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“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust

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I am the author of over sixty children’s books.  16 books for Barrington Stoke including 6 award-winning historical fiction titles and three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The SquadFoul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times.   More awards here.  

Discover what I am currently writing here.
Read my Summer Term newsletter here.

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

What’s on offer this term, Summer 2024

  • NEW Angel of Grasmere NEW historical fiction preview
  • Book now! Online event
  • Meet me! In person events
  • NEW Rocky Race Soccer Diaries
  • May 2024 new audio books
  • Autumn Term Author visits

More here Summer 2024 Highlights

May 2024 – new Historical Fiction

“Angel of Grasmere” is my next children’s historical fiction adventure, set in the English Lakes at the start of the Second World War.

In the darkest of days, that’s when the miracles begin…


More about researching and writing and free literacy resources to accompany Angel of Grasmere here Sign up for a reminder to get an advance chapter and for more here tompalmer.co.uk/new-writing/

BUY Signed and dedicated copies personalised to order from Sam Read Books, Grasmere here.  www.samreadbooks.co.uk/product/AngelGrasmere/12997

Meet me 2024 – Online Events

Tuesday 9 May 11am Angel of Grasmere, from Dunkirk to the Fells

80 year Dunkirk Anniversary – A Commemoration Special with Mr Dilly and Tom Palmer

Book Now FREE



Meet me 2024 – In Person Events

Saturday 27th April, 10 am Thoughtful Spot bookshop, Halifax (launching Rocky’s Big Move)

Tuesday 7th May, 3 pm Sam Read Booksellers, Grasmere (launching Angel of Grasmere)

Thursday 30 May 2024 11-3pm Imperial War Museum North

Friday 31 May 2024  11-3pm Imperial War Museum London



NEW May 2024 – Rocky’s Big Move

The exciting sequel in The Soccer Diaries series starring Rocky Race, a British footballer looking to make it big. Rocky Race is going for goal – but what about her grades?

Fourteen, hard as nails and magic on the pitch, Rocky Race is one of the best up and coming young footballers in the UK. But does she have what it takes to make it as a soccer pro in California?

Rocky Race is living the dream: she’s won a scholarship to a prestigious high school in Los Angeles, where she gets to play soccer and train for going pro. She’s got an amazing best friend, and a supportive mum and brother back home in the UK. But living away from home isn’t easy, and fitting in with American kids in high school is scary and new. Not to mention she has to keep her grades up if she wants to stay on the pitch! Will Rocky survive high school?

Preorder on Amazon here

Discover more here 

“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 

AVAILABILITY : Virtual & In Person Author Visits
Sandringham School

I am delighted to be still going into schools this term for in-person author visits and have availability from Autumn 2024.  More here.

“The impact of last year’s visit was massive and has really helped us develop reading with our current year 6 group. In reading surveys and discussions your books always get a mention and are still read by a lot of the year group.” Green Lane Primary School

And discover the choice of bespoke virtual workshops learning options I am still offering to schools here.

History Author school visit

“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.”Ofsted  

“There is no doubt that Tom Palmer has a Growth Mindset!”  Reigate St Mary’s

“Many thanks for a great morning with our school. Everybody had a fantastic time and the children are very keen to read the books now. The teachers are very  impressed with all the resources that you put together as well.”  Thomas’s London Day Schools

“Every single child in the hall, of all ages and stages, absolutely loved what he said and did and I had teachers staying voluntarily (when they had free time, reports to write and other things to do!) and so many of them came to see me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed listening to him and watching the way in which he engaged with all of our children, from Year 3 to Year 8.  We really enjoyed having Tom visit Edgeborough again.” Edgeborough School

More about my school author visits here.


RESIST:One Girl’s Fight Against the Nazis  

Resist shines a light on the incredible work of the WWll Dutch resistance, in a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.

Winner of the 2023 Historical Association Young Quills award, the North East Book Award 2023, the Berkshire Book Award 2023 and the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023.


Signed and dedicated copies are still available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here.

More about Resist here.

AWARDS latest

My latest children’s book Resist has just won the 2023 Historical Association Young Quills award, the North East Book Award 2023, the Berkshire Book Award 2023 and the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Thank you readers!

photo: Matt Crossick

I was thrilled to have been awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for Services to Literacy by the National Literacy Trust in association with the ALCS.

More awards news here

Find out more what I am writing about now here


Buy Books

Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here. 

With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!

Overseas :
Australia: Boomerang

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers

USA :  Indigo books

Visit myAmazon bookshop or support your local bookshop HIVE



Schools bumper 33 book pack
offer here

33 books
£194 saving £63 – over 25% discount

Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk


Schools class set offer here.

15 copies 20%+ discount
30 copies 25%+ discount
100 copies 30% + discount


Please email rosie@rosemaryhillbooks.co.uk for a quote


Email me here for more information or use my contact form here to ask me a question.

Thank you.

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