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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 fifty four children’s books including three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad and 15 books for Barrington Stoke. Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times.   More awards here.  

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


Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

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Summer 2022 : a new historical book will be out!

I am currently working on a new historical story for children set in Europe during the Second World War.

More information and sign up for updates using on the Writing Updates contact form on this webpage here.



The next book in the Roy of the Rovers series, “Sudden Death” is just out September 2021.

A new start means new challenges for Roy, Rocky, their family, and their teammates, and with their Dad’s condition getting worse, things aren’t about to get any easier both on and off the field…

You can still order a signed and dedicated copy of Sudden Death  from my local independent bookshop here.

Availability : Autumn 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 January 2022.  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

Read on about my school author visits here.

Latest Awards

After the War has just been longlisted for the 2022 UKLA Book Awards (11-14 + category) and shortlisted for the @historicalassociation 10-13 yrs Young Quills shortlist.  I am so happy!


D-Day Dog was voted the overall winner at the 2020 Children’s Book Awards, run by the wonderful Federation of Children’s Book Groups. The fact that over 100,000 children nominate, longlist, shortlist and choose the winners makes it all the more brilliant. Thank you 100,000 times over.

photo: Matt Crossick

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


More awards news here


ICONIC: Rocky of the Rovers

A struggling student and brilliant footballer, Rocky Race is many things, but to most people she’s just Roy Race’s little sister. It’s not much fun – especially as Melchester Rovers head to the League Cup Final.

Rocky’s sick of everyone knowing her through Roy, she’s had enough of school, and she’s even started having panic attacks.

Now it’s up to Rocky to find her own way – as a person and a player – and she’s going to need all her grit and determination to do it…

‘I LOVED this book! I love how the story turns from one stage to another. I would definitely recommend it to any girl who enjoys football! I love that Rocky has real determination and passion for the game.’ Jess, Year 5.

“Tom Palmer’s love and knowledge of football is evident in the writing yet he also includes themes of family, anxiety and teenage worries. This is the sort of book that could turn a football fan into a reader and a reader into a football fan. “ A Library Lady

 “The master of football fiction!” Matt Oldfield

“One of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian

More here

FREE Kindle books

Tom Palmer author Danger AcademyFree kindle book for childrenFree to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers, RRP 99p.

Football Academy : Teamwork   

Foul Play : The Danger Academy      

Get the books here 

Signed Books

Signed and dedicated copies of Arctic Star are available to order from my local independent bookshop The Book Corner at The Piece Hall here. 

Please use their contact page to order signed and dedicated copies of my other books here.  


Buy Books

Schools bumper book pack and class set offers here.

Visit my Amazon bookshop  or support your local bookshop HIVE

Overseas : FREE Delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
Australia: Boomerang   

Canada: Amazon Canada
New Zealand: Wheelers       

USA :  Indigo books

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

Thank you.

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