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Tom Gates is a series of children's literature books made for ages 8-12 written by Liz Pichon. The series follows the life of an ordinary British school boy named Tom Gates. The first book, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates was published on April 4th, 2011. There are currently nineteen main books in the series, along with a few special instalments, such as the 2013 World Book Day special Best Book Day Ever (So Far).

The series was adapted for Sky Kids in 2021, featuring music videos and animations inspired by the books and “arts and crafts” with Liz Pichon herself.


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Tom Gates provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: Bully Buster in “Top of The Class (Nearly)”, who is famous in Oakfield School for once getting stuck in a window. He takes a Heel–Face Turn near the end and admits to liking the drawing Tom made of one of his nicknames.
  • Big Sister Bully: Delia. Uncle Kevin was apparently also this to Frank, judging by their father's story about pushing him into a patch of nettles.
  • Boy Band: Dude3, a three-piece band who Tom calls “the best band in the world wide world”. He is excited about going to a concert of theirs, until Rooster eats his tickets.
  • Cool Old Guy / Cool Old Lady: Tom is very fond of both sets of grandparents, in particular his paternal grandparents who he calls "The Fossils."
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted by Amy Porter. Also inverted by Rita, who often acts as the Only Sane Man of the Gates family.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four main teachers. Mr. Fullerman is melancholic (introverted, strict), Mrs. Worthington is phlegmatic (introverted, friendly, calm), Mrs. Nap is sanguine (extroverted, enjoys singing), and Mr. Keen is choleric (extroverted school principal who gets angry easily).
  • Emo Teen: Delia.
  • Gentle Giant: Solid.
  • Girls With Mustaches: Mrs. Worthington. Tom's nickname for her is Mrs Worthingtash.
  • The Hero: Tom.
  • Kid Sidekick: Derrick.
  • Jerkass: Marcus.
  • Junior High: Oakfield School.
  • Punny Name: Tom's dentist is named D. Kay.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end “Family, Friends and Furry Creatures”, Tom finally gets to meet his second, endlessly-travelling set of grandparents, “The Wrinklies”. They have a prominent role in the following book, “Epic Adventure (Kind Of)”.
  • Town Girls: The three prominent female Gateses: Granny Mavis, Rita, and Delia.

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