Random Acts of Fun

Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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The top-of-the-class, extra special bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illustrator Liz Pichon. A laugh-out-loud, packed-with-pictures Tom Gates story! Oh no! Tom’s stuck at home with a fractured ankle and it’s spoiling his fun. Doodling on his plaster cast helps to pass the time, along with visits from family (with treats), friends and even Rooster managing to sneak in. Tom remembers other fun times he’s had, like metal detecting with Uncle Kevin and the cousins or inventing a new secret language with Derek. But only ONE thing will cheer Tom up: a caramel doughnut from the new bakery… trouble is, every other kid in town keeps getting there before him!


  • Written in diary form
  • Every page STUFFED full of laughs, stories, doodles and creative FUN
  • 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 series of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates won the Scottish BAFTA for Entertainment!
Don’t miss Shoe Wars - the epic standalone by Liz Pichon.

Our November 2021 Ages 9-10 Book of the Month

My middle-grade Book of the Month pick for November has to be Tom Gates: Random Acts of Fun. Uh-oh! Tom’s stuck at home with a fractured ankle and is FED UP. He starts to think up fun stuff to pass the time: doodling on his plaster cast, having his friends have a go on his crutches and sitting by the window spying on his street. But only ONE thing will really cheer Tom up: a caramel doughnut from the new bakery in town… trouble is, he can’t get his hands on one before every other kid in town gets there before him!

This new book is the 19th in the series from the best-selling, award-winning author Liz Pichon. This laugh-out-loud story is perfect for boys and girls who love to be silly and creative. Written in diary form and with doodles on every page, the engaging format keeps any reluctant readers hooked. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries. This year we celebrated 10 years of Tom Gates books and saw the launch of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates TV series on Sky – so if you’re a fan of this book there’s plenty more to dig into!

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

Product Details


Tom Gates (book 19)







Date published

October 14th, 2021

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.9; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 240 pages



UK edition

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Liz Pichon

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  1. SpongeBob SquarePants
    on 20 December 2021

    Tom Gates #19 Random Acts of..

    Very Good

    5 out of 5
  2. Gerald
    on 23 October 2021

    Tom gates

    This nook is awesome I can not leave this book I am obsessed with it!!

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