Historical Fiction

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As well as featuring sport, my books are also set in key KS2 & 3 history periods including :

 

NEW Defenders

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?

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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.

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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 Flyboy Hardit & Jatinderauthentic and hugely exciting. These are Biggles books for the 21st century.” Phil Clayton, Education Office at RAF Museum 

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Wings 1 : Flyboy – AMAZON

First World War – The Last Try

ISBN 978902039251

ISBN 978902039251

Commemorates the life of Jack Harrison, the Hull FC hero killed in the First World War.

Illustrated by James Innerdale.

Hull Daily Mail article here

Published by Kingston Press.

Buy the book … Contact Hull Libraries tel : 01482 300 300

 

Second World War – Wings :Spitfire

Greg starts making an airfix model aWings-Spitfire-03nd the next thing he knows, he’s in the cockpit of a Spitfire, being forced out of the sky by a German pilot!

“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

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Wings 2 : Spitfire –  AMAZON spitfire illustrated

 

 

 

 

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Rugby Academy

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.

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With Albrighton Primary School

Read my blog here about working with Albrighton Primary School to write Combat Zone. 

Rating: 5/5  “A realistic story for the tween boy which looks at changing from football to rugby and what it’s like to have a parent fighting in a war zone.”    Book Bag

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

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