Author Tom Palmer likes football and has a secret ambition to be a spy. He's combining these two ideas in his new thriller series, The Squad, about a youth football team in which half the members are spies. The first title won't be published until 2012, but while he's writing it he's also producing a weekly blog for teachers, hosted on the National Literacy Trust website, tracking its progress. The blog will be written in a way that the children (upper primary level) will be able to relate to their own school work and will include an optional writing exercise based on what Tom has been blogging about. He will answer questions such as: How do authors write their books? Where do the ideas come from? How do they develop characters?
Tom Palmer has also contributed to NLT's Reading the Game pages Another thing I like on this page is the football shaped book review form which I think would be great to use in the classroom.
We have a couple of Tom's books in stock at Jordanhill and also have a football section on our Books for Boys page - although football books needn't, of course, only be read by boys and the team in The Squad includes both boys and girls.