As well as featuring sport, my books are also set in key KS2 & 3 history periods including :
- Iron Age Celts – Read Defenders : Pitch Invasion
- Roman Britain – Read Defenders : Dark Arena
- Vikings and Anglo Saxons – Read Defenders : Killing Ground
- Medieval England – Read Secret FC
- First World War – Read Flyboy & Over the Line
- Second World War – Read Spitfire
Links into a KS2 history theme:
- Iron Age Celts
- Roman Britain
- Vikings and Anglo-Saxons
Spine-tingling, spooky football adventures – the past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think …
Medieval England -Secret FC
Lily, Maddie and Zach discover and reenact the early game of football from medieval England. But is that enough to convince their new headmaster to lift his ban on football?
Buy the book …
Secret FC Amazon
First World War – Over the Line
A powerful historical novel about one footballer’s experience in the First World War.
Read more about Over the Line here.
Visit Reading War for teacher’s resources and posters here.
Buy the book …
Over the Line Amazon
“A gripping story which which draws on both the horrors of WW1 and the power of football.” Mumsnet
“I am using Over the Line as a group reader – it’s really engaging some of our reluctant boys” Teacher, Harcourt Primary School
“Over the Line deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf.” Helena Pielichaty
First World War – Wings:Flyboy
Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation – flying his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik’s WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace.
I am proud to be the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residence.
“Tom is the RAF Museum’s Writer in Residence. His close relationship with the museums and his obsessive eye for detail mean that I was not at all surprised that his Wings books are both highly authentic and hugely exciting. These are Biggles books for the 21st century.” Phil Clayton, Education Office at RAF Museum
First World War – The Last Try
Commemorates the life of Jack Harrison, the Hull FC hero killed in the First World War.
Illustrated by James Innerdale.
Published by Kingston Press.
Buy the book … Contact Hull Libraries tel : 01482 300 300
Second World War – Wings :Spitfire
“A succinct but well-written and engaging story, reminiscent of The Great Escape. “ The Bookbag
“Exciting and naturally there is a Spitfire to build” Bookwitch
If you like these you might like …
My latest series, Rugby Academy, was inspired by children of serving RAF personnel, and I used their input to get life as a Service child right. In the first book of this series, Combat Zone, football-mad Woody finds himself stuck in a rugby-obsessed British boarding school, as his dad is being deployed overseas.
Wings : Typhoon
Maddie and Jess have an out-of-body adventure when they find themselves strapped into the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter plane amidst present-day conflicts in the Middle East.
“It’s a great read aimed at 8 to 10 year olds and is a stereotype-breaking brew of the supernatural, football, fighter jets and the relationship between two sisters.” That Boy Can Teach Blog