As well as being a much-loved children's author, Tom Palmer also works tirelessly to promote reading for pleasure in schools and also runs activities that encourage children to read through their love of football. His books include three football series with Puffin (Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad) and his new Defender series with Barrington Stoke combines sport with adventure and historical hauntings. Tom lives in Yorkshire with his wife and daughter. Alex Paterson was a soldier and a jungle expedition leader before becoming a childrens illustrator. He works in pen and inks and watercolour, but also digital and his work has been published by Orchard, Orion, Random House, OUP, Collins and Wayland. Alex is also the illustrator of Enid Blyton Magic Faraway Tree colour readers (Egmont). He live in a little village in Warwickshire with his wife and daughter, a dog called Biscuit and a cat called Marmite.