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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

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

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. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.