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Tom Palmer - Author

Tom Palmer credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He travels all over the UK for events, performing his immensely popular rugby and football reading games to hundreds of children every week. He is the current Writer-in-Residence for the RAF Museums. Tom is also working with the National Literacy Trust on a very high profile football and reading project during the Euro 2016 football tournament.

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Defenders Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: ghosts and football in an exciting, thought-provoking story Tom Palmer's Defenders series cleverly mixes ghost stories and football and uses past events to throw light on our world. Seth's mum is waiting to hear if she's clear...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2017
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Dark Arena: Defenders
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting, contemporary story linking past and present injustices Seth isn't like other boys: he can see ghosts. In the second of this new series he is in London staying with his friend Nadiya and her family while...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/07/2017
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Killing Ground
Tom Palmer - illustrated by David Shephard
In a nutshell: exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics Seth's not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new floodlights at his football team Halifax Town's ground seems to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Spitfire
Tom Palmer - illustrated by David Shephard
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer combines football with a dramatic story of the Second World War, plus a touch of the supernatural, to catch readers' attention in this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Over the Line
Tom Palmer - illustrated by Ollie Cuthbertson
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion....
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedFlyboy
Tom Palmer - illustrated by David Shephard
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked
Tom Palmer - illustrated by David Shephard
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Tom Palmer - illustrated by David Shephard
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Good rugby stories for young readers are thin on the ground, but Tom Palmer's Rugby Academy books are real winners! In this second book in the series, Rory and the other members of the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Tom Palmer - illustrated by Dave Shephard
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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Over the Line
Tom Palmer
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2014
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Secret FC
Tom Palmer - illustrated by Garry Parsons
Interest Age 8-12 / Reading Age 8+. A great story with a football focus. When football is banned at Lily and Zack's school, they decide to keep playing - on their very own secret pitch! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Ghost Stadium
Tom Palmer
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Camping in the abandoned football stadium sounds like a great outing to mark the beginning of the holiday. Lucas, Irfan and Jack are all prepared. Together, they scale the fence and set up camp...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Scrum!
Tom Palmer - illustrated by Dylan Gibson
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A passion for rugby and a dilemma about it too lies at the heart of this touching story of a boy with a big decision to make. Steven shares his passion for Rugby League with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2011
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Foul Play: Off Side
Tom Palmer
Full of drama, this is a fast moving crime thriller of football, corruption and clever detective work. Danny Harte is a passionate City FC football fan. He is also a very keen detective. With rumours flying around that City FC...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2010
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The Secret Football Club: A Pocket Money Puffin
Tom Palmer
When the new head teacher bans football, the year 6 pupils find a secret place to play. But how can they keep it a secret and, if they can't, how can they persuade the head to change his mind? A...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2010
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Foul Play
Tom Palmer
Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. It's part of Puffin's ‘Football Detective' series...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2008
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Author Info

Author's Website

www.tompalmer.co.uk/

Author's Blog

footballdetective.blogspot....

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