Tom Palmer scores at Edinburgh Central Library

‘Just to say many thanks for the evening with Tom Palmer last night. My husband took my son and two friends and they all really enjoyed it and had to be persuaded to stop reading last night.’

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Just the response we were hoping for, and perhaps what we come to expect from the enthusiasm and empathy Tom Palmer always brings to his sessions with children for whom reading is often a struggle.

This time Tom was focusing on his book ‘ Over the Line’ published by dyslexia friendly experts, Barrington Stoke, which is based on the true story of Jack Cock who played professional football for Huddersfield Town before signing up to fight in World War One.

That he scored England’s first international goal after the end of the war doesn’t give too much of the plot away – it is a gripping story that captures the horrors and emotions of the war, accurate and sensitive to the real men who fought in the trenches, reminding young readers of the links between past and present.

Tom captured everyone’s’ attention with the ‘real life’ war sign- up papers of Jack, war photos of the Football Battalion and cigarette cards featuring characters in the book.- and of course, his ‘reading goal challenge’ that involved all participants kicking a soft ball around the bookshelves after answering some topical sport and story questions! Top scores again, Tom, for an inspiring evening!

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