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    The new Tom Gates book, Ten Tremendous Tales, is coming out on 18th February 2021. Ten Tremendous Tales is Tom Gates Book Number 18 in the brilliant series by Liz Pichon. If you're looking for a Tom Gates book this summer, then check out the Tom Gates Big Book of Fun Stuff activity book instead.

    In terms of an age recommendation, I think these are great books for ages 8+ and if you want to start at the beginning, the first Tom Gates book is The Brilliant World of Tom Gateswhich was first published in 2011. 

    You don't have to read the Tom Gates books in order, but if you do want to, you can see the correct order below.

    This quirky, funny, highly-illustrated, fiction series follows life’s ups and downs of chaotic but loveable Tom, Delia, his old sister, his parents and of course his best friend Derek and his arch enemy, Marcus. Written by award-winning author and illustrator Liz Pichon, Tom is a master of excuses (especially when it comes to homework), creative storyteller and doodler and middle-school comedian extraordinaire. 
     
    Proving hugely popular, the Tom Gates series has been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. There are 15 books in the main series, all packed full of brilliant illustrations, making them ideal for all young readers but especially reluctant readers and children who may relate to Tom’s own struggles with dyslexia.   

    There has also been a stage production, Tom Gates Live, which has travelled throughout the UK. There are currently no new dates planned.

    All the Tom Gates books in order:

    Book 1: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2011)
    Book 2: Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff) (2011)
    Book 3: Everything's Amazing (sort of) (2012)
    Book 4: Genius Ideas (Mostly) (2012)
    Book 5: Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) (2013)
    Book 6: Extra Special Treats (not) (2014)
    Book 7: A Tiny Bit Lucky (2015)
    Book 8: Yes! No (Maybe) (2015)
    Book 9: Top of the Class (Nearly) (2016)
    Book 10: Super Good Skills (Almost...) (2017)
    Book 11: Dog Zombies Rule (for Now) (2017)
    Book 12: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures (2018)
    Book 13: Epic Adventure (Kind of) (2018)
    Book 14: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans (2018)
    Book 15: What Monster? (2018)
    Book 16: Mega Make and Do (and Stories Too!) (2019)
    Book 17: Spectacular School Trip (Really.) (2019)
    Book 18: Ten Tremendous Tales (18th Feb 2021)

    Activity Book Tom Gates: Big Book of Fun Stuff (July 2020)

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    You can see other titles, not in the main series, like Tom Gates Music Book, if you click on the "Other Titles" tab below.

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

    The first book in the bestselling Tom Gates series of books from the brilliantly talented Liz Pichon. ... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff)

    "No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!) I can forget ALL about lessons (and irritating things like Marcus Meldrew). And ... More

    (19 reviews)
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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Everything's Amazing (sort of)

    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Back to schoo... More

    (24 reviews)
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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Genius Ideas (Mostly)

    "Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in s... More

    (15 reviews)
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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things)

    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News... More

    (16 reviews)
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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Tom Gates Extra Special Treats (... not)

    It's really cold outside and we're all hoping it's going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and ... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    A Tiny Bit Lucky

    Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Awa... More

    (12 reviews)
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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Yes! No (Maybe...)

    The laugh-out-loud Tom Gates is back in another brilliant instalment of Liz Pichon's bestselling illustrated series. Som... More

    (18 reviews)
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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Top of the Class (Nearly)

    From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers - Red House Children's Book Award... More

    (17 reviews)
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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Super Good Skills (Almost...)

    Look out! Tom, Delia and the whole Gates family are going on holiday. How will Tom manage to keep himself busy on ... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule (For now)

    Here's my EXCELLENT PLAN to make DogZombies the BEST band in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! How hard can it be? ... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

    In the next hilarious illustrated instalment of Tom Gates, Mr Fullerman has a class assignment: a family tree! Tom... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of)

    The brand new hilarious and fully-illustrated instalment of the bestselling Tom Gates series! Having two se... More

    (14 reviews)
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    Book 14
    Book 14

    Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans

    The fourteenth title in the bestselling Tom Gates series of books from the brilliantly talented Liz ... More

    (13 reviews)
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    Book 15
    Book 15

    Tom Gates 15: What Monster?

    The fifteenth title in the bestselling Tom Gates series of books from the brilliantly talented Liz ... More

    (15 reviews)
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    Book 16
    Book 16

    Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do (and Stories Too!)

    The sixteenth title in the bestselling series, from the brilliantly talented Liz Pichon. When Mum... More

    (8 reviews)
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    Book 17
    Book 17

    Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.)

    The seventeenth laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated Tom Gates adventure! Tom's doing everything pos... More

    (20 reviews)
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    Book 18
    Book 18

    Tom Gates 18: Ten Tremendous Tales (HB)

    The absolutely brilliant, extra special new bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illust... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    Tom Gates: Big Book of Fun Stuff

    Don't get bored - get busy! The must-have activity book for fans of Tom Gates: packed with drawin... More

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    Book 24
    Book 24

    Tom Gates 19:Random Acts of Fun

    The top-of-the-class, extra special new bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illustrato... More

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    Book 25
    Book 25

    Tom Gates 18: Ten Tremendous Tales (PB)

    The absolutely brilliant, extra special NUMBER ONE bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and... More

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