Wings Series

DSC_0042The Wings series is about four children at a football summer camp near an old airfield.  They mysteriously find  themselves propelled back in time.  Only if they can learn how to fly the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon, will history will lead them on a flightpath back to the present.

“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 authentic and hugely exciting. These are Biggles books for the 21st century.” Phil Clayton, Education Office at RAF Museum 

Find out more about the three books in the Wings series here:
1 Flyboy
2 Spitfire
3 Typhoon

Read the first chapters by clicking on the covers below:

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  Wings-Spitfire-03  Wings-Typhoon-02

Buy Books 

Wings 1: Flyboy     buy-from-amazon   Wings 3: Typhoon  buy-from-amazonWings 2: Spitfire    buy-from-amazon   Wings Set                   buy-from-amazon

“Typhoon is 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

Guided Reading

This pack is full of different literacy ideas for the classroom, library or at home.

Hopefully, there will be something to help literacy take off for every child.

Download your pack here

 

Awards & selections:

2016 Wings: Flyboy –  is on Leicester Libraries ‘The Big Friendly Read book list for children’

2016 Wings: Flyboy is on the longlist for the Leicester Our Best Book award 2017.

flyboy reviews“Wings: Flyboy is a wonderful, warm tale. Stories highlighting the diversity of Britain’s troops during both world wars are rare and this one deserves a wide audience.  It is a cracking read.” Bali Rai

“Flyboy is like a cross between ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Alex Rider’. I liked the book because it was spooky. The main character is Jatinder and the story is about World War One. It’s a total page turner! I think it is an amazing book. It attaches you to it straight away on the first sentence.” Kamran Mustfa Lovereading4kids

 

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More information in the Wings Presenter here.

“Football meets fantasy in Tom Palmer’s phenomenal Wings Trilogy” lovereading4kids

Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel

Models

Each book comes with a simple model plane you can make yourself!

The Wings series feature:

  • the famous Ace flyer Hardit Singh Malik from the First World War
  • female pilots
  • the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon
  • airshows
  • flight simulators
  • RAF museums
  • making model aircrafts

“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 authentic and hugely exciting. These are Biggles books for the 21st century.” Phil Clayton, Education Office at RAF Museum 

Wings posters, click on the images below:

Wings take to the skies   Wings take to the skies 2   Flyboy  Spitfire  typhoon

 

Writing Wings

rafraf typhoonI wrote the books with help from RAF Museums as their children’s writer in residence  in the run-up to the RAF’s 100th anniversary in 2018.

The books were inspired by me and my daughter making an Airfix kit of a Lancaster Bomber two summers ago.

Read my blog about setting it here. 

Visit my pinterest page about how I was inspired to write about the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon

Read Wing’s illustrator David Shepherd’s blog here.

Watch my short Wings vlog.

 

Wings 1: Flyboy

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ISBN 9781781125359

Jatinder seems to be living his dream – he’s training for his team’s youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther are really great. But something’s holding Jatinder back from being a really great footballer – himself. Steve reckons it’s OK to take risks – look at his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik. That night Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation – flying Hardit’s WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

“Such a thrilling children’s book with a Sikh character at its centre!”
Sikh Education Council

CZKpLT2UgAEL5-pRead the first chapter of Flyboy here

Illustrated by David Shephard

Published by Barrington Stoke

More about Flyboy here

Wings take to the skiesBuy the books

Wings 1: Flyboy     buy-from-amazon

Wings 2: Spitfire     buy-from-amazon

Wings 3: Typhoon  buy-from-amazon

Wings Set                   buy-from-amazon

 

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