Upper Years inspired by children's author Tom Palmer

For 'National Non-Fiction November', St George's Junior School pupils received an inspiring visit from popular and well known children’s author, Tom Palmer. 

Mr Palmer started off by telling the Years 3 – 6 pupils how as a child he really disliked reading, but due to his love of sport, his mother encouraged him to read match reports in newspapers and magazines. This really sparked his interest in reading and at the age of seventeen he started reading prolifically. When he was twenty he wrote his first book, but it then took him twenty years to get his first book published! He advised the pupils to persevere and never give up, as dreams can become reality if you work hard enough.

In total, Tom has now written over 40 books, but most recently he has started writing historical fiction. Before Mr Palmer starts writing a new book he does as much research as possible, reading around the subject, as well as visiting key sites in the UK and abroad. He talked about his four new books; Pitch Invasion; Dark Arena; Killing Ground; and Spitfire. Tom then proceeded to involve Years 4, 5 and 6 in a history quiz and Year 3 had a special quiz, which ended with a penalty shoot-out.

At the end of his visit, the children were really eager to buy Mr Palmer's books and get them signed by the author himself. It was truly an amazing and inspirational visit.

6 December 2017

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