With the World cup already well underway (we’ll not mention England’s part in it all) and as the world prepares to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, one children’s author brings to the Manchester Children’s Book Festival a very special book.
Over The Line by Tom Palmer is based on the real story of the Footballer Battalion, a group of young men who, accused of cowardice for playing football rather than signing up to fight in the Great War, bravely decided to march to the frontlines. Jack, the book’s main character is based on Jack Cock, a real life footballer who survived the horrors of the trenches to return to score England’s first international goal following the war.
A massive football fan, it was reading about the game which helped to change Tom Palmer’s life and set him on the path to becoming an author, having “done badly at school.” Now with over a dozen titles under his belt, many published by Puffin, he is a leading light in British children’s writing.
Tom is also a dedicated advocate of children’s reading skills. According to the Puffin website, he has “an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust.” He has also been the Premier League Reading Stars scheme’s official writer for five years, proof indeed of where passion and dedication can lead.
Tom will be launching his book at both the Imperial War Museum North (at 11am) and at the National Football Museum (at 2pm) so you can pick your favourite venue to see him!
So if your kids are football mad, the chance to meet this inspirational writer and hear from his exciting new book is not to be missed. Get your tickets here.