Rugby Academy Series

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.

Rugby AcademyFifteen Boys
Three Tournaments
Only One Game

Rating: 5/5 Rugby World

“a book of depth as well as excitement”    Julia Eccleshare

Illustrated by David Shephard.

Published by Barrington Stoke

Video interview about the Rugby Academy series

Click on the covers below for more information:

Combat Zone    Surface to air    Dead Locked

rugby academy seriesBuy the Books

1: Combat Zone  buy-from-amazon
2: Surface to Air  buy-from-amazon
3: Deadlocked      buy-from-amazon

Awards & selections:

cov2016 Rugby Academy : Combat Zone  is a finalist for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award 2016!

 

scottish-book-trust-reading-challenge

2016 Rugby Academy : Combat Zone  is on the Scottish First Minister’s Reading Challenge 

 

Well done Jack Leclercq!  

Jack LeclercqJack is 8 years old and about to go into grade 3 at Western Province Preparatory School in Cape Town, South Africa.  He has read all the Rugby Academy books so we were delighted to send him a special certificate.

Play!

Each book comes with special player cards in the cover.
You can play Top Trumps with the full set of player cards here.
And look out for my special author cards!

player cardstop trumpstom player card

 

Itrialsf you missed any chapter from The Twickenham Trials during the Rugby World Cup , they have been compiled here.  More here. 


nz Deadlocked posterLiteracy Resources

Go here for posters, reading quizes and more.

There are also special Welsh & New Zealand resource web pages.

MTom Palmer Rugby Paper Adeet me!

I’ll be visiting lots of UK libraries and festivals this summer.  More here.

 

 

Forces Families

reading force flyerMy 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.

I am currently working with Reading Force who promote sharing and talking about books with children in British Armed Service  families.  You can find out more about that here.  I  launched Reading Force at Le Cateau School in North Yorkshire, and managed to get the Head Teacher playing football in the school hall.  Find out about the Reading Force Roadshow here.

I am the RAF Museum children’s author in residence

Reviews

Rating: 5/5 “pacey, but also thought-provoking … This is just the thing to whet the appetites of rugby-mad primary school children at the start of the World Cup year.” Rugby World 

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

Rating: 5/5 Read Book Bag’s  5 star review here.

“Tom, your books gave a real flavour of the game for dyslexia sufferers using kids who had real problems of their own to contend with.  I really did think that Owen not being a great reader was a stroke of genius: that’s something that kids with dyslexia will be able to relate to.  Superb.”

deadlocked review

The Record, Speld NZReview by teacher Wendy Klyen and Nathan Jordan (11) in SPELD NZ’s The Record

 

 

 

Rugby Paper review

Read New Zealand  Librarian Ali Hewitt’s full review in her blog 100 great books before lunch here  

“Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service, sends him off to a new school where rugby is worshipped, he is sure he is going to hate it. But things turn out very different! Far from hating it, Woody’s natural sporting talent soon leads him to enjoy the new sport – and to shine at it! How Woody adapts to the new game and the new sport is deftly interwoven with a sensitive portrait of the special pressures felt by the children of those in the armed services making it a book of depth as well as excitement.” Julia Eccleshare Love Reading for Kids

“Tom Palmer didn’t know a great deal about either rugby or the RAF before he started writing this book… but he did extensive research into the sport and into what it’s like to be in an RAF family. The result is impressive. It’s realistic: men fighting in a combat zone are in danger and it doesn’t always work out as you might hope, but this point is dealt with sensitively. I was glad that Palmer didn’t dodge the issue.” Bookbag

“That new Rugby Academy book looks brilliant! I will definitely be reading the whole series.  I’ve already read the first chapter of your new book, it’s amazing and I will tell my mum, in October we will have to buy it! ” Sam

“Just read the first chapter of Rugby Academy! Great , the students are going to love it!” Teacher, Kingsway Park High School 

rugby boys

Children's Author