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Byline: By DAVID HIMELFIELD News Reporter david.himelfield@examiner.co.uk

A TEENAGER has helped to produce and launchachildren'sbook in conjunction with a Premier League soccer club - and had it endorsed by Schools Minister Ed Balls.

Matt Massey, 18, formerly of Birkby, founded education company Tellatale with six other youngsters as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme in 2003.

The company, aimed at improving youngsters' literacy, numeracy and general knowledge, has nowbrought out its second book, Olly andMolly Discover Boro.

The book details the adventure of children Olly and Molly and magic monkey Bozo at Middlesbrough FC in the past, present and future. Illustrations were by Huddersfield University student and Tellatale partner Tony Tran.

Olly and Molly Discover Boro was made in conjunction with the soccer club and Middlesbrough Council, with mentoring from training provider A4e.

While YES businesses formally dissolve themselves after one year, Matt and his six business partners decided to continue their company.

Tellatale produced its first book, Olly and Molly Discover London, which received approval from Ed Balls and sold 1,000 copies in Wakefield schools.

Now Matt, who went to Fartown High School, and Tellatale are working on a third book, Olly and Molly Discover Space.

Matt, who now lives in Normanton, near Wakefield, said: "Hopefully the book will benefit children and get them interested in reading. "A4e were a tremendous help.

There put us in touch with Middlesbrough FC and gave us advice on marketing and promoting.

"Middlesbrough is a quite a niche market and we want to branch out, so we decided on the space theme for the third book.

"One day I hope to go back to Huddersfield and put the book in my old school.

"I'm proud Tellatale has gone to the next stage. I'm nervous, but optimistic about what's next and ready for whatever challenge comes."

Mr Balls said: "I was really impressed by their professionalism and I'm confident this won't be the last we hear of Tellatale."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Jan 17, 2008
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