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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?

written and illustrated by Liz Pichon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

After receiving the shock of a lifetime --- seeing his big sister, Delia, without her sunglasses on --- Tom is trying to gear himself up for sports day at school. It does not help that his dad is training for the parents’ race on that day --- and plans to wear bizarre cycling shorts! Meanwhile, Tom’s band, DogZombies, is supposed to play in the school talent show, meaning they’d better start practicing --- a lot. It might all be worth it, though, if the absolutely brilliant band DUDE3 appears as special guests!

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

Since Tom forgets everything, it’s not surprising that he forgot all about the trip he’s supposed to go on with class 5F. It’s good that his family helps keep him on track (even, once in a while, his grumpy sister, Delia)! Luckily, there are loads of excellent things to do on the trip, like making rafts, eating snacks, and seeing some very weird creatures. That is, as long as Tom doesn’t get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse (looking at you, Marcus Meldrew!).