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Christmas in Fiction : Resist

To accompany my Resist, here is an extra FREE Christmas story “Silent Night”

Audrey Hepburn’s childhood story of resistance in the Second World War against the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands inspired my book Resist.

Silent Night is an extra special short story I have written about Audrey’s secret Christmas mission, free to read below, but here’s a bit of background …

RESIST  :  One Girl’s Fight Back Against the Nazis 

Cover : Tom Clohosy Cole

Resist shines a light on the incredible work of the WWll Dutch resistance, in a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.

As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, life for ordinary Dutch people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is fraught with peril and hardship. There is very little to eat and the population lives under the constant threat of arrest and enslavement.

BUY THE BOOK

Find it at your local library, local independent bookshop, 
Waterstones and Amazon

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.  

Special Resist souvenir readers’ packs are available here. 

Now read the extra special short story below about Audrey’s secret Christmas mission

Watch me read the story
Print the story here

 

Find out more about Resist here

Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

Overseas :
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

Visit myAmazon bookshop or support your local bookshop HIVE

 

 

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30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

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Christmas in Fact : Football’s Greatest Moments

Read my 15th out of (in no particular order)100 Football’s Greatest Moments.  Lily Parr and Dick, Kerr Ladies football match on Boxing Day 1920 with the flip book below :

 

 

(You might also like to read my free chapter from Arctic Star on Christmas  Day 1943 here)

Discover the most memorable moments in football history in this new edition to the Ultimate Football Heroes series!  Featuring Pele’s World Cup, Maradona’s Hand of God, John Barnes’ Maracana magic, and the Lionesses’ European Championship triumph, this is an endlessly fascinating treasury of stories for fans of all ages.

Will you agree or disagree with what I think are the 100 most important moments in the history of the game?

Find out more here

Order a signed or dedicated copy personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot”  here.

Order from Amazon here


Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

 

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

Visit myAmazon bookshop or support your local bookshopHIVE

 

Schools bumper 35 book pack offer here

35 books
£190 saving £60 – over 20% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk.

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

 

 

Email me here for more information or use my contact form here to ask me a question.

Thank you.

 

 

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Christmas in fiction : Arctic Star

Use these resources this Christmas time based on Chapter 19 of Arctic Star.   

Find out how the young Royal Navy sailors celebrate Christmas Day 1943 aboard HMS Belfast in the Arctic Circle with dinner, carols and listening to the King’s Speech.

 

Christmas Resources:

Read chapter 19, Christmas Day on the Arctic Ocean, 1943 as a pdf here to share with the young people you work with or use the flip book below :

 

 

(You might also like to read my free chapter from Football’s Greatest Moments on Boxing Day 1920 here)

Christmas Blackout Poem Challenge here

Includes a how to guide, suggested extracts featuring the King’s speech on Christmas Day,  examples and a signed certificate.

 

 

Film of Tom reading Chapter 19 on board HMS Belfast this Christmas

Friday 1 December 2023 11am-Midday
Christmas History Special: WWII Arctic Star 80th Anniversary

Join me in a virtual event to commemorate & discover the 80th Anniversary of the WWII naval Battle of North Cape this December with Mr Dilly.

Launched 11am-Midday Friday 1 December and then available throughout December 2023.

More about Arctic Star

Book now FREE.

 

Book Trailer

 

For more Arctic Star resources and to find about how Tom researched and wrote it click here 

Buy the Book

Signed and dedicated copies are  available to order from my local bookshop here .With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

Also available from Waterstones, WHSmith , Amazon or support local bookshops through Bookshop.org.uk.  Available worldwide free delivery from Book Depository

Schools bumper 35 book pack offer here

35 books
£190 saving £60 – over 20% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk.

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

 

Email me here for more information or use my contact form here to ask me a question.

Thank you.

 

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Football’s Greatest Moments – Read Chapter 1

Find out more about my my first Ultimate Football Heroes book, Football’s Greatest Moments here

Soccer Diaries – Read Chapter 1

Find out more about Soccer Diaries staring Rocky Race, a British footballer looking to make it big in a US soccer school here.

Christmas History Special: WWII Arctic Star 80th Anniversary

Friday 1 December 2023 11am-Midday
Christmas History Special: WWII Arctic Star 80th Anniversary

Join me in a virtual event to commemorate & discover the 80th Anniversary of the WWII naval Battle of North Cape this December with Mr Dilly.

Launched 11am-Midday Friday 1 December and then available throughout December 2023.

More about Arctic Star

Book now FREE.

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Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

 

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

Visit myAmazon bookshop or support your local bookshopHIVE

 

Schools bumper 35 book pack offer here

35 books
£190 saving £60 – over 20% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk.

