Wings Series

DSC_0042Jatinder, Greg, Maddie and Jess are 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

“Your books are still massive favourites with the boys especially the Wings series.” Birkdale School

Read the first chapters by clicking on the covers below:
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Certificate

Read all 3 books and get a signed certificate.  Tell me here if you’ve read the whole series and you can receive a special signed certificate.

“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

Awards & selections:

flyboy reviews2016 Wings: Flyboy – was nominated for Leicester Libraries ‘The Big Friendly Read book list for children’

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

“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

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Wings 1: Flyboy                       Wings 3: Typhoon  

Wings 2: Spitfire                       Wings Set                   

The Wings series feature:

  • the famous Ace flyer Hardit wings presenterSingh 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

Click for more information in the Wings Presenter here.

“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 

Models

Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel

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

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

RAF centenary Colouring Sheet

New colouring sheet of the great RAF planes featured in my children’s series Wings – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon – to mark this year’s centenary of the RAF.  Download here.

 

Guided Reading Resource

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

 

“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

Wings posters

Click on the images below:

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

Translations

The Wings series have been translated into Swedish. More here. 

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 here 

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     

Wings 2: Spitfire     

Wings 3: Typhoon  

Wings Set                   

 

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