Welcome to my site
My name is Sue Palmer and I write stories for children and run science and literacy workshops for schools.
I’m often asked where my ideas and inspiration come from. Some emerge from memorable childhood experiences; others spring from people observation. Most, however, are the products of transporting myself back to a time where almost anything was possible and real adventure existed.
On my website you can find information about my books and the subjects I’ve written about, read what I’ve been up to on my blog and find out more about me and why I love to write.
Find out about my Action Adventure Story Books
Exciting stories for 8-12 year olds
Watch a Trailer of May's Moon
‘May’s Moon’ is available at your local Independent Book Shop or online from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com and Waterstones.
May's Moon (ISBN: 9781782797807)
May's Moon - Fortis Mission (ISBN: 9781789040913)
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
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KS2 Science and Literacy Workshops
The May’s Moon trilogy follows 13-year-old Michael May in his quest to become the first child astronaut when he enters a competition run by NASA. Although fiction, the more I researched about our journeys into space, the more fascinated I became in space exploration. That’s why these stories include a substantial amount of space and science fact.
My research for this story has led me in many directions, from talking to astronauts to getting involved in STEM projects with primary schools. As well as being fantastic fun, this has provided me with a bank of information and resources about space travel and developments in science.
I have used these resources, together with a focus on developing writing skills, to put together three stimulating, interactive and educational workshops for KS2 classes.
Reviews & Comments
By Charlie B - age 9 “Michael fell back in his chair and closed his eyes. The boy they named Mickey Moon in school, because that’s all he talked about, had just passed the first part of the Children’s Moon Programme, at the Florida Space Centre”Michael May is desperate to be one of the first kids to go to the moon. There are 10 kids from all over the world, but only 3 of them will get to go to space. Michael has to do 3 scary and challenging tasks better than the 9 other contestants. He has to swim in a huge pool and be crazily spun around in a life-sized spaceship. But there is one other massive test that Michael and all the others have to face – there is one girl who thinks it is ok to cheat her way through!
The interesting thing about this book is that it is a story but it also includes lots of space facts. I learnt all about ‘neutral buoyancy’! There are just so many space facts in this book! One of my favourite parts is when Michael and his friend find themselves trapped in a wardrobe in someone else’s bedroom! The way the author describes their panic really made me laugh! I found this book exciting in parts, funny in others and nerve-wracking at times. It was very good because it would include lots of different emotions all in one chapter.
Sue ran a 'Could you be an Astronaut' session at this year's Maidenhead's Big Read for 7-12 year old children. Our feedback about Sue said, 'Brilliantly engaging, an author who knew her subject and could engage with all children and adults'.
Tildy - "I really liked it because we got to use our imagination lots, we got to come up with our own ideas and just write what we were thinking down on paper."
Esme - "It was really interesting and I liked the part where we had to make things up for a story and give the characters a background."
Ben - " thought it was really fun."
Zak - "I learnt about why Sue made the book Mays Moon and I learnt how to write stories, describe settings and make our own characters."
Evi: “I loved making our own stories, our own characters. It was so much fun.”
Bailey: “I really enjoyed the work and had an amazing time doing story writing, it was a top workshop, it was excellent.”
Cherisse: “I really enjoyed learning about the full outfit of an astronaut, I was shocked that they wore diapers and everything else too!”
Chloe: “We made our own characters from cutting up magazines and learnt cool info about space, all of it was good fun.”
The UII girls were fortunate to spend the day with local author Sue Palmer who published her debut children’s book ‘May’s Moon’ 4 days before Tim Peake’s launch as the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station. The girls had enjoyed reading the first chapter of the book during the Easter holidays which details Michael May’s first test in a neutral buoyancy pool with ten other children who have been accepted onto the ‘Children’s Moon Program’ in Florida to win a place on the next mission to the moon. Sue showed the girls her Moon globe and ‘Jim’ her model astronaut (which took 8 hours to build) in his ‘Extravehicular Mobility Unit’ (EMU) or space suit. The girls learnt about the order in which an astronaut gets dressed into their EMU including the essential ‘nappy’ for when they are outside of the Space Station. Sue talked about the breakthroughs in Science that have been achieved by the astronauts experiments including growing rocket seeds from the International Space Station - the girls will be planting our own 'space seeds' soon. The girls very excitedly took a test of their own whereby they had to work in teams to put together a jigsaw using thick gloves. Several girls purchased books and had them personally signed by Sue. Sue’s talk was incredibly informative and inspiring and hopefully will encourage the girls to continue to read ‘May’s Moon’ and to go on to study Science or Engineering... maybe one day we will see an UII Abbey girl as next British astronaut to go into space!
Could you be an astronaut? That was the question posed to Form 1 pupils when children's author Mrs S.Y. Palmer visited the College as part of a project organised by the English and Science Departments. Based on her novel, May’s Moon, the story of a 13 year-old budding astronaut, Mrs Palmer’s workshop explored what it means to live and work in space. Pupils were delighted to receive a signed copy of May’s Moon after the workshop. Head of English Matt Coolin said: “We’re very pleased to offer an activity that sparks an interest in writing and Science in young people. We are now looking at other ways that English and STEM subjects can work together to provide opportunities for our students.”
When Michael May is selected to participate in the Children’s Moon Program, he thinks all his dreams have come true. But only three of the ten teens are accepted to join NASA and though Michael has trained and studied as long as he can remember, inexplicable injuries and accidents befall his teammates. Michael is scared, but he’s also curious. Somebody must be doing this, somebody in his program who wants to win at all cost.
Palmer has created a winning tale about space programs which not only tells an engrossing story from the perspective of a thirteen-year old British boy, it also teaches much about the science of space. Perfect for 9-12-year olds, May’s Moon is a must read for kids interested in space exploration and becoming astronauts.
The first chapter had me completely hooked and after about page ten I had my heart in my mouth. It is a really great read with some really interesting facts woven in to give the reader a real insight into what an astronaut truly goes through before being selected for a mission.
I loved the mystery that is within the main story and I really felt that Michael was a lovely boy and I desperately wanted him to be picked. Great for adventure fans, space fan and mystery fans, boys and girls 8+.
Interested in space travel? Interested in how a rocket can fly to a different planet?
Then this book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting story of a boy battling to be a NASA astronaut and travel to the moon. Not only is it a fast-paced adventure, it is also a mystery populated with a host of complex and interesting characters. I would recommend it to any 9 – 12 year old boy or girl who enjoys a thrilling story with a light sprinkling of intergalactic know-how.
We really enjoyed your visit - you were brilliant with the kids. They were really inspired and fascinated by your awesome presentation all about space. We have a good number of children reading your book right now - I will try and arrange a book review before the summer holiday. All the best with the book and your school visits. Thank you again - we really appreciated your visit.