We are delighted to announce that Ghost Stadium by Tom Palmer has been selected for Bookbuzz 2014! Bookbuzz is a brilliant initiative from the hard-working folks at Booktrust that aims to get Year 7s across the country reading for pleasure through a huge book gifting programme.
Schools taking part in Bookbuzz offer their students a selection of titles from which they pick the one that most takes their fancy. There are titles for children with special needs as well as the main selection ”“ we are proud as punch that our title is in the main selection. This endorses our belief that a short read can be a great read and that kids who are reluctant to tackle a whopping great tome of a book are firmly in the mainstream.
Bookbuzz is supported by a range of funders and by participating publishers (including ourselves) and clocks in at an incredibly reasonable £2.50 per child, including lots of online resources, selection packs and much, much more. Schools in England and Northern Ireland who wish to get involved and spread the love of reading can register here.
This is the second year of Bookbuzz, and our first year getting involved, but we took part in the scheme’s predecessor Booked Up many times with huge success. An incredible 35,000 copies of The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher were chosen by participating children in 2011 and previous years saw Alan Gibbon’s chilling The Dying Photo and Frank Cottrell Boyce’s laugh-out-loud Desirable feature too.
Ghost Stadium already has a legion of fans and we are very excited that it will find its way into lots more hands this summer and autumn. The Bookbag reviewer’s son loved it: “the temptation to turn out the lights and read this out loud by torch light was simply too much to resist.” Julia Eccleshare called it “an exciting and spooky adventure”, and Little Librarian said “I could not put this book down… haunting, action-packed and completely brilliant.”
Killian M from the Samworth Church Academy is also a big fan: “Ghost Stadium is an awesome book, you must read it! I would give this book 5 stars.” And we think Alec Ford from West Earlham Junior School sums it up best: “This book is so amazing you could read it one million times and not get bored!”
This all comes at an especially brilliant time for Tom Palmer, who has not one, not two, not three but FOUR brilliant new books with Barrington Stoke. Over the Line was published six weeks ago ”“ it’s the amazing, moving and brilliantly told story of the survivor of the trenches and the Footballers Battalion who went on to score England’s first international goal after World War One. And then there’s the first part of a fantastic rugby trilogy coming in time for the Rugby World Cup in October, with parts 2 and 3 due in February and May 2015.
Three cheers for Tom Palmer and for all at Bookbuzz, and roll on summer reading! You can whet your appetite with the first chapter of Ghost Stadium below…