At Lipson Co-operative Academy
At Lipson Co-operative Academy

Welcome!  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

Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  Black Op awarded The one Show2013 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

DSC_0042My NEW Wings series is about  four children at a football summer camp who find themselves flying  the great RAF planes – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon.  A cracking read” Bali Rai

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

I have written Over the Line, Scrum!, Secret FC and Ghost Stadium for Barrington Stoke in dyslexia friendly formats.   Over the Line deserves to sit alongside War Horse and Private Peaceful on any school bookshelf.”  Helena Pielichaty

Sign up for my regular newsletter for readers and teachers with exclusive extracts and new literacy activities here.  “Tom Palmer is definitely in the premier league of children’s authors with an impressive back catalogue of soccer stories.” Mumsnet


NEW Wings : Flyboy

ISBN 9781781125359

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.

CZKpLT2UgAEL5-p“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. It is a cracking read.” Bali Rai

More here

Euroe 2016 and the Battle of the Somme
2016 Somme Centenary

I  am writing another free live story for the National Literacy Trust to tie in with this June’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  It will be set during the Euro 2016 football tournament and the main characters will be school pupils on a battlefield tour and First World War soldiers.  Please email admin @ tompalmer.co.uk for a reminder when the story goes live on June 13th.

Chapter 1 is now available from here.

The toolkit is available from here.

over the line picMore information about this and other First World War Literacy Resources (Posters, Videos, First Chapter, A Short Story, Quiz, Playscripts and Classroom Discussion Guides using Over the Line and Wings : Flyboyare here. 

“Over the Line has been a massive success this term.  Many of my reluctant readers have turned a corner so thank you very much!” Bradley Stoke Community School

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FREE 5 part ghost story.   Bringing the history of Leeds to life  with Leeds School Library Service.

Chapters 1-5, Certificates and Story Writing Competition are all here .

Follow the adventures of three pupils across Leeds  …  across time

Iron Age     Romans     Anglo Saxons     Vikings     Now


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If you missed my @EngRugbySchools story,  it is here.

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

Awards latest

covFeb 2016 Rugby Academy : Combat Zone  is a finalist for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award 2016!

More awards here.


ShapeAuthor Visits

When I visit schools, libraries and festivals, I am usually asked to do my Football Reading Game or my Rugby Reading Game.
“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution 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

More on author visits here.  


Signed Books

Christmas signed books

Order signed and dedicated books direct by emailing me here ! Books will be despatched on receipt of the order form that we’ll email you.

RRP plus £1 post & packing. FREE P&P if you order more than 1 book for the same UK address! (Delivery outside the UK at cost.)

A great present for boys and girls with a personalised card from me.

“Just to let you know that the books arrived safely yesterday, complete with beautiful gift wrapping. Thanks so much ” Fiona

“Thank you so much for the book and card, safely arrived. My son will be thrilled with these – he is a reformed non-reader since discovering Tom’s books and I thank you very much for this! “Julie

“Jordan was so surprised to receive the books for his birthday and couldn’t believe that they were actually signed by Tom! The expression on his face was priceless. He was so rapt he took them to school to show his friends. They were definitely a gift he will long remember.” Kellie, Australia

Find out more about buying my books 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

Rugby Academy
Rugby Academy

The Rugby Academy books are about Fifteen Boys…Three Tournaments and Only One Game.

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 

ISBN 9781787723935

Over 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 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 Books for Adults

Four Fathers

Find out about my books for adults here.
Email me here for more information or use my contact form here.





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