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Tom Palmer - Author

About the Author

Originally from Leeds, and previously shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize, Tom Palmer is best known for his Football Academy and Foul Play series. He credits articles about football with getting him into reading and libraries across the country attest to the fact that he is one of the main motivating factors for boys getting into books today. Tom lives in West Yorkshire.

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Roy of the Rovers Fiction 4

Roy of the Rovers Fiction 4

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

The smash-hit phenomenon reboot returns for an all-new second season!

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Rugby Academy

Rugby Academy

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Borderlands First XV have their sights set on becoming the best school rugby team in the world. But while the boys focus on their matches, many of their parents are serving overseas in the armed forces, and everyone is worried as conflict grows in the Central Asian Republic. New pupil Woody is a footballer by nature and must decide if he's prepared to give rugby his all. Rory feels like he's losing his focus, distracted by thoughts of his parents in danger. And Owen finds himself a t the centre when conflict breaks out within the team. With so many hurdles to face along the way, how far will they get in the rigorous schools' tournament?

Roy of the Rovers: Playoffs (Fiction 3)

Roy of the Rovers: Playoffs (Fiction 3)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The greatest footballer ever to kick a ball is back! Play-offs, by award-winning author Tom Palmer (D-Day Dog, Armistice Runner), with illustrations by Lisa Henke, is the third in a new series of tekkers-tastic Roy of the Rovers novels! Read alone, or alongside the new Roy of the Rovers comics! The journey begins here! The end of the season is here, and it's make or break for Roy Race and Melchester Rovers. Against all odds, Roy and his teammates are closer to getting Rovers promoted. However, if they fail to reach League One, then Rovers' owner Barry Cleaver plans to sell up, destroying Melchester Rovers for good! Now it's crunch time: either Rovers make it through to the play-off finals, or it's over - for the club, for the fans, and for Roy... It has everything a football fan needs - Books for Topics Football-lovers will love the description of on-pitch action - That Boy Can Teach It captures the feel of playing and having a passion for football - Comic Scene Magazine

D-Day Dog

D-Day Dog

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Jack can't wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. It's his chance to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired - brave men like his dad, who is a reserve soldier. But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper. On 6 June 1944, Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen - and Jack is determined to discover their fate ...

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Gyda'n Gilydd

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Gyda'n Gilydd

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2019

Roy of the Rovers Teamwork (Fiction 2)

Roy of the Rovers Teamwork (Fiction 2)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

The greatest footballer ever to kick a ball is back! Teamwork, by award-winning author Tom Palmer (D-Day Dog, Armistice Runner), with illustrations by Lisa Henke, is the second in a new series of tekkers-tastic Roy of the Rovers novels! Read alone, or alongside the new Roy of the Rovers comics! The journey begins here! It's tough at the top! Roy Race is living the dream. After all, how many 16-year-olds get to play up front for their favourite football team? Except life as Melchester Rovers' new star striker isn't easy. Everyone's looking at him differently, social media is a nightmare, and Rovers are still stuck at the bottom of the league. All that, and he's still got to go to college, help out at home, and coach his little sister Rocky's football team. If he's going to cope, Roy better learn to be a team player - and fast.... It has everything a football fan needs - Books for Topics Football-lovers will love the description of on-pitch action - That Boy Can Teach It captures the feel of playing and having a passion for football - Comic Scene Magazine

Roy Of The Rovers Scouted (Fiction 1)

Roy Of The Rovers Scouted (Fiction 1)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The greatest footballer ever to kick a ball is back! Scouted, by award-winning author Tom Palmer (D-Day Dog, Armistice Runner), with illustrations by Lisa Henke, is the first in a new series of tekkers-tastic Roy of the Rovers novels! Read alone, or alongside the new Roy of the Rovers comics! The journey begins here! Roy Race is a totally normal 16 year old. He just happens to be the best striker in Melchester, too... Roy always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and playing for Melchester Rovers, the team he's supported his entire life, but he never thought he had a chance - until now. Rovers are on the lookout for new players, but is Roy good enough to catch the scout's eye? He'll have to be fitter, stronger and more determined than ever - but if he's going to become Roy of the Rovers, now's the time. It has everything a football fan needs - Books for Topics Football-lovers will love the description of on-pitch action - That Boy Can Teach It captures the feel of playing and having a passion for football - Comic Scene Magazine

Armistice Runner

Armistice Runner

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Lily has lots of worries. She's struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, she's losing her gran to Alzheimer's. But then she discovers her great-great-grandfather's diaries from the First World War. Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?

Pecyn Academi Pel-Droed

Pecyn Academi Pel-Droed

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2018

Gus the Famous Football Cat

Gus the Famous Football Cat

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A funny and heartwarming story about a girl and her pet cat, who becomes a World Cup celebrity! There's a football challenge at Yusra's school and everyone wants to win. Which class can find the best way to predict England's World Cup results? Yusra has an idea - her pet cat Gus could help! As Gus keeps guessing the scores right, the word spreads and soon everyone wants a piece of the famous football cat. But is the life of a celebrity as purrfect as it seems? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book Band: Lime

Pitch Invasion (Defenders #3)

Pitch Invasion (Defenders #3)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2017

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.

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Dim Chwarae

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Dim Chwarae

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2017

Dark Arena (Defenders #2)

Dark Arena (Defenders #2)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2017

It's meant to be a stress-free holiday in London, but suddenly Seth and Nadiya will need all their skills asDefenders. Ghostly activity is threatening a Premier League club as they build a new stadium on Roman ruins.One worker has already met a grisly death - and many other lives are in danger. The horror of modern injusticeseems to have woken the spirits of the past ...What can the Defenders do to change things?Action-packed follow-up to Killing Ground in the Defenders series.

Killing Ground (Defenders #1)

Killing Ground (Defenders #1)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2017

Everyone is freaked out when circles of scorched earth start appearing in Halifax - on the moors, the parks and even the football pitches. Seth is most disturbed of all - he sees the shadows of the past. But when he looks into a Viking's murderous eyes and smells the stink of burning flesh, Seth knows he must stop this cycle of supernatural suffering. With his friend Nadiya, can he discover the dark history behind the forces attacking their town?

Secret Fc

Secret Fc

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Lily, Zack and Khal can't believe it when the new headmaster at their school bans football in the playground. What are a gang of football-mad kids meant to do at break-time now? Then Zack has a brilliant plan and a very secret football club is formed...Light-hearted and uplifting, this tale of football-underdogs-with-a-twist is lots of fun.