Walter Tull's Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan

Walter Tull's Scrapbook

Written by Michaela Morgan

7+ readers   9+ readers   The World Wars   
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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Book with Facts

In personal jottings, photos and pictures, this scrapbook brings alive a pioneering black footballer and British officer in the First World War who lived outside the limitations of his age - from Walter's childhood in an orphanage through his footballing years at Spurs and Northampton to the Western Front, highlighting the Christmas Day Truce of 1914, Walter's officer training - pipe, moustache and all! - ending with his death on the Somme, his memorials and his legacy.


Walter Tull's Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan

The inspirational true story of Walter Tull's life is vividly reimagined here in scrapbook form, drawing on photographs, documents and records of his life. Born in Kent, in 1888, Walter Tull became not just the first black British professional outfield football player - for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town - but also the first black officer in the British Army. His leadership and courage in the trenches of the First World War won him a recommendation for a Military Cross that was never awarded because of his skin colour. His story takes the reader from his childhood in an orphanage, through his footballing years, to his eventual tragic death, aged 29, on the Somme. His legacy lives on.


A fascinating insight into a man who broke across boundaries. In an age when we still find prejudice on and off the playing field, this book conveys an important message - one we must heed. Parents in Touch

A welcome addition to any child's library. Voice Inspiring. Irish Independent

What makes this account especially vivid is the wealth of period photographs ... An inspiring account of courage and leadership. Books for Keeps excellent and will surely also appeal to any reluctant young readers who like football or the military. The Daily Telegraph online

'Michaela Morgan has created a vivid account of his life and the world in which he lived, so that the reader an truly relate to him as a person. ... A very good addition to the school library.' School Librarian

Inspiring and relevant; Walter Tull's Scrapbook is an important story about overcoming discrimination on and off the pitch. Kick it Out

This will be a real hit with a wide range of children. ... Swiftly told, the story balances excitement, matter of fact detail and pathos. English 4-11

About the Author

Michaela Morgan

Michaela Morgan was born in Manchester which she left in order to misspend her youth in more exotic locations.

She was educated at the Universities of Warwick (BA Hons English), Leicester (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and Cambridge (Further Studies in Education).

A popular speaker at national and international conferences, her work includes a British Council sponsored trip to South Africa to give talks and run workshops with teachers in townships. She has also visited schools in France and Spain.

In the UK she has spoken at: UKRA conference, Primary English conference, the University of Leicester School of Education, University of Nottingham School of Education and the Federation of Children’s Books. She has contributed to many conferences and INSETs.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

7th November 2013




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