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We launch Tom Palmer's weekly 'Diary of a Football Detective'

11 Sep 2017

Wembley Stadium filming

Meet Danny Harte, fourteen-year-old football fan and budding football detective. From September 2017, Danny will be writing a diary about the 2017-2018 football season.

The idea behind Diary of a Football Detective is to give teachers, librarians and parents a long-running dip-in dip-out story featuring the events of the football season as they happen week-on-week, while blending in powerful messages about the importance of reading for pleasure.

 Some of the highlights will include:

  • Storylines drawn ‘live’ from the 2017-18 football season, featuring what some of your pupils are talking about there and then
  • Investigations by Danny and his friend Charlotte into the dark side of the game, creating talking points for the classroom
  • Tracking Danny as he reads newspapers, magazines, websites and books to better understand the game he loves
  • Interactive elements to the diary with voting for what happens next and classes working with the author to develop storylines
  • A challenge Danny option to predict three football scores a week
  • Danny’s class at school taking part in Skills Academy

 Diary of a Football Detective will be published by every Tuesday morning and each weekly set of diary entries will be less than 1000 words long.

Read Danny's first diary entry now.

Danny Harte is the hero of the five Foul Play books written by Tom Palmer and published by Puffin. In the Foul Play series, Danny takes on the villains of the football world with the help of his best friend, Charlotte. Danny has a love of crime fiction as a result of his reading crime novels with his blind father. His love and knowledge of reading empowers him to take on the world.

Tom Palmer is a children’s author of 42 books. He writes for Barrington Stoke. Tom is also a literacy consultant and has worked with the National Literacy Trust for 15 years. He visits schools three days a week. You can visit his website at

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