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FlyboyToppsta  Summer Reading Guide 2017 includes Over the Line 

2016 Wings: Flyboy is on the longlist for the Leicester Our Best Book award 2017.

Awards and Selections

2008 Foul Play chosen for Booked Up

Foul Play shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award

2008 Foul Play shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Award

2009 Foul Play shortlisted for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year

Emily Palmer (no relation!) from St Michaels RC School was the winner in the Highly Commended category for her review of Foul Play by Tom Palmer.

2009 Foul Play shortlisted for Calderdale Book of the Year Primary Section

2009 Foul Play 2 : Dead Ball shortlisted for Rotherham Children’s Book Award

2009 Football Academy 1 : Boys United shortlisted for Doncaster Book Award

2009 Football Academy 3 : The Real Thing longlisted for The Fantastic Book Awards (F.B.A), organised by Lancashire School Library Service

2011 Foul Play 3 : Offside shortlisted for Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year Awards

2011 Foul Play 4 : Killer Pass longlisted for Doncaster Book Award

2012 The Secret Football Club longlisted for The Fantastic Book Awards (F.B.A), organised by Lancashire School Library Service

2012 Foul Play 5 : Own Goal longlisted for Red House Children’s Book Award for Younger Readers

2012 Scrum! shortlisted for Sheffield Children’s Book Award

Solihull Children's Book Award
Solihull Children’s Book Award

2013 The Squad : Black Op wins the Solihull Children’s Book Award thanks to voting by children in the borough’s schools.

2013 The Squad : Black Op shortlisted for the Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award

2013 Secret FC selected by the Book Trust for inclusion in their School Library Pack!   Around 4000 English schools will receive this pack, funded by the Department of Education, as a way to encourage reading with the students.

OBB trophy
our best book award

2014 Ghost Stadium wins Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award thanks to the votes from children at the city’s primary schools.

2014 Foul Play chosen as one the 100 readformyschool titles.

2014 Over the Line and Own Goal are selected for Bookspace‘s Top 20 Most Read Football Books for KS1-KS4.

2014 Over the Line selected for Exeter’s City Read for the year.

2014 Ghost Stadium selected for Bookbuzz 2014.

leicester libraries2014 Over the Line is longlisted for the 2015 Portsmouth Book Award.

2015 Over the Line is on the prestigious Recommended Reads list in the Historical fiction category for Read for My School.

2015 Ghost Stadium is awarded the Birmingham Catholic Diocese Schools Book Award.

2015 Over the Line is shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award.

cov2016 Rugby Academy : Combat Zone is a finalist for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award 2016!



2016 Rugby Academy : Combat Zone  is on the Scottish First Minister’s Reading Challenge 



big-friendly-read2016 Wings: Flyboy –  is on Leicester Libraries ‘The Big Friendly Read book list for children’




huff-post2016 Wings: Flyboy –  is on the Booktrust’s Top 20 books for Reluctant Readers 




2017 Over the Line is reviewed for the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award here.

2017 Toppsta  Summer Reading Guide  includes Over the Line. 


Other Accolades

Chris Bradford top 5 books
Chris Bradford’s Top 5

2013 The Squad : White Fear listed in Chris Bradford’s “Top 5 books Every Child Should Read Before They’re 12″

2013 Scrum! listed as one of New Zealand School Librarian Ali Hewett’s “100 Great Books Before Lunch”

2013 Ghost Stadium is nominated one of the “Ten of the Best Books to Make Reading Irresistible” by Marilyn Brocklehurst from Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

Marilyn said, “This book allows you to access a great story and at the same time offers the opportunity to read more fluently. Tom Palmer is a champion for reluctant readers and works tirelessly to attract children – and particularly boys – to pick up a book. Ghost Stadium is thrilling from the very first paragraph. The combination of Tom and Barrington Stoke is perfect since this publisher has provided an excellent range of books to encourage children who are reluctant readers simply because they struggle with the practicalities of reading.”

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