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It's 1914 and Jack is making his debut as a pro footballer. But his first match is marred by a demonstration demanding that the teams sign up to do their duty in France. Word of the Footballer's Battalion and a cup in Flanders provides a glimmer of hope that Jack can keep his dream of playing for England alive. But as the war drags on, Jack is thrown into a nightmare world he will be lucky to survive.

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12th July '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
I was really pleased to win this book as I thought it would be a good book to interest reluctant boy readers, and I think it is just that. 
It is written in an-easy-to-read style whilst conveying some very difficult topics and the dilemmas faced by young men during the war years. It also addresses the impact of war on the lives of the young men in the years following the conflict. These are all pertinent issues.
As boys love football and war, and this combines the two, I think it is a good book for boys. It is not too long but there are many areas for discussions and opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
12th July '16
Tommyg read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
I like this book, I like football and my great granny was born in the war, so I read it to her as part of my reading to a grown up. We both like the book and because its a true story it makes me think more.
Tom Palmer the author came into my cousins school and I wish I went to the school and meet him. He is a very good writer.
11th August '16
Madina read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
Im not a big fan of football but I really liked this book.  It was interesting and a true story. 
4th July '16
Yoloman read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
The characters in this book were very interesting. As it was a true story it was very realistic and I wanted to keep reading. The story is about a lad who is a footballer and joins world war 1, you find out what happens to him and his friends. The book also tells you what happens to them after the war. Definitely read this book.
11th August '16
Widget read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
I play rugby so a football based story doesn't normally interest me but this book was an exception. As it is based on a true story and set during the First World War I really enjoyed it. It was sad at times and while reading it I tried to imagine how it must have been for Jack and his friends fighting in the war and being in the trenches.
15th July '16
Lydib read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
I'm not a fan of football but this did appeal to me as a wartime story. It's about a professional footballer called Jack who goes to France to fight in the great war. I felt the book went into some detail about battle and death without been too shocking and scary. It gives a good idea of what it was like for the men and how terrible the war was. I enjoyed the story especially because it's based on true events and real people.
6th July '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
i absolutly loved this book
it was really well written and told an amazing story that was based on true events that made it even more of a brilliant story 
my favorite character was jack because he loved football but felt he needed to serve his country during the first world war.
7th July '16
Oli read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Over the Line 9781781125861
5 stars
The book is about a young man, Jack, who is a professional footballer at the start of WW1.  After the war begins and more people volunteer to join the army and fight, Jack begins to feel pressure from people who believe that footballers should fight for their country instead of playing football.  The widow of a footballer hands Jack a note after a match which says honour can only be found on the battlefield not the football field which has an effect on Jack.  After much thought, and conversations with his fellow footballers Jack joins the army.  In fact he joins the Footballers Battalion.  The story follows Jack from football field to battlefield, it follows his friendships and his tragedies and illustrates how his passion for football and a dream to play for his country keeps him going
I like football and I found it interesting to find out what happened to professional footballers throughout the war, i was interested to find out that there was a Footballers Battalion and famous footballers of the time fought in it. The descriptions of the trenches were realistic and there's a page at the back of the book which tells you about the real characters and the stories behind these inspirational people.
I would recommend this to my friends, to anyone wanting to find out more about the war, anyone interested in football. Anyone really!
12th September '16
LouisR read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Over the Line 9781781125861
4 stars
I am 11 and I liked this book.  I prefer fact books usually but my mum said that I should try this one as it was about the first World War which I like reading about.  The boy, Jack, was a football player and then the war broke out.  He joined the army and went out to fight in the war.  The book had good descriptions of what it was like for Jack in the trenches and was helped me to know what it was like for the soldiers in the war.  I hope that Tom Palmer writes more books like this one.
15th August '16
Ben read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Over the Line 9781781125861
4 stars
Over the Line was a very good book because it was about football and the war. I liked the football parts most especially the Flanders' Cup.  It was very good.
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Tom Palmer is originally from Leeds and credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He draws on this experience in his top-selling sports fiction for children, including the series Football Academy and Foul Play. Tom has a background in reader development and today travels all over the UK with his immensely popular...

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