I am really proud to have written the following dyslexia-friendly books for Barrington Stoke.
- Over the Line
- Secret FC
- Ghost Stadium
- Rugby Academy 1 : Combat Zone
- Rugby Academy 2 : Surface to Air
- Rugby Academy 3 : Deadlocked
- Wings 1: Flyboy
- Wings 2: Spitfire
- Wings 3: Typhoon
This Barrington Stoke blog explains how they are dyslexia friendly.
“an excellent book that hits the button for all young footballers” Judith Sanson, Chair, Board of Directors, Dyslexia International
“I have just read the book in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down!! I’m no football enthusiast but the story rings so true. I have worked with severe dyslexics and know the shame some of them experience. Wonderful that you are creating literature for boys that is exciting, age appropriate but simple to read. Keep going!” Barbara Lowe, Hampshire Dyslexia Association
“I have passed this on to our centres and will recommend it to students. I would like to wish you well in your good work.” Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive Officer, Dyslexia Action
“Reading the Game by Tom Palmer is a story about a young dyslexic boy who loves football. This is a fast moving story aimed at engaging the reluctant reader. ” Anne Powell, Medway & Mid-Kent Dyslexia House Association www.medwaydys.org/html_pages/literacy/reading_pleasure.html
In Deadlocked, the main character, Owen is 15 and a struggling reader. Owen’s teacher gives him a book to read during the long flight from London and he has a churning worry “that he wouldn’t be able to finish it.”
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.” Bookbag
- special layout to tackle visual perceptive issues, with carefully calculated spacing, unique Barrington Stoke font and irregular line lengths for better navigation
- page orientation locked to portrait format and a minimum screen size (iPad Mini or above) for optimum readability
- a sliding reading ruler to help readers track their way through the books.
- tinted backgrounds to replicate the effects of the coloured filters used by many children with dyslexia and visual stress
- at present Tints is only available on iPad but they are working on an Android version.
for The Guardian here.
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