Hit the back of the net with Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer

Our author of the week is the footie-mad writer behind the Roy of the Rovers series, Tom Palmer!

Tom's latest book Rocky of the Rovers is all about Roy's younger sister Rocky, and she'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 footballer...

Read Tom's book, Roy of the Rovers: Scouted, for FREE, watch an exclusive video, discover his top three children's books and download a football writing activities workbook.


Read Roy of the Rovers: Scouted

Roy's always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and playing for Melchester Rovers, the team he's supported his entire life. He never thought he'd get a chance - until now. Rovers are on the lookout for new players, but is Roy good enough to catch the scout's eye?

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted

Watch the video

In this video, Tom Palmer heads to a football pitch to tell us all about the characters in his Roy of the Rovers series.


Tom's recommended reads

Keeper by Mal Peet

The best football novel for children ever. This is the story of a Brazilian World Cup winning goalkeeper, but covers so much more, including a storyline about ghosts and rainforests. Wonderful.

They Don’t Teach This by Eniola Aluko

An honest and thoughtful autobiography from one of England’s most capped footballers.

Ask a Footballer by James Milner

James Milner fills a book with answers to questions about every aspect of being a professional footballer. A plain-speaking Yorkshireman with advice about playing the game, nutrition and fitness.


Try Roy of the Rovers writing activities

This workbook is filled with activities for you to do at home, including creating your own football team, designing your own club and planning how your characters interact with one another.

Download the activity pack


Rocky of the Rovers