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Over the Line

Written by Tom Palmer, Violet Tobacco

Illustrated by Ollie Cuthbertson

Part of the Conkers Series

Over the Line Synopsis

It's the proudest moment of Jack's life - his debut as a professional footballer. Now he has a chance to achieve his dream of playing for his country. But it's 1914 and the world is at war. Talk of sportsmen's cowardice leads to the formation of a Footballers' Battalion and Jack has little choice but to join up. The promise of a Cup in Flanders offers a glimmer of hope, but Jack and his teammates will have to survive a waking nightmare if they are ever to play again. A stunning new edition of Tom Palmer's bestselling novel based on the true story of WWI war hero and footballing legend Jack Cock.

Over the Line Press Reviews

It's a stroke of brilliance to pair football with wartime history ... a lesson in empathy as much as history - and will certainly keep readers on the edge of their seats BOOKTRUST; A perfect class read to accompany any KS2 and KS3 topic on the period. It's also an engaging read for football fans of any age ... deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf HELENA PIELICHATY, AUTHOR; A gripping story which draws on both the horrors of WWI and the power of football MUMSNET; Tom's best work to date and a must-read to help young people of today understand what it was like during the war LEEDS SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICE; Powerful and evocative ... The emphasis on football will entice readers who might not think at first that historical fiction is 'their thing' LIBRARY MICE

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129562
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Author: Tom Palmer, Violet Tobacco
Illustrator: Ollie Cuthbertson
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages

About Tom Palmer, Violet Tobacco

Tom Palmer was a reluctant reader as a child and credits articles about football with getting him into reading. He went on to become a bookseller and then worked in reader development. He is well known for his hugely successful football fiction for Puffin, and is one of Barrington Stoke's top-selling authors, writing about both sport and history with great appeal. He travels all over the UK visiting schools and working with charities, and is well loved across the book trade.

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