Book 1 in my new Rugby Academy series.
The last place football-mad Woody wants to be is Borderlands School.
A British boarding school full of the children of armed service personnel, Borderlands is rugby-obsessed and football is a dirty word.
But Woody’s dad won’t budge on the school; a serious conflict has broken out in the Middle East and he is shipping out with the RAF any day. And once Woody sticks it out he discovers a talent he never knew he had, taking his school team to the National Schools Rugby Championships.
Published by Barrington Stoke.
Read from the first chapter of Combat Zone here.
Watch me read from Combat Zone and ask quiz questions soon here.
Awards & selections:
Rugby World magazine’s made Combat Zone their top rugby read for children in Christmas 2014 and gave it a 5 star review in January 2015.
“I love the first chapter of Combat Zone. ” Cameron
“Tom Palmer leads you through a tale of war, sport and friendship” The Guardian
“I thought it was excellent and it has been a hit with the kids. I love they way you deliver a great story within the Barrington Stoke formula – which works so incredibly well for so many kids. Your Football Academy is also really popular with our younger boys!” Alison Hewett, Junior School Librarian, Kristin School, New Zealand
Read New Zealand Librarian Ali Hewitt’s full review in her blog 100 great books before lunch here.
Combat Zone News
I launched Combat Zone at RAF Cosford with some very special guests: the children from Albrighton Primary School who gave me invaluable help in portraying the lives of children with parents in the Forces.
Combat Zone school visits
I can’t tell you how much the boys enjoyed Tom’s visit on Wednesday; he ‘pitched’ his talks at exactly the right level and the boys left the hall full of excitement and the reading bug. The adults present were hugely impressed by the subtlety of Tom’s message and it was a really great afternoon. Bickley Park School
Thank you so much for visiting us last Thursday to help us celebrate World Book Day. We all really enjoyed the day and there has been a real ‘buzz’ around the school ever since!” Ludgrove School
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