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A tense Seth is waiting to hear if his mum’s got the ‘all-clear’. But instead of relaxing in Cornwall, Seth is haunted by visions. Heads on spikes – bloodied and rotten, eyes pecked out – surrounding an Iron Age hill fort to keep intruders away. When Seth meets two football-crazy brothers from Aleppo their stories offer him a new sense of courage. Can he look death in the face and restore calm to the present? Exciting finale to the Defenders trilogy.

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In the ‘Defenders’ series, best-selling author Tom Palmer brings together his passions for football and history in three haunting stories aimed for children aged 8-12. Published by Barrington Stoke, these books are ‘super-readable’ due to their accessible layout including a dyslexia-friendly font and tinted paper. The Defenders stories follow the adventures of a boy called Seth, who lives in Halifax, loves football and is coming to terms with his mum facing a very serious illness. Seth has the unusual ability to see ‘shadows’ of the past; ghost-like appearances of people from different points in history…

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Pitch Invasion Research Video: Tom Palmer visits an Iron Age Fort

Children’s author, Tom Palmer, goes up Winchester’s St Catherine’s Hill to help him research Iron Age Hillforts for his book, Defenders: Pitch Invasion.

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