Summer Term News 2024

What’s on offer this term, Summer 2024

  • NEW Angel of Grasmere NEW historical fiction preview
  • Book now! Online events
  • Meet Me! In person events
  • 6 June 2024 D-Day 80th Anniversary – read D-Day Dog and free resources
  • 17 June 2024 Refugee Week
  • May 2024 new audio books
  • Summer 2024 NEW Rocky Race Soccer Diaries
  • Autumn Term Author visits

NEW Book!

Angel of Grasmere:from Dunkirk to the Fells
By Tom Palmer Published May 2024 Barrington Stoke.

July 1940 – Tarn struggles to come to terms with the loss of her beloved brother in the chaos of the British retreat at Dunkirk and she and her friends scour the hills around their Westmorland home, watching for any signs of the long-dreaded Nazi invasion.

But as the war drags on, with little good news from the front, the locals become aware of someone carrying out anonymous acts of kindness.  With no one claiming credit, the village come to think of this unidentified stranger as a kind of guardian angel, but when his identity is finally revealed can Tarn come to terms with the truth…?

“In the darkest of days, that’s when the miracles begin”

“In this powerful new novel, Tom Palmer conveys the devastating impact of war both for those who fight on the frontlines and those who are left at home to worry and grieve. Angel of Grasmere is another brilliant example from Tom of how history can be brought vividly to life for young people today in a way that they can relate to and empathise with.” Ailsa Bathgate

 Free resources available now …

  • Trailer
  • Tom’s writer’s scrapbook
  • Tom’s writer’s diary
  • Interview with Tom
  • A cover prediction set of worksheets
  • Angel paper dolls activity
  • Settings map worksheet
  • A Little Lakeland Nature-read along and colour in

Discover more about it and all these free resources here

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

Meet me 2024 – Online Events

Dunkirk Anniversary – A Commemoration Special with Mr Dilly and Tom Palmer

  • Join Tom Palmer speaking on location from the beaches of Dunkirk and the Grasmere Fells
  • Interview and conversation with Mr Dilly and Tom Palmer
  • Watch footage of the Dunkirk evacuation
  • Listen to pre-recorded interviews with some of the Dunkirk veterans

Catch up now here

17 June 2024 I will be taking part in a Refugee Week  online event with The Anne Frank Trust

More about my books and resources for Refugee Week here.

Meet Me 2024 – In Person Events

I’m dropping in to Cumbrian bookshops for informal signings. All around 4 p.m. Please come and say hello or pre-order signed copies from:

15th @HedgehogBooks

16th @BookendsKeswick

21st @WstonesKendal

Thursday 30 May 2024 11-3pm Imperial War Museum North

Friday 31 May 2024  11-3pm Imperial War Museum London

Sat 1 June 2024 11-4pm Imperial War Museum London 

Tuesday 6 Aug 11-3pm Imperial War Museum North


More here

6 June 2024 D-Day 80th Anniversary

Reading D-Day Dog and my free resources like blackout poems are a great way to commemorate this year’s 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

More here

17 June 2024 Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

I will be taking part in an online event with The Anne Frank Trust

More about my books and resources for Refugee Week here.

NEW Summer 2024 – Rocky’s Big Move

The exciting sequel in The Soccer Diaries series starring Rocky Race, a British footballer looking to make it big. Rocky Race is going for goal – but what about her grades?

Fourteen, hard as nails and magic on the pitch, Rocky Race is one of the best up and coming young footballers in the UK. But does she have what it takes to make it as a soccer pro in California?

Rocky Race is living the dream: she’s won a scholarship to a prestigious high school in Los Angeles, where she gets to play soccer and train for going pro. She’s got an amazing best friend, and a supportive mum and brother back home in the UK. But living away from home isn’t easy, and fitting in with American kids in high school is scary and new. Not to mention she has to keep her grades up if she wants to stay on the pitch! Will Rocky survive high school?

Order on Amazon here

Discover more here 

“everything that today’s children need as they grow up. It is jam-packed with positive role models, girls involvement in Women’s Football, respect, mental well-being, good work ethic, education and aspiration. Tom Palmer expertly weaves all of this together with friendship, family and a great little plot.”   Books for Topics 

AVAILABILITY : Virtual & In Person Author Visits
Sandringham School

I am delighted to be still going into schools this term for in-person author visits and have availability from Autumn 2024.  More here.

“The impact of last year’s visit was massive and has really helped us develop reading with our current year 6 group. In reading surveys and discussions your books always get a mention and are still read by a lot of the year group.” Green Lane Primary School

New! Audio Books

After the War











Soccer Diaries 





Audio books for my other Barrington Stoke titles will be available from 9 May 2024.  Thank you for listening.

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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 :
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New Zealand: Wheelers

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