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

 

 

Email me here for more information or use my contact form here to ask me a question.

Thank you.

 

 

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Christmas Book Giving 2023

For over ten years I have asked teachers, TAs and librarians if they would be kind enough to nominate a child they think would benefit from the gift of a book for Christmas.

My family and I would like to do the same for Christmas 2023. 

 

The Christmas Books

Each book will be personally dedicated, signed, gift-wrapped and will come with a Christmas card from me.  The Christmas card will have this year’s exclusive illustration taking inspiration from one of my books by the wonderful Yorkshire artist James Innerdale.

I will send a personal Christmas card to each nominee and a poster pack for each school regardless of whether or not their application is sucessful.

 

The Children
Our idea is to work with schools and libraries to help us gift books to fifty children.  Short applications are invited from teachers, TAs and librarians, nominating children as follows:

  • who have had a difficult year at school or home in the hope that a book would be a boost for them
  • who do not have any books at home
  • who one special book might help engage them with a lifetime of reading for pleasure.

Applying teachers, TAs and librarians are also asked to select which of my books for children they feel is most appropriate.

Their Privacy
All nominations will be kept in confidence and it is up to you exactly how privately you wish to give the books over.

You will be under no obligation to disclose to the child why they are receiving the book or to present it to them publicly.

 

The nomination process for applying adults
If you’d like to nominate a child, please email the following information as follows to admin@tompalmer.co.uk by Sunday 26th November 2023: 

  1. the child’s name (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  2. a short paragraph explaining why you are nominating that child (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  3. your choice of book for them from one of my books listed at https://tompalmer.co.uk/about-tom/books-for-children/.
  4. your name and school address (where I will send the book)

We will respond ASAP to all applications as soon as we can on receipt.  My family and I will choose the recipients and notify all applying teachers, TAs and librarians of the outcome by the end of November and we aim to have the books dispatched to schools in the first week of December 2023.

I am sorry, we cannot promise to send a book to every child nominated. We have set an upper limit of 50.  But I will send a personal Christmas card to each nominee and a poster pack for each school regardless of whether or not their application is successful.

(For more information about special offer schools book packs, FREE signed bookplates and signed books to purchase as gifts see here. )

Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot”  here.

 

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang   

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers       

USA :  Indigo books

Visit my Amazon bookshop  or support your local bookshop HIVE

 

Schools bumper 35 book pack offer here

35 books
£190 saving £60 – over 20% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk.

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

 

 

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Remembrance Day 2024

This year’s Remembrance Sunday will be marked on 10th November, with Armistice Day on Monday 11th November 2024.

To help schools mark the occasion and link it to developing literacy in the classroom, I will be offering FREE resources for schools to use based around my books …

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My books about various sections of the Armed Forces

 

 

Angel of Grasmere is set at the start of the Second World War in Britain featuring the chaos of the British retreat at Dunkirk and the fear of Nazi invasion for a group of three village and evacuee children in the Lake District.

Since 2019 the red poppy has paid tribute to civilian victims of war and “acts of terrorism”, alongside the armed forces.

Resist is my historical story for children about the impact on a homefront civilian occupation in WW2, based on the real Dutch Resistance experiences of Audrey Hepburn.

 

 


My books about both World Wars and children of today’s serving members of the Armed Forces :  


More WW1 Literacy Resources are available from here: tompalmer.co.uk/first-world-war-literacy-resources/

  • First chapters of all my historical fiction books.
  • Be a Trench Runner memory challenge game for the school hall.
  • Black out poetry sheets with instructions and certificates.
  • 10 discussion points about war for Y5 to Y9.
  • Book cover prediction sheets with questions encouraging the children to think about what a book might be about.

 


More WW2 Literacy Resources are available from here: tompalmer.co.uk/second-world-war-literacy-resources/

  • Downloadable posters.
  • First chapters of all my historical fiction books.
  • Videos about the settings of my books, filmed at the Somme and on the D-Day beaches.

 

Here’s a recap of materials from 2023.

  • an assembly message for KS2 and KS3.  I will talk about the real First and Second World War soldiers, airmen and women and sailors that have inspired the characters in my books.  It is for use in the hall or for schools to stream throughout classrooms.

  • a signed certificate to present to pupils for any work relating to Remembrance Day Download here 

 

 

 

  • “The Barnbow Lasses” – a  FREE 3 part readaloud story with resources.  Download here. 

