Killing Ground

Written by Tom Palmer

Illustrated by David Shephard

Part of the Defenders Series

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In a nutshell:  exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics 

Seth’s not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new floodlights at his football team Halifax Town’s ground seems to reanimate a violent episode from local history, something that threatens everyone. When his mum talks to Seth about his father, who could also see ghosts, Seth finds the courage to do what has to be done. It’s a thrilling story, one that shows how the past still informs everything we do, as well as demonstrating that there’s a superhero in each of us. Number three in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone and, in Barrington Stoke style, has been written so that all readers can enjoy it.  ~ Andrea Reece

The Defenders is a spooky new series that combines the thrills of football, history and supernatural sleuthing and marks Tom’s continuing exploration of his passions. He says: “For years I’ve written about my obsessions with football and rugby. Now I am obsessed with history. One thing I always say to children who ask me for advice on becoming an author, is to write about what they are passionate about. That’s what I’m doing now.”

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Killing Ground Synopsis

Everyone is freaked out when circles of scorched earth start appearing in Halifax - on the moors, the parks and even the football pitches. Seth is most disturbed of all - he sees the shadows of the past. But when he looks into a Viking's murderous eyes and smells the stink of burning flesh, Seth knows he must stop this cycle of supernatural suffering. With his friend Nadiya, can he discover the dark history behind the forces attacking their town?

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ISBN: 9781781127292
Publication date: 15/06/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781127292
Publication date: 15th June 2017
Author: Tom Palmer
Illustrator: David Shephard
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
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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