Tom Palmer is originally from Leeds and credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. As well as writing the top selling Football Academy and Foul Play series (Puffin), he has also written many books for Barrington Stoke including Over the Line, Ghost Stadium, Secret FC, and the Rugby Academy and Wings series. He has been shortlisted for prizes including the Blue Peter Book Award and the Lancashire and Coventry Book Awards. Rugby Academy: Combat Zone is featured in the Scottish First Minister’s Reading Challenge. He travels all over the UK for events, performing his immensely popular rugby and football reading games, and is well-loved across the book trade.