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Roy of the Rovers: Sudden Death

Illustrated by Elkys Nova
Published by Rebellion
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

MADE IN MELCHESTER! Sudden Death is the seventh book in the football-tastic Roy of the Rovers fiction series. Part of the third season, this exciting series is written by award-winning author Tom Palmer.

After a dramatic season that saw Roy Race and teammates suffer a heart-breaking loss in the League Cup final, their beloved stadium burning to the ground, and an ownerless Rovers on the brink of being shut down, things were looking bleak despite securing promotion to the Championship… A fresh season brings fresh hope though in the form of dedicated new owners, intent on rebuilding Mel Park and restoring Melchester Rovers as one of the biggest clubs in Europe, in both the men’s and the women’s game! But a new start means new challenges for Roy, Rocky, their family, and their teammates, and with Roy's Dad's condition getting worse, things aren't about to get any easier both on and off the field…

Perfect for fans of Dan Freedman's Jamie Johnson or Matt Oldfield's Johnny Ball books!

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Praise for the Roy of the Rovers series:

EPIC! - Match of the Day Magazine

I love the way that they are about so much more than football: they are about heart, values and family. Both graphic novel and fiction titles are compelling, engaging and a lot of fun. Lace up and get reading. - Jim Sells, Programme manager for Sport & Literacy, National Literacy Trust.

Read with my 7 year old who is football mad, really enjoyed it and left us wanting to read the next one in the series! - GoodReads Review

About The Author

Tom Palmer is a best-selling children's author from Leeds, England. He has written dozens of books for children, including the Football Academy series, and continues to inspire young readers up and down the UK. He supports Leeds United.

About The Illustrator

Product Details

  • Publisher: Rebellion (September 30, 2021)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781089521
  • Ages: 8 and up

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Raves and Reviews

EPIC!--Match of the Day Magazine

Football-lovers will love the description of on-pitch action which is pacy yet satisfyingly detailed. This is a book that I am looking forward to putting on the shelves at school - I know already that it will be a popular title amongst our football-loving children (not just boys!).--That Boy Can Teach

This book has so much to offer. It has everything that a football fan needs... match day action, local club rivalry, modern football politics, trials, crunching tackles, tricks, misses and goals. But this is much more than a book about the beautiful game, because it also has everything that today's children need as they grow up. It is jam-packed with positive role models, girls involvement in Women's Football, respect, mental well-being, good work ethic, education and aspiration. Tom Palmer expertly weaves all of this together with friendship, family and a great little plot.--Books for Topics

The book packs a lot of punch in its short and simple to read pages. It captures the feel of playing and having a passion for football at an early age very well. More than that it sets out the stall of the new Roy Race, his family background, his friends and enemies, where he lives and his work ethic. There are a number of positive messages for all children and adults in this book and how dedicated you have to be to pursue your dreams.--ComicScene

I give it 5,000,000 stars! I recommend it to 9+ football fans but also non-football fans. I’m not a football fan but I still really enjoyed reading this book. Look out for the graphic novels and the rest of the series. They look amazing!--The Book Brothers

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