Roy of the Rovers


Illustrated middle grade fiction title starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!

Illustrated by Lisa Henke

Published by: Rebellion Publishing

Publication Dates:
Book 1:Scouted                  out now!
Book 2:Teamwork             out now!
Book 3: Playoffs                 May 2019

Book 1 : Scouted

Roy Race is a totally normal 16 year old – he just happens to be the best footballer his age in Melchester, too.  Trouble is, he’s so good that he’s not playing against kids his age any more.

Roy’s playing in the Under 18s, and that means rough tackles, tough games, and not as many goals as he’s used to scoring.  The scouts from Roy’s beloved Melchester Rovers are on the lookout for new talent.  Now’s the time to show what he’s made of. But is he big enough?  Fit  enough?  Talented enough?

Somewhere in between looking after his poorly dad and keeping an eye on his wild little sister, he’s going to find out. It’s not going to be easy, but if he’s going to become Roy of the Rovers, young Racey better get his boots on and show what he can do…

“Scouted has everything that a football fan needs… match day action, local club rivalry, modern football politics, trials, crunching tackles, tricks, misses and goals. But this is much more than a book about the beautiful game, because it also has everything that today’s children need as they grow up. It is jam-packed with positive role models, girls involvement in Women’s Football, respect, mental well-being, good work ethic, education and aspiration. Tom Palmer expertly weaves all of this together with friendship, family and a great little plot.”   Books for Topics 

Book 2 : Teamwork out now!

The second instalment of the brand new series of illustrated middle grade fiction titles starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!
Roy Race has it all: all the skill, all the talent, and all the eyes on him now he’s broken into the Melchester Rovers first team at only 16 years old.
Except, of course, there’s more to life than football. His dad’s in a wheelchair and needs looking after, his mum is working all hours, and his sister? His sister wants to play football too, and she won’t leave Roy alone until he helps her do something about it…
Join us for amazing scenes, incredible tekkers, and all the thrills, sprills and drama of football!

The new era of Roy of the Rovers continues!

With graphic novels by
Rob Williams (Author) 
Ben Willsher (Author)

I’m thrilled to be writing a new series of middle grade fiction for the ROY OF THE ROVERS reboot with internationally acclaimed comics writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Superman: Action Comics) and artist Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine)

Millions of girls and boys dream about being their favourite football player and being scouted and playing for their favourite team. I had that dream. Sadly it didn’t come true for me.

But, being scouted and succeeding in my trial to write Roy of the Rovers fiction is a dream that has come true. There is no other fictional footballer I would rather be and write. And I intend to write these books with the same passion and commitment  Roy shows when he pulls on the red and yellow of Melchester Rovers! 

Read a Q&A with the Rebellion team behind rebooting  Roy here 

Listen to our Totally Football Show podcast here


A picture of Roy for you to colour in and design a new football kit for Melchester Rovers here.

For FREE Roy poster pack and bookmarks for your school email “Roy poster pack” to

NEW Roy of the Rovers schools competition with the National Literacy Trust!  Ends 30 April 2019. More here



Buy the Books

Book 1 : Scouted available here

Book 2 : Teamwork available here 

Keep in touch with how the series is progressing and get a newsletter reminder when it is out, email “Roy Reminder” to . 

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