By Steven Camden
Macmillan Children’s Books

In his mind, Ferran Burke is many things – a comic collector, a vinyl connoisseur, an Air Jordan enthusiast – but to everyone else he is just Emile Burke’s little brother. Now, Ferran is stepping into the new world of high school alone and needs to learn quickly how to survive. New allies. New enemies. New feelings. New passions.

A time capsule coming-of-age story spanning five years of one boy’s life
as he navigates the chaos trying to find himself.
Friends. Fights. Family. Food.
Playing with form and visuals throughout
Stand Up Ferran Burke is a verse novel
as unique as the boy at its heart.

About the author

Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, is an award-winning author, an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, poet and storyteller from Smethwick, near Birmingham. Since first stepping on stage in 2004, he has performed, presented and led creative projects globally – from Manchester to Melbourne and from Kuala Lumpur to California. He writes novels, plays, screenplays and poems celebrating his mixed heritage and the amazing people he grew up with, placing his participatory practice and use of story in educational and community settings at the core of all his work.

“I’m chuffed to be included in Big City Reads this year. Stand Up Ferran Burke is my most autobiographical story, so to have it recognised and appreciated feels lovely. Thanks.”

– Steven Camden, Author of Stand Up Ferran Burke

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