Combat ZoneWelcome!  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.

I am the author of three Puffin fiction series for children including Football Academy and Foul Play.  I’ve also written a new children’s Rugby Academy series starting with Combat Zone for Barrington Stoke.   My first novel Foul Play was short listed for the Blue Peter Book Award.   Ghost Stadium won the Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award 2014.  More awards here.

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

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“One of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian

Rugby Academy Live Online StoryRugby World Cup 2015

I’m working with England Rugby to mark this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, with lots of free resources from here including:

  • It is not too late to catch up with the online classroom readable story, more HERE
  • Posters
  • READ RUGBY – A toolkit of ideas to use rugby to help encourage reading for pleasure.

Christmas 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. Christmas orders will receive a special card from me, with an original illustration by James Innerdale.  Last day for UK Christmas orders is 21st December 2015.

“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.

Tom Palmer Rugby Paper AdNEW Rugby Academy series

Fifteen Boys
Three Tournaments
Only One Game

Deadlocked, the last book in my Rugby Academy trilogy, published by Barrington Stoke isjust out now!

Rugby World Cup – meet me here.

First World War

ISBN 9781787723935

Over the Line  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

Visit the new online resource from Barrington Stoke packed with videos, playscripts, diaries and posters exploring the themes of the novels Over the Line by Tom Palmer and Tilly’s Promise by Linda Newbery, covering topics including soldiers in the trenches, football and football battalions, nursing and the Home Front. www.readingwar.co.uk/

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

Read about my other books by selecting from the side menu or here.

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 Children

Football Academy Foul Play
Football Academy & Foul Play

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

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

Find out more about my books for children here or choose a book from the side menu.

My Books for Adults

Four Fathers

Find out about my books for adults here.
Email me here for more information.





My new website is a work in progress, so please do let us know here if you find any missing links. Thanks.

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