My latest children’s book – After the War- is about the three hundred child concentration camp survivors who came to the Lake District nearly 75 years ago (who were known as the Windermere Boys).
And I am currently writing Arctic Star. The title refers to the Arctic Star medal that was awarded to British and Commonwealth forces who served on these ships north of the Arctic Circle during the Second World War, in recognition of the reality that service on the Arctic convoys was entirely different from other tours and was characterised by particularly severe conditions, described by Winston Churchill as “the worst journey in the world”. More here.
I have written many children’s books set in key KS2 & 3 history periods . Find out more about my historical books for children by clicking on the covers below, try a chapter at Free Reads, watch videos of me reading here or visit my Bookshop. Thank you.
- Iron Age Celts – Read Defenders : Pitch Invasion
- Roman Britain – Read Defenders : Dark Arena
- Vikings and Anglo Saxons – Read Defenders : Killing Ground
- Medieval England – Read Secret FC
- First World War – Read Flyboy & Over the Line & Armistice Runner
- Second World War – Read Spitfire , D-Day Dog , After the War and Arctic Star – out May 2021
Pre 1066 – Defenders series
Three fast-paced thrillers written to help engage children with exciting historical details from the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking periods.
Spine-tingling, spooky football adventures – the past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think … Links to KS2 history themes:
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Medieval England -Secret FC
Lily, Maddie and Zach discover and reenact the early game of football from medieval England. But is that enough to convince their new headmaster to lift his ban on football?
First World War – Armistice Runner
My award-winning children’s book about a thirteen-year-old cross country/fell runner called Lily and her great great grandfather, a champion fell runner before he became a trench runner during the last weeks of the First World War.
A powerful historical novel about one footballer’s experience in the First World War.
Visit Reading War for teacher’s resources and posters here.
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“A gripping story which which draws on both the horrors of WW1 and the power of football.” Mumsnet
“Over the Line deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf.” Helena Pielichaty
Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation – flying his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik’s WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace.
I am proud to be the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residence.
“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
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First World War – The Last Try
Commemorates the life of Jack Harrison, the Hull FC hero killed in the First World War. Illustrated by James Innerdale.
Published by Kingston Press.
Second World War – After the War
After the War is about the three hundred child concentration camp survivors who came to the Lake District nearly 75 years ago (who were known as the Windermere Boys). 10% of author royalties will be donated to the Lake District Holocaust Project.
More about After the War here.
Second World War – D-Day Dog
Jack can’t wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. It’s his chance to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired – brave men like his dad, who is a reserve soldier. But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper. On 6 June 1944, Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen – and Jack is determined to discover their fate …
Second World War – Arctic Star
Winter 1943. Teenagers Francis, Joseph and Stephen are Royal Navy recruits on their first mission at sea during the Second World War. Their ship is part of an Arctic convoy sailing to Russia to deliver supplies to the Soviets. The convoys have to navigate treacherous waters, sailing through a narrow channel between the Arctic ice pack and German bases on the Norwegian coast. Faced with terrifying enemy attacks from both air and sea, as well as life-threatening cold, gales and pack ice, will all three boys make it home again?
Second World War – Wings:Spitfire
Greg starts making an airfix model and the next thing he knows, he’s in the cockpit of a Spitfire, being forced out of the sky by a German pilot!
“A succinct but well-written and engaging story, reminiscent of The Great Escape.” The Bookbag
“Exciting and naturally there is a Spitfire to build” Bookwitch
And if you like these you might also like …
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.
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Maddie and Jess have an out-of-body adventure when they find themselves strapped into the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter plane amidst present-day conflicts in the Middle East.
“It’s 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
Buy the book … here