I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for Services to Literacy by the National Literacy Trust. Thanks very much to the teachers who nominated me.

photo: Matt Crossick

2024 Awards

Arctic Star is currently shortlisted for the Trinity Schools Book Award (TSBA) 2024.

Resist is currently shortlisted for the 2024 Grampian Children’s Book Award.

2023 Awards

Resist has been chosen for the following awards and selections:

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2023

Winner of the Historical Association Young Quills award 2023

Winner of the 2023 Berkshire Book Award 

Winner of the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023

Winner of the North East Book Award 2023

Currently Shortlisted for the Archway Learning Trust Book Award 2023

  • Shortlisted for the Wolverhampton Childrens Book Award 2023
  • Shortlisted for the Dudley Children’s Book Award 2022
  • Shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award 2023

2022 Awards

Resist was chosen for the following awards and selections:

  • The School Reading List August 2022 Fiction Book of the Month
  • Topsta Best Books of the Month August 2022
  •  @OpenUni_RfP Top Text October 22
  • Imagining History Top 10 Children’s History Books of 2022
  • Shortlisted for best-books-of-2022 Upper KS2 (Age 9-11): Best Curriculum Support Vote Now Here

D-Day Dog was voted favourite children’s audiobook by Calibre Audio, the national charity that provides a completely free for life audiobook service to everyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult or impossible, thank you to all who listened to my book and Rachel Reay for narrating.

Arctic Star  won @booksfortopics  Upper KS2 Best Curriculum Support awards, thank you!


Arctic Star was also

  • shortlisted for the Historical Association 2022 Young Quills award
  • nominated for the CILIP Carnegie 2022 Medal
  • longlisted for the Spark! School Book Awards
  • longlisted for the Dudley Children’s Book  2021 Award
  • longlisted for the Berkshire Book Award 2022
  • shortlisted for the 2022 Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Award

I am so proud that this year After the War was also :

  • longlisted for the 2022 UKLA Book Awards (11-14 + category)
  • shortlisted for the 2022 Grampian Children’s Book Award
  • shortlisted for the inaugural 2022 York Book Award
  • selected for the EmpathyLab‘s #ReadForEmpathy collection

2021 Awards

Arctic Star has also been chosen by LoveReading as a 2021 Star Book and has been chosen by Toppsta in their big Summer Reading Feature.

I was honoured that After the War won the 2021 10-13 yrs @historicalassociation Young Quills Award and the KS3#JamesReckitt #HullChildrensBookAward. 

Thank you to all their hardworking history teachers and school librarians for organising and their young readers for voting.


After the War has also been:

  • nominated and longlisted for the @CILIPCKG  Carnegie Book Award
  • shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards #NSTBA20
  • shortlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Book Award
  • shortlisted for the Calderdale Libraries  Primary School Book of the Year
  • longlisted for the Sussex Amazing Book Awards
  • longlisted for the Cumbria SLS book awards.
  • longlisted for the Spark Book Awards Kingston and Richmond Children’s Book Awards
  • selected as Beckenham children’s book of the month October 2020
  • selected as one of the Daily Telegraph’s Children’s Books of the Year 2020

Thank you

2020 awards

I was so happy the D-Day Dog was voted the overall winner at the 2020 Children’s Book Awards which is 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 and satisfying for me. Thank you 100,000 times over.

More exciting news …  a massive thank you to all the Hull, Welsh, Warwickshire & Portsmouth children who voted for us!

And D-Day Dog has just been voted into the top 12 titles for the #FCBGCBA2020    Vote hereD-Day Dog is currently also listed for :

I wish all the children taking part a very happy time reading all the books and choosing their favourites!

“Thank you for an amazing event this morning. The year 5-7 boys really enjoyed it and were really engaged in both sessions. They were very excited about the visit and were very inspired by Tom’s stories and fantastic books.   Best of luck for the Carnegie awards, very well deserved!” Newcastle School for Boys

2019 awards

I am thrilled that Armistice Runner has just won the older readers category prize at the FCBG Children’s Book Awards!!

