After The War – From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer
Tom Palmer very kindly shared with me, the first chapter of his latest children’s book – After the War to take a look at, please find the blurb and a bit about chapter one and also links to Free Resources below.
About The Author
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 now the multi-award-winning author of several books for young readers including the acclaimed reboot of the Roy of the Rovers series and the FCBG Children’s Book Acquisition.
Award winner Armistice Runner. In 2019 Tom was awarded the National Literacy Trust’s
Ruth Rendell Award in recognition of his significant contribution to literacy work in the UK.
He lives in Halifax.
Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District.
Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they’ve finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover.
Will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?
(Accelerated Reader Quiz No: 238677, Points 4.00, Book Level 4.80,
Middle Years – Key Stage 2)
Thoughts on Chapter One
Readers immediately meet Yossi on a Stirling Bomber in turbulent skies. He captures action and atmosphere in a way that children can instantly become immersed into and understand. You get a quick glimpse into his life and why he loves aeroplanes so much and believes in the hope that they will bring. The enormity and excitement of them sits well with the sadness that his hometown in Poland had been bombed during the second world war and knows about the concentration camps.
Yossi then meets Mordecai and Leo, both whom are 15 and it brings about some admiration between them for what skills they possess. It adds the humanity of respect and a bonding of sorts.
They are on their way to England to escape war and have so many hopes of a different future ahead of them. There is a realistic anxiety and questioning that comes from Mordecai.
This is just from the first chapter, so imagine what children would gain from the rest of the book? I would think a lot and there are also classroom friendly resources.
Website/Resources Link: https://tompalmer.co.uk/free-stuff/