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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.

Featured books by Tom Palmer

Other books by Tom Palmer

Rugby Academy

Rugby Academy

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

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 third instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children's football hero rebooted for the 21st century! Crunch time for Rovers: the end of the season is here, the club is in deep trouble, and it's down to Roy to bring a bit of hope back to the Melchester faithful. The new era of Roy of the Rovers continues!

D-Day Dog

D-Day Dog

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

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: Taro Nol

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2019

Pecyn Academi Pel-Droed

Pecyn Academi Pel-Droed

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2019

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 second instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children's football hero rebooted for the 21st century! Roy Race has it all: all the skill, all the talent, and all the eyes on him now he's broken into the Melchester Rovers first team at only 16 years old. Except, of course, there's more to life than football. His dad's in a wheelchair and needs looking after, his mum is working all hours, and his sister? His sister wants to play football too, and she won't leave Roy alone until he helps her do something about it... Join us for amazing scenes, incredible tekkers, and all the thrills, sprills and drama of football! The new era of Roy of the Rovers continues!

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

Times are tough for Melchester Rovers. Languishing at the bottom of League Two, the once-proud powerhouse of British football is out of money and out of luck. Sixteen-year-old Roy Race always dreamt of playing up front for Rovers. Oozing with natural talent and possessing a powerful left foot, Roy may just be the answer to all of Melchester's prayers. Can Roy break into the Rovers first team and bring back the glory days of old? Or will the pressure of problems on and off the pitch prove too much for the young prospect? The epic footballing saga begins here!

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?

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.

Typhoon (Wings #3)

Typhoon (Wings #3)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2016

Sisters Maddie and Jess are new to the football school. They bicker all the time, they never agree and they constantly try to score points against one another. Steve and Esther are keen to get the girls working together, and it's an uphill struggle. But the airfield has other ideas...Maddie and Jess wake up in twin Typhoon fighters and must learn to cover each other's backs. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Spitfire (Wings #2)

Spitfire (Wings #2)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Greg is only happy when he's active - on the pitch or on his phone, it doesn't matter. But as soon as training's over or his host parent Steve takes the phone away, he's on edge. Steve suggests that Greg do something quiet with him, like making one of Steve's beloved Airfix kits. And the next thing Greg knows, he's in the cockpit of a Spitfire, being forced out of the sky by a German pilot! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Over the Line

Over the Line

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

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.

Flyboy (Wings #1)

Flyboy (Wings #1)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2016

Jatinder seems to be living his dream - he's training for his team's youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther are really great. But something's holding Jatinder back from being a really great footballer - himself. Steve reckons it's OK to take risks - look at his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik. That night Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation - flying Hardit's WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Rugby Academy Deadlocked

Rugby Academy Deadlocked

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Final title in a rugby trilogy. The Borderlands team has made it to the World Championships in New Zealand, but the strain of divisions within the squad and worry for their Forces parents' safety have the boys well and truly rattled. Can they pull it together and bring the trophy home? A sporting story set against the backdrop of war and the effect of conflict on the families of those serving overseas. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Surface to Air (Rugby Academy #1)

Surface to Air (Rugby Academy #1)

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2015

Second instalment of Tom Palmer's action-packed rugby trilogy set against the backdrop of war. The Borderlands boarding school rugby team have made it into the European Rugby Championship Tournament. They're enjoying their time in France, but Rory and the rest of the team can't help thinking about each of their parents, serving overseas in the growing conflict in the Central Asian Republic. Can the boys focus on the game enough to win the final and make it to the International Tournament? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Rugby Academy Combat Zone

Rugby Academy Combat Zone

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

First title in a rugby trilogy. Borderlands is no ordinary school - all of the students boarding there have parents in the armed forces, and the UK is drawing perilously close to war in the Middle East. New boy Woody is desperate to escape the school and find his way to his dad's military base, but his dad has been mobilised. He's gone. Worried and unhappy, Woody turns to the only thing that could help get him through - rugby. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Over the Line

Over the Line

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2014

Powerful historical novel about one footballer's experience in World War I, based on the little-known history of the Flanders Cup. 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. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 10+

First Football Game Band 04 Blue/Band 08 Purple

First Football Game Band 04 Blue/Band 08 Purple

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Join Sam as she goes to her first ever football game. This exciting narrative by Tom Palmer follows Sam's day from beginning to end, describing her journey to the stadium, the football songs she hears and the goals! *Collins Big Cat Phonics Progress books are specifically designed for struggling readers, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. This title has a text level of Band 4 / Blue, which provides longer, repeated patterns with sequential events, and an interest level of Band 8 / Purple. *Text type: A football story *On pages 14 to 15, children can recap and discuss the main elements of Sam's first football game. *Curriculum links: P.E.