Currently, Armistice Runner is on the :

  • THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDALNominations for 2020
  • shortlist for the UKLA Book Awards 2020
  • shortlist for Shrewsbury Big Book Award 2020
  • shortlist for Essex SLS Junior Book Awards for 2019
  • shortlist for Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2019-2020
  • shortlist for Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award 2020
  • shortlist for the Nottinghamshire ELS Brilliant Book Award
  • longlist for the Sheffield (Steel City) Book Club Awards 2020
  • longlist for Bury Grammar School Book Award 2020
  • longlist for Cumbria Schools’ Library Service Secondary Spellbinding 2020 book award

This year Armistice Runner thanks to children’s votes has won:

  • the Cheshire Schools Book Award 
  • the Bury Grammar School Book Award 2020– Older Readers Category judged by all Yr 5 – 8 students across 4 schools
  • the KS3 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2019
  • the Tees Valley TVED Book of the Year 2019

and has been :

  • reviewed for The Historical Association’s Young Quill Award
  • shortlisted for the Year 5 Portsmouth Book Award 2019
  • recommended on Book Trust’s   programme list 2019
  • recommended on Books for Topics 50 reads for Year 5



Armistice Runner is

And former UK Literacy Association President, Teresa Cremin, chose Armistice Runner as her Book of the Year for 2018.


Over the Line is


Defenders 1: Killing Ground is long listed for :



covRugby Academy : Combat Zone is



big-friendly-readWings: Flyboy –  is selected for Leicester Libraries ‘The Big Friendly Read book list for children’




huff-postWings: Flyboy –  is selected for Booktrust’s Top 20 books for Reluctant Readers 





Over the Line is :

  • selected for the Recommended Reads list in the Historical fiction category for Read for My School
  • longlisted for the 2015 Portsmouth Book Award
  • shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award

Ghost Stadium is awarded the Birmingham Catholic Diocese Schools Book Award.


leicester librariesGhost Stadium wins Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award thanks to the votes from children at the city’s primary schools and is a selected title for Bookbuzz 2014.

Foul Play is chosen as one the 100 readformyschool titles.

Over the Line and Own Goal are selected for Bookspace‘s Top 20 Most Read Football Books for KS1-KS4.

Over the Line is chosen as Exeter’s City Read for the year.


The Squad : Black Op  wins the Solihull Children’s Book Award thanks to voting by children in the borough’s schools and is  shortlisted for the Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award



Solihull Children's Book AwardSecret FC is selected by the Book Trust for inclusion in their School Library Pack!   Around 4000 English schools will received the pack funded by the Department of Education, as a way to encourage reading with the students.


The Secret Football Club is longlisted for The Fantastic Book Awards (F.B.A), organised by Lancashire School Library Service

Foul Play 5 : Own Goal is longlisted for Red House Children’s Book Award for Younger Readers

Scrum! is shortlisted for Sheffield Children’s Book Award


Foul Play 4 : Killer Pass longlisted for Doncaster Book Award

Foul Play 3 : Offside shortlisted for Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year Awards


Foul Play is shortlisted for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year

Emily Palmer (no relation!) from St Michaels RC School was the winner in the Highly Commended category for her review of Foul Play by Tom Palmer.



Foul Play shortlisted for Calderdale Book of the Year Primary Section

Foul Play 2 : Dead Ball shortlisted for Rotherham Children’s Book Award

Football Academy 1 : Boys United shortlisted for Doncaster Book Award

Football Academy 3 : The Real Thing longlisted for The Fantastic Book Awards (F.B.A), organised by Lancashire School Library Service


Foul Play chosen for Booked Up







Foul Play shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Award

Other Accolades

Chris Bradford top 5 books
Chris Bradford’s Top 5

2013 The Squad : White Fear listed in Chris Bradford’s “Top 5 books Every Child Should Read Before They’re 12″

2013 Scrum! listed as one of New Zealand School Librarian Ali Hewett’s “100 Great Books Before Lunch”

2013 Ghost Stadium is nominated one of the “Ten of the Best Books to Make Reading Irresistible” by Marilyn Brocklehurst from Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

Marilyn said, “This book allows you to access a great story and at the same time offers the opportunity to read more fluently. Tom Palmer is a champion for reluctant readers and works tirelessly to attract children – and particularly boys – to pick up a book. Ghost Stadium is thrilling from the very first paragraph. The combination of Tom and Barrington Stoke is perfect since this publisher has provided an excellent range of books to encourage children who are reluctant readers simply because they struggle with the practicalities of reading.”

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