Squad Literacy Resources

Try first chapters from The Squad by clicking on the covers below:

 Black Op cover  White Fear cover

Read my extra story Black and White Op written to celebrate the launch of The Squad series for Newcastle Libraries here.


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Accelerated Reading Scheme

Black Op, the first in my Squad series, years 6-8, has been selected for the Accelerated Reading Scheme.

Watch their video of me reading Black Op here with a quiz to follow here.

Spy Writers Pack

The Squad : Spy Pack a writing pack to accompany the Squad Series.  Includes:

  • MISSION 1 : SET UP YOUR SPY RING (or, forming a writing group for those who don’t want to be in a writing group)
  • MISSION 3 : BUGGING (or, writing interesting dialogue in fiction)
  • MISSION 4 : MIND READING FOR SPIES (or, how to describe characters to help tell a story)
  • MISSION 5 : GARBOLOGY (or, creating an effective setting by listing the contents of your teacher’s bin)
  • MISSION 6 : INTERPRETING SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS (or how to piece together an interesting narrative structure)
  • FINAL MISSION : THE SPY CHALLENGE; Four real spying missions undertaken by Tom Palmer; Spy phrases you need to know

Download here.

“Thank you for all the work you put in to the pack. Loads of great ideas” Ruth Shallcross

Reading the Squad Pack
Reading the Squad for Pleasure

The Squad Reading & Writing Pack

  • Tom Palmer interview
  • Poland : The setting for Black Op
  • Norway : The setting for White Fear
  • School And Library Football Reading ACTIVITIES
  • Top Ten Tips for Families to use Sport to encourage reading at home
  • Reading Comprehensions
  • School and library DISPLAY IDEAS
  • Football Book Review
  • Characters
  • Discussion Topics
  • Write Your Own Squad story
  • Design Your Own Squad Book Cover

Download here.

The Squad – reading quizzes

Black Op  white fear

Find out more

International espionage and football action combine when these teenage spies are sent to the world’s toughest trouble spots, going undercover with the England youth team.  The world’s in danger and only The Squad can save us.
Black Op cover White Fear cover

Buy the books

The Squad 1 : Black Op Amazon
The Squad 2 : White Fear Amazon


More Literacy resources for all my other books are here.