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Author of the Term

Our Autumn Term Author is Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer writes children’s books about history and sport.

In 2019 he won the Children’s Book Award for Armistice Runner, which was also nominated for the Carnegie Prize.

His best known series are Football Academy, Foul Play and Roy of the Rovers. 

We have many of Tom Palmer's books in our schools Library, here are some of our favourites:

Armistice Runner

Lily has lots of worries. She’s struggling to compete in her junior fell-running races and, worse, she’s losing her gran to Alzheimer’s.

But then she discovers her great-great-grandfather’s diaries from the First World War.

Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?



Foul Play

Danny is obsessed with two things: football - especially City Football Club - and investigating crimes.

So when England and City footballing hero Sam Roberts is reported missing the day after Danny saw him being taken, blindfolded, into the bowels of the City FC stadium late at night, he's determined to get to the bottom of it.

But is Danny getting into something he can't handle?



Defender Series: Pitch Invasion

A tense Seth is waiting to hear if his mum's got the 'all-clear'. But instead of relaxing in Cornwall, Seth is haunted by visions.

Heads on spikes - bloodied and rotten, eyes pecked out - surrounding an Iron Age hill fort to keep intruders away. When Seth meets two football-crazy brothers from Aleppo their stories offer him a new sense of courage. Can he look death in the face and restore calm to the present?

Exciting finale to the Defenders trilogy.