My Books for Children

Find out more about my books for children by clicking on the covers below, try a chapter at Free Reads or watch videos of me reading here.

NEW Defenders

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

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 2017 (Iron Age Celts)
Pitch Invasion November 2017 (Roman Britain) 

Available to pre-order on Amazon

Football Academy series

The Puffin Football Academy books are about the boys in an under-twelve Premier League side:

Boys United cover Striking Out cover The Real Thing cover Reading the Game cover Free Kick cover Captain Fantastic cover

Foul Play series

The Puffin Foul Play series feature a fourteen-year-old boy called Danny Harte who wants to solve football crimes:

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Wings is about four children at a football summer camp, 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 back to the present.

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Wings 1: Flyboy  Amazon
Wings 2: Spitfire  Amazon
Wings 3: Typhoon Amazon 

Rugby AcademyRugby Academy

Fifteen Boys
Three Tournaments
Only One Game

Combat Zone  –  Amazon
Surface to AirAmazon
Deadlocked – Amazon

The Squad series

International espionage and football action combine when these teenage spies are sent to the world’s toughest trouble spots, going undercover with the England youth team.  The world’s in danger and only The Squad can save us.

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Other Books

Click on the covers for more about these stories published by Barrington Stoke:

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Personal Best

These stories are the result of careful collaboration between me and a large number of young people and adults on both Alderney and Guernsey. To kick off the writing process, I visited all of Guernsey’s High Schools and St Anne’s School in Alderney. I met with groups of Year 7s to discuss possible storylines. From these meetings grew the twelve stories.

More here.


Go Turbo books combine fact and fiction



Collins Big Cat Progress books

Specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading.

Big Cat books

ISBN 9781406332612Football Shorts: Big Match Writing from the Best in the Game, edited by Tom Watt.

My story “Murder at Manor Park!” is included in this great collection of short football stories available here.

The royalties from the sale of this book go to the National Literacy Trust.

Rugby stories

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Read more about my 2013 Rugby World Cup stories here.

The Last Try

ISBN 978902039251
ISBN 978902039251

Commemorates the life of Jack Harrison, the Hull FC hero killed in the First World War.
Illustrated by James Innerdale.

Find out more about Jack here.

Published by Kingston Press.
Copies available from Hull Libraries telephone 01482 210000 , tweet@hull_libraries or email lending.library @, facebook mesasage

last try packFREE SCHOOLS PACK produced by Hull Libraries here. 

Incredible Edible Story

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Read a pdf version of this special story, illustrated by Juliet Breese here.

Shaking Hands With Michael RooneyShaking Hands with Michael Rooney

My first book for children was commissioned by Leeds Libraries. I called it originally Shaking Hands with Alan Smith.   It was later published by Grassroots as Shaking Hands with Michael Rooney.  Can you guess why and how the name changed?

Its out of print now, which is a shame as it has beautiful illustrations by artist James Innerdale. Its worth looking out for, especially as it has a good section on encouraging children to be football readers and writers.

Email me for more information here or use my contact form here.

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