.  We hope to be able to offer more schools the opportunity to take part in our GBF Secondary Schools Outreach Programme in 2019.


Book info:
GBF Secondary Schools Outreach Event:

Author talk, Q&A session and book signing with author Muhammad Khan

Author: Muhammad Khan

Book: ‘I am Thunder’ (Macmillan Children’s Books, Jan. 2018)



About the Author: Muhammad Khan is a maths teacher in a secondary school in Tooting and takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and will be studying for a creative writing MA next year at Roehampton.


Book Synopsis:

‘I promised myself this time would be different. I would stand up for myself.’

Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is used to being invisible. So no one is more surprised than her when Arif Malik, the hottest boy in school, takes a sudden interest. But Arif is hiding a terrible secret and, as they begin to follow a dark path, Muzna faces an impossible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak out and betray her heart.

I Am Thunder is the debut novel from stunning YA voice, Muhammad Khan, which questions how far you’ll go to stand up for what you believe.



‘An uplifting, empowering novel with hope at its heart’ Observer Children’s Book of the Week

Funny and clever – a perspective long overdue in British fiction’ Alex Wheatle, Guardian prize-winning author of Crongton Knights

This one is special . . . punches well above the weight of most debuts’ The Times

‘This assured, hopeful debut feels unprecedented and essential’ Guardian

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