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Spine-tingling, spooky football adventures – the past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think.
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Read this new story The Flying Prince, written for the RAF Museum Big Draw here.
Find out more about my role as RAF Museums Children’s Writer in Residence here.
Incredible Edible Story
Read a pdf version of this special children’s story, illustrated by Juliet Breese here.
Read my short story Call of Duty about a famous footballer today having to go to war here.
I’ve been using the World Cup to help promote literacy since 2006 (see here ) with spin offs like the Rugby World Cup, Euros, and last year’s Anne Frank Diary for the Women’s Football European Championships. Thanks to all the pupils and teachers for your amazing support!
Defenders:Russia was a live thriller set at the men’s football World Cup finals in Russia, from 14th June-13 July 2018.
- based on my new history series, Defenders more here
- FREE ten-minute read chapters for schools (Y4 – Y8) and families to read published 7.30 am each weekday morning
- written each night, influenced by the fixtures on and off the field
- print it, read out loud, put on whiteboards, share on devices …
- featuring dramatic cliffhangers, voting to change the storyline
- “word of the day” extra activity
Start a Reading Revolution in your school!
Defenders:Russia Dyslexia friendly version of all 1-22 chapters available here.
Our previous reading activities were downloaded nearly 500,000 times and used by tens of thousands of schools…
Read Foul Play:South Africa 2010 in full here.
Read Foul Play:Brazil 2014 in full here.
Read Over the Line:Euro 2016 in full here.
Read The Twickenham Trials:Rugby World Cup story in full here.
Read Foul Play 6:Rugby Six Nations in full here.
“Hi My name is Lucy Bakewell, librarian at Hill West Primary School, and I have been downloading Tom’s fantastic episodic story from the Literacy Trust website. I just wanted to drop him a line to tell him how brilliantly his story is going down at our school. Every morning I have children, particularly the boys, running up to me to check that I have downloaded and printed out the latest chapter of the story. The feedback from all the teachers is really positive, they tell me that it has really captured the boys imaginations and is encouraging them to read too!Please pass on my comments, congratulations and continued success.” Lucy Bakewell, SLA School Librarian of the Year
“The best time I remember from my primary school was when our teacher read the Foul Play World Cup Mystery out to us. I’ll never forget us all listening together every morning and worrying about what would happen to Danny if England won!” Kylie
Find out more about the National Literacy Trust.
The Character Strikes Back
“We are reading ‘The Character Strikes Back’ this week, and SO enjoying it! They love the cliffhangers each day and beg me to read on…”
“Reading Tom Palmer’s short story ‘The Character Strikes Back’ to my Y3/4 class was as delightful an experience for me as a teacher as it was for my young listeners, who truly learned the meaning of a ‘cliff-hanger’. Writhing in a delightful agony of suspense and anticipation at the end of each day, their desperation to find out what happened next informed many discussions and some marvellous predictions. Parents even called the school to find where they could buy the book their children couldn’t stop talking about!” Catherine Monaghan, Y3/4 Teacher, Middleham CE VA School
Maybe Football is Exciting – Charlotte’s Diary
“I just finished reading the Danny Harte story online (I read it all at once because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) I really really enjoyed it!! Thanks” Sophie
These new chapter stories are here in full for you to enjoy:
Read my special Squad story Black and White Op written to celebrate the launch of The Squad series for Newcastle Libraries here.
Commissioned by the British Council and Reading Agency’s ‘Chatterbooks’ project. With classroom resources. Read and listen to the story here.
More Literacy resources for all my other books are here.