hay 2016 croppedWelcome!  I hope this website will help readers, parents, teachers and librarians find out more about me and my books. But if you want to know something particular email me here or use my contact form here.

I am the author of three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad.  An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times

The one ShowFoul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  Black Op awarded 2013 Solihull Children’s Book of the Year.  Ghost Stadium won 2014 Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award.  More awards here . “One of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian

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“Tom Palmer is definitely in the premier league of children’s authors with an impressive back catalogue of soccer stories.” Mumsnet

NEW book : Killing Ground

Spine-tingling, spooky football adventures. The past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think.

Book 1  in the Defenders series
Published by Barrington Stoke
Read Chapter 1 of Killing Ground here

Great way into KS2 history :
Killing Ground out NOW! (Vikings and Anglo Saxons)
Dark Arena August (Iron Age Celts)
Pitch Invasion November (Roman Britain) 

Available now from Amazon


Guided Reading

A FREE pack  full of different literacy ideas for the classroom, library or at home to accompany Wings 1 : Flyboy.

Download your pack here.
More literacy resources here.


NEW Classroom Reads

I am writing a NEW Classroom Reads for the National Literacy Trust starting 3 July 2017 (see here).

Dutch Diaries is a mini-story that will follow the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros .  The Literacy with the Lionesses toolkit is available to download now from here.

More free stories here.


Awards & selections

Toppsta  Summer Reading Guide for 2017 includes Over the Line 

Wings: Flyboy is on the longlist for the Leicester Our Best Book award 2017.

“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust

More awards here.


Author Visits

I am available to visit schools, libraries and festivals from Spring 2018 offering:

“The work of this author is making a valuable contribShapeution to improving pupils’ writing.” Ofsted  

“The impact of last year’s visit was massive and has really helped us develop reading with our current year 6 group. In reading surveys and discussions your books always get a mention and are still read by a lot of the year group.” Green Lane Primary School

“There is no doubt that Tom Palmer has a Growth Mindset!”  Reigate St Mary’s

More on my school author visits here.  


My Books for Children

Football Academy series
Football Academy series

Football Academy (7+) series follows the challenges – on and off the pitch – of the players at an under-twelve Premier League academy.

“This is one of the first proper books I have read on my own, sometimes I get a bit bored with some books, but your book is brilliant – the best book I have read ever” Finn Tierney

Foul Play series
Foul Play series

The Foul Play (9+) books are about a fourteen year-old boy who investigates football crimes, like kidnapped players and murdered managers.

“Tom’s books have been read more than other books that have been in the library for years!  It makes me smile when some boys come to the desk with their friends and it is a competition between them about how many of Tom’s books they have each read!” Carol Dwan, Harrowden Middle School

The Wings series is about  four children at a football summer camp near an old airfield who find themselves propelled back in time.

If they can learn how to fly the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon, history will lead them on a flightpath home to the present.

I am proud to be the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residence.  More here

“Flyboy is a wonderful, warm tale. Stories highlighting the diversity of Britain’s troops during both world wars are rare and this one deserves a wide audience.” Bali Rai

“Biggles books for the 21st century.” RAF Museum 


Rugby Academy
Rugby Academy

The Rugby Academy series is set at a rugby-mad boarding school (with many parents in the British armed forces) heading for the National Schools  Rugby Championships.  “Turning book-phobic boys into page-turning maniacs” Sunday Telegraph

Combat Zone  –  Amazon
Surface to Air –  Amazon

Rating: 5/5 “pacey, but also thought-provoking … This is just the thing to whet the appetites of rugby-mad children” Rugby World 

OTL-new coverOver the Line 
is a powerful historical novel about one footballer’s experience in the First World War.

“Over the Line is a perfect class read to accompany any KS2 and KS3 (Y7&8) topic on the period. It’s also an engaging read for football fans of any age. In my opinion, it deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf.” Helena Pielichaty

“A gripping story which which draws on both the horrors of WW1 and the power of football.” Mumsnet

First World War literacy resources here.

Find out more about all my other books for children here including  Scrum!, Secret FC and Ghost Stadium or choose a book from the side menu.


NEW Resources

Football Readers Pack
Football Readers Pack

The Football Readers Pack includes six posters with new ideas to encourage reluctant readers to read for pleasure, featuring real reading boys from across Britain, Ireland and Australia.  Based on the Football Academy series.

Download Football Readers.

“WOW! It’s brilliant.  Our boys will love it” Librarian, QEGS

“I think pupils in the academy will definitely love it “ Librarian, Oldknow Academy

More Literacy resources for all my other books are here.


My new website is always a work in progress, so please do let us know here or use my contact form here to report any missing links. Thanks.

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