Reader Reviewed Flyboy by Tom Palmer


Written by Tom Palmer
Illustrated by David Shephard
Part of the Wings Series

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April 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to pilot a Sopwith Camel. Young Jatinder is at a football camp located next to an old airfield used by pilots in World War One. He’s given a book about the fighter pilot Hardit Singh Malik and that night finds himself back in time flying on a reconnaissance mission over Germany. He’s shot down and taken prisoner, then faced with the opportunity to do something very courageous, but very dangerous. Based on the true stories of three airmen - Indian, American and German – this gives readers a sense of what bravery really entails, and puts the spotlight on the extraordinary Malik, the first ever Sikh pilot to fly a plane of war. ~ Andrea Reece

Daniel and Alexander Bisland, Lovereading4kids Reviewers, were invited to the launch of this book at RAF Hendon. Click here to read more.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 8 - 'Great book with an exciting story line, a fabulous mix of modern day and days gone by.'
  • Fennrin Hayden-Hoskins, age 7 - 'Flyboy was a really brilliant book, it was imaginative and inspiring...I can't wait to read it again!'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed this book because it was exciting and taught me a lot about the First World War.'
  • Kamran Mustfa, age 7 - 'It's a total page turner! I think it is an amazing book. It attaches you to it straight away on the first sentence.'
  • Freddie Barth von Wehrenalp, age 8 - 'An educational, exciting, risk-taking story inspired by three true stories about the First World War.  Good for girls and boys!'
  • Harry Steel, age 8 - 'I thought this book was totally awesome...I loved the way Jatinder went back to the First World War as the famous pilot and risked his life to try and save others.'
  • James Kearsey, age 10 - 'This is a really intriguing and interesting book for any kid that likes planes and football. I like the way the book keeps you guessing whether he's dreaming or whether his adventure is real.'


Flyboy by Tom Palmer

From football to flight sequences and real-life drama to fantasy, the action-packed first book in Tom Palmer's Wings sequence has it all. High-end production includes perforated jacket-flaps with plane models to cut out, assemble and collect.

Jatinder seems to be living his dream - he's training for his team's youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther are really great. But something's holding Jatinder back from being a really great footballer - himself. Steve reckons it's OK to take risks - look at his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik. That night Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation - flying Hardit's WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He travels all over the UK for events, performing his immensely popular rugby and football reading games to hundreds of children every week. He is the current Writer-in-Residence for the RAF Museums. Tom is also working with the National Literacy Trust on a very high profile football and reading project during the Euro 2016 football tournament.

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Book Info


96 pages


Tom Palmer
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th March 2016




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