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Tom Gates #5: Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) Award-winning author/illustrator

by Liz Pichon (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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Rated 5/5 from 21 ratings

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Product description

This takes the form of Tom’s battered homework diary – crammed with his doodles and stories.

“Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an ‘Activity Break’! Which should be fun. As long as I don’t get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with . . . . . . Marcus Meldrew.

Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I’m away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I’ve always wanted a pet!”

Product Details


Tom Gates (book 5)





Date published

April 1st, 2013

Lexile measure

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.2; Middle years; 3.0 points

Other details
  • 272 pages


UK edition



Liz Pichon

21599 liz pichon 1 1050044


  1. Zohaib
    on 9 May 2016

    Tom Gates absolutely fantastic

    This book is amazing because it's got a very good story to it, it's funny and it's interesting. Personally, I have to say I really enjoyed ready this book, I would rate this 5 stars and I would recommend this book to a friend. -Zohaib (I am 10 years old).

    5out of 5

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  1. Evie 113313

    on 7 April 2016

    I loved this book. I wish for these to be longer tho :)

  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 2 June 2015

    Tom Gates is AWSOME.Liz PICHION is the best all her books are amazing. I would recommend it to everyone.

    5out of 5
  3. Goldie 113308

    on 9 April 2015

    It’s a great book and very easy to read

    5out of 5
  4. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2015

    Loved this book recommend to anyone 7+ fantastic work Liz.

    5out of 5
  5. Pearl 113298

    on 9 February 2015

    I really like this book because it is really interesting and funny .

    5out of 5
  6. Default avatar 807810

    on 15 June 2014

    This book is amazing. It is really funny and creative book.

    5out of 5
  7. Bellasara 113282

    on 24 March 2014

    another great book

    5out of 5
  8. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    I loved this book absolutely amazing

  9. Avatar owl 761790

    on 8 March 2014

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! I couldn’t put the book down

  10. Fairy thumb 11

    on 8 March 2014

    I liked it was great best book I read this year

    4out of 5
  11. Clarice thumb 136

    on 6 March 2014

    i loved this book.

  12. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

    This is another book in the seiries abouut Tom doing the school activity programme.

  13. Avatar owl 761790

    on 28 September 2013

    I love this book, it is very good, I have read it more than 4 times and I am still not getting tired!

    5out of 5
  14. Avatar owl 761790

    on 29 July 2013

    I absolutely <3 Tom Gates First Tom Gate book I read

    5out of 5
  15. Default avatar

    on 10 June 2013

    it is amazon with all of those fantasy pictures

  16. Default avatar

    on 10 June 2013

    This installment of Tom Gates is the best one yet! Now Ive read the British equivalent to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, DOAWK doesn`t seem as good!

    My favourite scene has to be a scene near the end of the diary when Miss Worthington holds up a lost teddy bear which belongs to Tom and also a scene where Tom has a message from his Mum stuck to his back. We can all relate to this as on school camps parents always try to embarrass you!

    My favourite character is Marcus in this book as on the school camp he caused many of the funny scenes. One of the funniest being when he sinks the raft by rocking it back and forth in the water. He also managed to hide his sweets from the others, I am in awe that he managed to do it. Whenever I go on school trips my roomates always find my hidden stash!

    I rate this book 9/10. It was fun, funny and an easy read. I would recommend it to anyone, especially DOAWK fans.

    Ben, aged 13

    5out of 5
  17. Pearl 113298

    on 4 June 2013

    I have really enjoyed this book and I think that being honest was one of my favrouite books of all times apart from cathy Cassidy books. hopefully he will carry on writing his amazing books


    5out of 5
  18. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 19 May 2013

    5 stars really good

    5out of 5
  19. Evie 113313

    on 16 May 2013

    this book is absoulutely amazing.

    Hats off to L.Pichon

  20. Bellasara 113282

    on 14 May 2013

    I really like this book and how it’s set out i love it is my favourite book I have read so far

    5out of 5
  21. Avatar owl 761790

    on 10 May 2013

    This is a really DUM book.

    1out of 5
  22. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 29 April 2013

    Absoloutely 5 merits and stars

    5out of 5
  23. Love stargirl 113412

    on 29 April 2013

    It was ok but it wasn’t for me Other people do have their own opinion but I wouldn’t recommend it

    2out of 5
  24. Avatar owl 761790

    on 27 April 2013

    loved it