My Books for Children

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

NEW Kindle books

FREE to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers or just 99p.

Football Academy : Teamwork  Buy here 

Foul Play : The Danger Academy  Buy here

NEW Defenders series

Spine-tingling, spooky football adventures. The past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think.  Great way into KS2 history.  Published by Barrington Stoke.


1: Killing Ground  (Vikings and Anglo Saxons) Buy here
2: Dark Arena  (Iron Age Celts) Buy here
3: Pitch Invasion (Roman Britain) Buy here

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

Buy the collection here.

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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Buy the collection here.

Wings series

Jatinder, Greg, Maddie and Jess are at a football summer camp near an old airfield when they  find themselves mysteriously 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. More here.

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Buy the collection here

Rugby Academy

Fifteen Boys  …Three Tournaments …  Only One Game


Buy the collection here

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.

Black Op cover White Fear cover  

Buy the pair here

Other Books

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

  Ghost Stadium cover   Scrum! cover   Secret FC cover   

Buy them here

Go Turbo books combine fact and fiction





Buy them here

Collins Big Cat Progress books

Specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level.


First Football Game


Buy them here

Football 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.

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

Buy here.

Rugby League stories :






More 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 or facebook message .  

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 here for more information or use my contact form here.
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Children's Author