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Tom’s latest book helps child literacy trust


Written and illustrated by Stroud author Tom Percival, The Wrong Shoes explores the pressure that financial hardship puts on children whose families are struggling.

It tells the story of Will, who feels he stands out for all the wrong reasons but whose life is transformed by the empathy of others and his own creativity. To mark publication of The Wrong Shoes, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and Tom Percival will be working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust to support reading in areas of socio-economic deprivation.

This partnership will raise funds to support the National Literacy Trust’s vital work with more than 500,000 children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds, across 17 areas in the UK.

The Wrong Shoes is aimed at readers 9+ and was published in hardback on 9th May, priced £12.99 and includes a £1 donation to the National Literacy Trust. Simon and Schuster will also be donating 15,000 books for use in the NLT’s regional hubs.

Tom lives in Stroud with his family and ‘The Best Dog in the World’. A lot of his books explore social connections, community, equality and emotional growth, but he also makes room to write a bit of pure escapist fun once in a while.

When he’s not making books, he enjoys walking and running around the countryside with either his family, or The Best Dog in the World, and sometimes ALL of them at once. He also makes music and enjoys taking photographs.

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