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Tom Palmer - Author

About the 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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Other books by Tom Palmer

Arctic Star

Arctic Star

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Multi-award-winning author Tom Palmer returns with a thrilling naval adventure inspired by the incredible history of the Second World War Arctic convoys. Winter 1942. Teenagers Francis, Joseph and Stephen are Royal Navy recruits on their first mission at sea during the Second World War. Their ship is part of an Arctic convoy sailing to Russia to deliver supplies to the Soviets. The convoys have to navigate treacherous waters, sailing through a narrow channel between the Arctic ice pack and German bases on the Norwegian coast. Faced with terrifying enemy attacks from both air and sea, as well as life-threatening cold, gales and pack ice, will all three boys make it home again?

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Lisa Henke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

The final pulse-pounding story in the second scintillating season of the smash-hit phenomenon reboot, and the first ever Roy of the Rovers title to be told from the perspective of a female footballer - Rocky Race, Roy's younger sister! 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...

Over the Line

Over the Line

Author: Tom Palmer, Violet Tobacco Illustrator: Ollie Cuthbertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

It's the proudest moment of Jack's life - his debut as a professional footballer. Now he has a chance to achieve his dream of playing for his country. But it's 1914 and the world is at war. Talk of sportsmen's cowardice leads to the formation of a Footballers' Battalion and Jack has little choice but to join up. The promise of a Cup in Flanders offers a glimmer of hope, but Jack and his teammates will have to survive a waking nightmare if they are ever to play again. A stunning new edition of Tom Palmer's bestselling novel based on the true story of WWI war hero and footballing legend Jack Cock.

Roy of the Rovers: From the Ashes

Roy of the Rovers: From the Ashes

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Lisa Henke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Roy Race watched Mel Park, the home ground of his beloved Melchester Rovers, burn to the ground. The club is in serious trouble off the pitch. But when it comes to football, somehow they're holding it together. It's nothing short of a miracle, given that Roy - the greatest Rovers player in a generation - was sold by cash-strapped Melchester, to their greatest rivals: Tynecaster. Roy needs to find a way back to Rovers, and fast - or there won't be a club left to return to...

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

Cyfres Academi Pel-Droed: Taro Nol

Author: Tom Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2019

Roy of the Rovers: On Tour

Roy of the Rovers: On Tour

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Lisa Henke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

This fourth volume of the smash-hit phenomenon reboot sees the start of an all-new second season! Roy Race is living the dream. After a whirlwind season that saw him become centre forward for his beloved Melchester Rovers and score a bagful of goals, helping them secure promotion into League One, he's now recognised as one of the best young footballers in the country. But something strange is afoot. As Rovers head off on a pre-season tour, Roy's treated differently, and kept apart from the team. What's going on, and why are Rovers bringing in new players? With his family life hitting a rough patch and everything in flux at Mel Park, it's time for Roy of the Rovers to fight for his team, his family - and his career in football...

Rugby Academy

Rugby Academy

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: David Shephard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Borderlands First XV have their sights set on becoming the best school rugby team in the world. But while the boys focus on their matches, many of their parents are serving overseas in the armed forces, and everyone is worried as conflict grows in the Central Asian Republic. New pupil Woody is a footballer by nature and must decide if he's prepared to give rugby his all. Rory feels like he's losing his focus, distracted by thoughts of his parents in danger. And Owen finds himself a t the centre when conflict breaks out within the team. With so many hurdles to face along the way, how far will they get in the rigorous schools' tournament?

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