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Tom Palmer

  • 5 stars across 49 books
    Tom Palmer is originally from Leeds and credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He draws on this experience in his top-selling sports fiction for children, including the series Football Academy and Foul Play. Tom has a background in reader development and today travels all over the UK with his immensely popular rugby and football reading games. Tom lives in Halifax.
    6th September 2018

    Armistice Runner

    Lily has lots of worries. She's struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, she's losing her gran to Alz... More

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    9th May 2016

    Over the Line

    It's 1914 and Jack is making his debut as a pro footballer. But his first match is marred by a demonstration demanding t... More

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    6th June 2017

    Killing Ground (Defenders #1)

    Everyone is freaked out when circles of scorched earth start appearing in Halifax - on the moors, the parks and even the... More

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    1st October 2014

    Rugby Academy: Combat Zone

    First title in a rugby trilogy. Borderlands is no ordinary school - all of the students boarding there have parents in... More

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    5th May 2011

    Foul Play: Own Goal

    Meet Danny Harte. Football fan and crime detective. Danny loves supporting his local team, City FC. So when everyone st... More

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    2nd April 2009

    Football Academy: Striking Out

    Striking Out: the second book in the Football Academy series by Tom Palmer Yunis can't believe that he's Un... More

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    2nd July 2009

    Football Academy: Reading the Game

    Ben is at his happiest playing for United and is getting top marks from the coach. But every day at school is a trial ... More

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    1st August 2013

    Football Shorts

    Big match writing from the best in the game... Billy's telling tall stories about his "famous" grandfather, Raphael sus... More

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    7th April 2014

    Formula 1

    Formula 1 races are world famous for being exciting and fast-paced, involving the most up-to-date cars. Find out how the... More

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    1st June 2006

    Ghost School

    Grey Arthur finally knows where he belongs - at the side of Tom Golden - as his invisible friend. He's been thinkin... More

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    9th March 2016

    Flyboy (Wings #1)

    Jatinder seems to be living his dream - he's training for his team's youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther ... More

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    6th August 2009

    Foul Play: Dead Ball

    Russian billionaire Dmitri Tupolev and a mystery Englishman agree to fix an important match in Russia's favour by intimi... More

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    3rd September 2009

    Football Academy: Free Kick

    The fifth book in the fast-paced Football Academy series. James has been a junior player at United for a long time. Eve... More

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    1st May 2013

    Real Cricket: Band 06 Orange/Band 16 Sapphire

    As he spends his days playing makeshift cricket, Adnan dreams of playing the game professionally for a team. When one ... More

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    1st May 2013

    The Penalty: Band 08 Purple/Band 14 Ruby

    Lucas is the best in his football team at taking penalties. He never misses - ever. But one day that all changes and L... More

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    3rd May 2012

    The Squad: Black Op

    The Squad - kickass teenage spies with the perfect cover. They are also part of an England youth football team. Wherever... More

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    7th October 2010

    Foul Play: Killer Pass

    In recent months there has been a spate of burglaries at the houses of players from Danny's favourite football club, C... More

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    6th September 2012

    The Squad: White Fear

    The Squad have been summoned to the deadly and frozen land of the Arctic Circle by the British Prime Minister who has he... More

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    2nd April 2009

    Football Academy: Boys United

    Boys United: the first book in the Football Academy series by Tom Palmer Jake loves football and dreams of ... More

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    1st August 2013

    Secret Fc

    The new headteacher is very strict about health and safety - and bans football from the playground. Lily, Zack and the... More

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    1st October 2011

    Scrum!

    One boy, two codes - How will he decide? When Steven's mother remarries and moves down south, Steven is torn between l... More

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    29th January 2009

    Football Academy: Captain Fantastic

    An exciting football series, following the adventures of United's under-twelves side. Since Ryan Flynn got into trouble... More

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    2nd July 2009

    Football Academy: The Real Thing

    United's under-twelves are in Poland for a tournament. Goal-keeper Tomasz is very excited to be playing in his home coun... More

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    6th May 2010

    Foul Play: Off Side

    When Danny Harte finds out there's been an anonymous foreign buy-out of his favourite club, City, he's furious - the fan... More

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    7th April 2016

    The Penalty

    Football, corruption and dark secrets collide in the thrilling sequel to the award-winning Keeper by Carnegie Medal-winn... More

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    2nd September 2013

    First Football Game: Band 04 Blue/Band 08 Purple

    Join Sam as she goes to her first ever football game. This exciting narrative by Tom Palmer follows Sam's day from beg... More

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    4th June 2015

    Rugby Academy: Deadlocked

    Final title in a rugby trilogy. The Borderlands team has made it to the World Championships in New Zealand, but the stra... More

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    3rd February 2015

    Surface to Air (Rugby Academy #1)

    Second instalment of Tom Palmer's action-packed rugby trilogy set against the backdrop of war. The Borderlands boarding ... More

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    1st May 2008

    Foul Play

    Foul Play: the second book in this crime fighting series by Tom Palmer Danny is obsessed with two things: football - es... More

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    4th March 2014

    Over the Line

    Powerful historical novel about one footballer's experience in World War I, based on the little-known history of the Fla... More

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    3rd August 2016

    Typhoon (Wings #3)

    Sisters Maddie and Jess are new to the football school. They bicker all the time, they never agree and they constantly t... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Spitfire (Wings #2)

    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... More

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    7th April 2014

    Real Cricket

    As he spends his days playing makeshift cricket, Adnan dreams of playing the game professionally for a team. When one of... More

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    19th July 2016

    Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Gyda'n Gilydd

    Jake Oldfield is a talented footballer who plays for the village team. Although he is small, he dreams he will, one day,... More

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    19th July 2016

    Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

    Yunis Khan is a talented striker who hopes to become a successful footballer. To please his father, he works through the... More

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    5th January 2017

    Secret Fc

    Lily, Zack and Khal can't believe it when the new headmaster at their school bans football in the playground. What are a... More

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    26th July 2017

    Dark Arena (Defenders #2)

    It's meant to be a stress-free holiday in London, but suddenly Seth and Nadiya will need all their skills asDefenders. G... More

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    7th November 2017

    Pitch Invasion (Defenders #3)

    A tense Seth is waiting to hear if his mum's got the 'all-clear'. But instead of relaxing in Cornwall, Seth is haunted b... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Gus the Famous Football Cat

    A funny and heartwarming story about a girl and her pet cat, who becomes a World Cup celebrity! There's a football ch... More

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    4th October 2018

    Roy Of The Rovers: Scouted (Fiction 1)

    Times are tough for Melchester Rovers. Languishing at the bottom of League Two, the once-proud powerhouse of British foo... More

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    7th February 2019

    Roy of the Rovers: Teamwork (Fiction 2)

    The second instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers ,... More

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    2nd May 2019

    Roy of the Rovers: Playoffs (Fiction 3)

    The third instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers , ... More

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    2nd May 2019

    D-Day Dog

    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 ... More

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    6th June 2019

    Rugby Academy

    Borderlands First XV have their sights set on becoming the best school rugby team in the world. But while the boys focus... More

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    19th September 2019

    Roy of the Rovers Fiction 4

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

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