Historical Fiction

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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.

I am also 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.

Click on the covers or the green links below to find out more:

DSC_0042Wings  – 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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Buy the books …

Wings 1 : Flyboy – AMAZON
Wings 2 : Spitfire –  AMAZON
Wings 3 : Typhoon – AMAZON

Over the Line

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ISBN 9780141323671

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.

Listen to the radio clip about Over the Line from Downlands School at Blandford Camp on BFBS radio

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

 

Rugby Academy

Rugby Academy
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.

Buy the books …

Combat Zone  –  Amazon
2 Surface to Air –  Amazon
DeadlockedAmazon

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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

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.

Contact Hull Libraries tel : 01482 300 300

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