Children’s anti-bullying novel for 8-12 year olds

‘We’re better without bullying!’


Hello! My name is Anita, welcome to my website.

In 2009 my children’s novel Matty-boy & The Secret Pigeon Racket was published, with the aim of encouraging children to tell a trusted adult if they are affected by bullying . This led to creating a campaign, to encourage Percy’s message into schools and youth groups, and raise funds for an anti-bullying charity in the UK.

If you are a knitter and would like to take part, you can download our Alan Dart’s Percy the pigeon knitting pattern, to either knit for yourself, or donate locally to schools or youth groups.

Matty-boy & The secret Pigeon Racket Review:

“Fantastic read. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Beautifully illustrated and well written.

I highly recommend this book that deals with bullying and its affects to everyone!”

What can you can expect from the story:                                              

‘Ever wished you could be a rock star?
Ever day dreamed about your team winning the cup or the league?
Ever wished that something magical would happen to you?
Matt is a lonely young boy, who uses his imagination to cope with the challenges in his life on a daily – if not hourly – basis.
Matt has been fostered into an eccentric new family the Joys, and has to change his home, school and friends once again. At theJoy’s he discovers and befriends Percy a scruffy, injured talking pigeon who has run away from his own family – the pigeon mafia – also known as the Secret Pigeon Racket.
Together they deal with issues of friendship, bullying, family and loss – and solve a royal kidnapping plot too!

Have you ever noticed a pigeon spying on you? No? Well take a closer look, you may be surprised!’


Like Matt, are you finding it hard to tell someone that you are being bullied?


© Anita Hunt