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Spitfire

Written by Tom Palmer

Illustrated by David Shephard

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on Spitfire

Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+   Tom Palmer combines football with a dramatic story of the Second World War, plus a touch of the supernatural, to catch readers’ attention in this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but finding it hard to apply himself, in fact he wants to quit. Set to find out more about the old airfield near the camp as homework, he’s suddenly finds himself transported back in time and at the controls of a Spitfire. Shot down, he’s imprisoned in a POW camp and there discovers the grit and determination necessary to help himself and another prisoner escape. Back in the present at last, the effects of what he’s learned remain and he finds the focus to succeed. A rousing story that describes the heroism demonstrated by so many in the last war to inspire young readers. ~ Andrea Reece

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

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Spitfire Synopsis

Greg is only happy when he's active - on the pitch or on his phone, it doesn't matter. But as soon as training's over or his host parent Steve takes the phone away, he's on edge. Steve suggests that Greg do something quiet with him, like making one of Steve's beloved Airfix kits. And the next thing Greg knows, he's in the cockpit of a Spitfire, being forced out of the sky by a German pilot!

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

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ISBN: 9781781125366
Publication date: 15/06/2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125366
Publication date: 15th June 2016
Author: Tom Palmer
Illustrator: David Shephard
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Sporting Stories
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About 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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