Secret Fc

Secret Fc

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

The new headteacher is very strict about health and safety - and bans football from the playground. Lily, Zack and their friends are devastated, but when they find an old tennis court hidden away in the woods behind the school, they decide to keep playing as a brand new team - the Secret FC! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

What's a Bear to Wear

What's a Bear to Wear

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2013

Real Cricket Band 06 Orange/Band 16 Sapphire

Real Cricket Band 06 Orange/Band 16 Sapphire

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

As he spends his days playing makeshift cricket, Adnan dreams of playing the game professionally for a team. When one of Adnan's games ends with a damaged car, he fears his chances of practising will be over - his future all depends on what the owner of the car says to his parents ... This lovely story was written by Tom Palmer. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship; P.E.

The Penalty Band 08 Purple/Band 14 Ruby

The Penalty Band 08 Purple/Band 14 Ruby

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Lucas is the best in his football team at taking penalties. He never misses - ever. But one day that all changes and Lucas has to learn to deal with his mistake, finding a way of building up his confidence once again ... This thought-provoking story was written by Tom Palmer. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship, P.E.

The Squad: White Fear

The Squad: White Fear

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

The Squad have been summoned to the deadly and frozen land of the Arctic Circle by the British Prime Minister who has heard of their growing reputation as brilliant young spies. An unknown criminal is trying to hijack a world conference about the precious and much fought-over fuels that lie below the arctic ice. To prevent an international war breaking out, Lily, Lesh, Hatty, Adnan and Kester go undercover to find out who it is and stop them. But the beauty of the icy mountains and deep fjords hide some dangerous secrets and someone will do anything to make sure that the Squad don't discover them...

The Squad: Black Op

The Squad: Black Op

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

The Squad - kickass teenage spies with the perfect cover. They are also part of an England youth football team. Wherever trouble is kicking off, the Squad are sent in. They're more than a match for any kind of enemy. In the first book in this exciting new series from Foul Play author Tom Palmer, the Squad are sent to Krakow, Poland just before the Euro 2012 tournament there.

Barcelona Away

Barcelona Away

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2012

SPCK's prison fiction series not only encourages individuals in their reading but also in their rehabilitation. Stories explore the need for love and redemption that are at the heart of the Christian message, while not being overtly religious. Believable characters and situations, encouraging self-reflection and dealing with issues of choice, personal responsibility, and positive relationships. Discussion points at the end of each short chapter make the books ideal for use in reading groups. Matt likes nothing better than watching the football with his mates and a couple of pints. Being there when the action kicks off is even better. The problem is his little daughter doesn't want him to go.

Scrum!

Scrum!

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

One boy, two codes - How will he decide? When Steven's mother remarries and moves down south, Steven is torn between loyalty to his dad and a relationship with his mum's new husband. Maybe even worse, he might have to leave his beloved Rugby League behind for a new Rugby Union team. A fab story from the sports master Tom Palmer.

Foul Play: Own Goal

Foul Play: Own Goal

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Meet Danny Harte. Football fan and crime detective. Danny loves supporting his local team, City FC. So when everyone starts supporting the Italian team Forza FC, Danny is angry. His club is in jeopardy and needs their support. Danny decides to investigate the sudden popularity of the new team - starting with Forza's billionaire owner - and that's when the danger really kicks off. . . Can Danny uncover the sinister reasons behind Forza's success - and save City at the same time?

Foul Play: Killer Pass

Foul Play: Killer Pass

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

In recent months there has been a spate of burglaries at the houses of players from Danny's favourite football club, City FC. Danny wants to know who's behind it all and is on the case. But after scouting out the crime scenes, there are newspaper reports of a young boy having been seen hanging around. Danny needs to find out who's behind these crimes - and fast. If he doesn't, he might have turned from crime detective into the biggest suspect of them all...

Foul Play: Off Side

Foul Play: Off Side

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2010

When Danny Harte finds out there's been an anonymous foreign buy-out of his favourite club, City, he's furious - the fans were about to buy it themselves. The club is being secretive and Danny is determined to find out what's going on - until he's caught staking out the club by the police and cautioned. His parents are furious, and his friends too. No one is talking to him. But when Danny discovers Adam, a kid from Ghana, dumped by his agent who'd promised him a place as a junior at City, and lost in a foreign country he knows nothing about, Danny realizes there are worse ways of being alone. He decides to take Adam's story to the press - with terrifying consequences for them both . . .

