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Tom Gates


Tom Gates

Master of excuses, creative storyteller and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages --- and keep them laughing.

Tom Gates

Books in this series

by Liz Pichon - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks; spilt water; and, lightning. Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his "Camping Sucks" holiday story, Tom's work starts to go downhill --- which is a pity, as he's desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him...

by Liz Pichon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction
No school for two whole weeks! Now Tom has plenty of time for the good stuff, like finding new ways (so many!) to annoy his big sister, Delia. Or watching TV and eating caramel candy. Or most important, band practice for DOGZOMBIES in his best friend Derek’s garage (while not encouraging Derek’s ’60s-music-crazed dad). All that stands between this band and rock greatness is, well, a song (besides "Delia’s a Weirdo"). And finding a drummer. And landing a gig. Will Tom let a killer toothache and pesky overdue homework get in his way?
by Liz Pichon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Performing Arts

Things are looking up for Tom Gates. The school dance is coming up and his birthday, too! What could possibly put him in a bad mood? Well, the words math lesson, for one thing. And that annoying twit Marcus Meldrew at school. And Granny Mavis threatening to bake Tom’s birthday cake (carrots!). And the fact that nobody seems to be noticing the long list of birthday presents Tom has prominently displayed. Worst of all, can it be true that Tom’s dad has volunteered to deejay the school dance wearing the wacky costume from his new job?