Over the Line was my first fictional book set during wartime, based on a real soldier in the Footballer’s Battalion in the First World War. I have also written a contemporary series, Rugby Academy about children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces. My new Wings series features children flying the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon.
“Over the Line deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf.” Helena Pielichaty
I am proud to be the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residence. In the lead up to the Royal Air Force centenary in 2018, I will be working with the museum’s visitors to help them get the best out of their experience. You can find out more about that here and here.
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Wings – New series for 2016
Wings is about four children at a football summer camp near an old airfield, who find themselves propelled back in time.
If they can learn how to fly the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon, history will lead them on a flightpath home to the present.
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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
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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The Last Try
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.
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