The Secret Football Club

The Secret Football Club

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2010

James, Lily and friends have had some bad news - football is now banned at their school. But they all love football! So if they're not allowed to kick a ball the playground, they'll have to find another way to play - in secret...

Football Academy: Free Kick

Football Academy: Free Kick

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

The fifth book in the fast-paced Football Academy series. James has been a junior player at United for a long time. Everyone expects him to follow in his dad's footsteps and play for England one day. But James isn't so sure. He has something he wants to do even more than football. Something that means he would have to give up football. The problem is he doesn't want to disappoint his dad. At a tournament in London, where he is pitched against Arsenal and Chelsea players, James finally makes his mind up.

Foul Play: Dead Ball

Foul Play: Dead Ball

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Russian billionaire Dmitri Tupolev and a mystery Englishman agree to fix an important match in Russia's favour by intimidating the England goalie, Alex Finn. But Alex goes against their wishes. His punishment: an 'accidental' car crash and he's out of the return game in Russia. Something is going on with England's replacement goalie, and Danny soon finds himself caught up with the criminals of the footballing underworld. Will he unravel the match-fixing mystery?

Football Academy: Reading the Game

Football Academy: Reading the Game

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Ben is at his happiest playing for United and is getting top marks from the coach. But every day at school is a trial for Ben, as he struggles to hide a huge secret from his teachers and classmates. Ben's secret is starting to affect his game - can he swallow his pride and ask for help before he sidelines himself - for good?

Football Academy: The Real Thing

Football Academy: The Real Thing

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

United's under-twelves are in Poland for a tournament. Goal-keeper Tomasz is very excited to be playing in his home country, but team captain Ryan thinks Poland are rubbish - in fact, he thinks everything Polish is rubbish. Ryan's behaviour causes trouble both on and off the pitch. Can Ryan and Tomasz tackle their differences - or will Ryan's bullying foul United's chance of success?

Football Academy: Boys United

Football Academy: Boys United

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Boys United: the first book in the Football Academy series by Tom Palmer Jake loves football and dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He's worried about his height though - what if he's too small for football? But on the day of his trial Jake is quick on the ball and scores - he's made it! Jake can't wait to pull on his shirt and join the team. But someone at the club wants to make his life difficult. Can Jake face up to the bullies and become man of the match again? Stay on the ball this season with the first four stories following the boys in United's under-twelves. As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, and has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years. He is the author of the Football Detective series, also for Puffin Books. Tom lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and daughter. Also by Tom Palmer: Football Academy: Boys United; Striking Out; Free Kick; Captain Fantastic Foul Play: Foul Play; Killer Pass; Dead Ball; Own Goal; Off Side The Squad: White Fear; Black Op

Football Academy: Striking Out

Football Academy: Striking Out

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Striking Out: the second book in the Football Academy series by Tom Palmer Yunis can't believe that he's United leading scorer. It should be the happiest time of his life, but his father wants him to give up football and work hard at school. Can Yunis convince his dad that he can do both, or will he have to hang up his boots forever? Stay on the ball this season with all the action from Football Academy. As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, and has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years. He is the author of the Football Detective series, also for Puffin Books. Tom lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and daughter. Also by Tom Palmer: Football Academy: Boys United; Striking Out; Free Kick; Captain Fantastic Foul Play: Foul Play; Killer Pass; Dead Ball; Own Goal; Off Side The Squad: White Fear; Black Op

Football Academy: Captain Fantastic

Football Academy: Captain Fantastic

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2009

An exciting football series, following the adventures of United's under-twelves side. Since Ryan Flynn got into trouble for bullying, he's been determined to pull his socks up and be the best captain United's ever had. So when team-mate Craig causes problems on - and off - the pitch, Ryan knows he must get to the bottom of it or he'll lose a talented player. But Craig's worries are much bigger than Ryan realized - can he help Craig and stop him from being shown the red card?

Foul Play

Foul Play

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Foul Play: the second book in this crime fighting series by Tom Palmer Danny is obsessed with two things: football - especially City Football Club - and investigating crimes. So when England and City footballing hero Sam Roberts is reported missing the day after Danny saw him being taken, blindfolded, into the bowels of the City FC stadium late at night, he's determined to get to the bottom of it. But is Danny getting into something he can't handle? As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, and has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years. He is the author of the Football Detective series, also for Puffin Books. Tom lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and daughter. Also by Tom Palmer: Football Academy: Boys United; Striking Out; Free Kick; Captain Fantastic Foul Play: Foul Play; Killer Pass; Dead Ball; Own Goal; Off Side The Squad: White Fear; Black Op