 

 

And you can read this great blog from Amy McKinlay, P1-3 teacher at Kettins Primary School …  How to make Remembrance Day memorable in the classroom – Scottish Book Trust

2022 Remembrance message about the  First and Second World War soldiers, airmen and women and sailors – from across the Commonwealth – that have inspired the characters in my books, particularly from India and Canada : 
My 2021 Remembrance message filmed from the Arctic Convoy War Memorial at Liverpool Parish Church

My 2020 Remembrance message filmed from my local war memorial about the real soldiers, sailors and airman who inspired my books:


Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot”  here.

 

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang   

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers       

USA :  Indigo books

Visit my Amazon bookshop  or support your local bookshop HIVE

 

 

Schools bumper 33 book pack
offer here

33 books
£194 saving £63 – over 25% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

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Autumn Highlights 2023

What’s on offer this term, Autumn 2023

  • NEW Rocky Race series
  • NEW Football Ultimate Heroes
  • Rugby Union World Cup
  • October starts Christmas Book Giving
  • November Remembrance Day 2023
  • December Christmas History Special Virtual: WWII Arctic Star 80th Anniversary
  • Christmas Arctic Star resources
  • January 2024 Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Spring Term Author visits
  • May 2024 New historical fiction preview

NEW Rocky Race series

Rocky Race, the sister of Roy of the Rovers – has a new spin off series kicking off on 28 September.

In Rocky Takes L.A. we join the combative British fourteen-year-old as she signs up for a summer soccer school in California.

Rebellion Publishing. 28 September 2023.

  • More about Rocky here
  • Read Chapter 1 here

 

NEW Football’s Greatest Moments.

This year I am branching out into non-fiction with my first Ultimate Football Heroes book, Football’s Greatest Moments.

Will you and your pupils agree or disagree with what I think are the 100 most important moments in the history of the game?

Dino Books. 12 October 2023

  • More about Football’s Greatest Moments here
  • Read Chapter 1 here

8 Sept-28 Oct 2023 Rugby Union World Cup

With the men’s Rugby Union World Cup being hosted by France in September and October, look out for my rugby-related competitions and resources linking rugby and reading.

·         More about my Rugby Academy children’s series here

 

 


November 2023 Remembrance Day Video Assembly

I am offering a Remembrance Day 2023 video assembly based around my children’s historical fiction.

I have written books for children set in both World Wars and about children of today’s serving members of the Armed Forces :

First World War Over the LineFlyboy and Armistice Runner

Second World War Resist, Spitfire, D-Day Dog, Arctic Star and After the War

21st century Armed Forces Typhoon, D-Day Dog

 

I have written books about various sections of the Armed Forces:

Royal Navy Arctic Star

Army Over the LineArmistice Runner and The Last Try

RAF Flyboy, Spitfire, Typhoon and Rugby Academy 

the Reserves and Paratroopers D-Day Dog

 


Starting 30 Oct 2023 Christmas Book Gifting

For the past ten years I have asked teachers, TAs and librarians if they would be kind enough to nominate a child they think would benefit from the gift of a book for Christmas.

My family and I would like to do the same for Christmas 2023.

  • Nominations open Monday 30 October
  • Please Nominate by Sunday 26 November 2023
  • More here

 


Friday 1 Dec 2023
Christmas History Special: WWII Arctic Star 80th Anniversary

Join me in a virtual event to commemorate & discover the 80th Anniversary of the WWII naval Battle of North Cape this December with Mr Dilly.

Launched 11am-Midday Friday 1 December and then available throughout December 2023.

·         More about Arctic Star here www.tompalmer.co.uk/arctic-star/

·         Book now FREE.


Christmas 2023 Arctic Star Resources

Christmas Day on the Arctic Ocean is the subject of chapter 19 of Arctic Star.

Watch me reading it aboard HMS Belfast

Read the chapter online

Take part in my Christmas Blackout Poetry Challenge.


ADVANCE NOTICE SPRING 2024

 Author Visits

I am available for in-person and virtual author visits with a focus on creative writing, sports, reading and writing about history.

·         More about my author visits here www.tompalmer.co.uk/schools-librarians/author-visits/


Holocaust Memorial Day Saturday 27 Jan 2024

Free Holocaust Memorial Day resources suitable for every school to use in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day produced with the National Literacy Trust.

We will be offering a range of free resources for Key Stage 2 & 3 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day including a virtual assembly with a Holocaust Survivor.

 


May 2024

I will have a new children’s historical fiction out.

 

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Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

 

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

Visit myAmazon bookshop or support your local bookshopHIVE

 

Schools bumper 35 book pack offer here

35 books
£190 saving £60 – over 20% discount
FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk.

 

Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount

FREE DELIVERY & SIGNED BOOKPLATES

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote

 

 

Email me here for more information or use my contact form here to ask me a question.

Thank you.

 

 

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