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The absolutely brilliant, extra special eighteenth bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illustrator Liz Pichon. A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes! Featuring:

  • A delicious chicken pie
  • Getting stuck in a lift with Delia
  • A teacher swap at school
  • Some tiny ants in tiny pants and the adventures of Wafer Boy…
Tom Gates is TREMENDOUS and so are his TALES ! ABOUT THE SERIES:
  • Written in diary form
  • Full of Tom’s doodles and pictures & his amazing sense of humour
  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize!
  • Perfect gifts for boys & girls who love to laugh themselves silly
  • The first TV series of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates won the Scottish BAFTA for Entertainment!
  • Love Tom Gates? Don’t miss Liz Pichon’s spectacular Shoe Wars, a laugh-out-loud, gadget-packed adventure!

Our February 2022 Ages 9-10 Book of the Month

My February Book of the Month for children aged 9 and over has to be The Rollercoaster Boy. For Todd and Laurie, living with their Dad is a rollercoaster – he is either on top of the world, taking them on fun adventures, or down in the depths and sleeping all the time. On one of his better days, he whisks them away on holiday, promising a luxurious mansion, swimming pool, fairground, all-you-can-eat-buffets, and fireworks. The reality is a rundown dump – and the disappointment means Dad returns to bed. Todd and Laurie have the run of the place, and uncover an unsolved mystery of a famous novelist who vanished from her room on the top floor, which was locked from the inside…

This is the latest title from Lisa Thompson, one of my personal favourite authors and the award-winning author of the breakout debut The Goldfish Boy. The Rollercoaster Boy has the same middle-grade magic formula of humour, uncovering secrets and unravelling a page-turning mystery. In classic Lisa Thompson style, it is also extremely moving and full of heart. It tackles a tough but important topic of bipolar disorder, which the dad suffers from. Full of twists and turns, this is bound to be another beloved bestseller and favourite for years to come.

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

Product Details

Catalogue number

643 in ROW Primary May 2024


Tom Gates (book 18)







Date published

January 6th, 2022

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  • 240 pages



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  1. Riya Patial
    on 16 June 2023

    Ten Tremendous Tales

    Too much suspense!

    5out of 5

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