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Cathy Cassidy - Author

"I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. I'd sell my homemade comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else; they didn't have photocopiers back then!"

Cathy has been writing fabulous stories ever since. Her books have sold over one million copies in the UK alone. She is the bestselling author of Dizzy, Driftwood, Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake. The Chocolate Box Girls is a sumptuous series starring sassy sisters, super-cool boys and one of Cathy's biggest loves - chocolate.

Cathy Cassidy is Puffin's top-selling author for girls. She was an art teacher, a magazine editor and an agony aunt before becoming a full-time writer. She has worked at Shout magazine and previously at Jackie, the magazine named after Jacqueline Wilson. Cathy tours extensively around the UK - meeting over 10,000 young readers in 2012. She has twice won the prestigious 'Queen of Teen' award. Cathy lives with her husband, two teenage children, two dogs, two cats and a rabbit.

Photo credit: Louise Llewelyn

If you like Cathy Cassidy you might also like to read books by Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine.

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Reader ReviewedThe Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
May 2016 Book of the Month A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy has a gift for capturing the turbulent emotions of young...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedLooking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice accepts an invitation to Savvy's sleepover because she hopes it might be a genuine...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Cathy Cassidy
Fortune Cookie is a typically sweet, soulful story from the excellent Cathy Cassidy. There's a surprise in store for the Tanberry sisters. Staying with their father in Australia, Honey discovered the existence of a half-brother they never knew they had....
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Life is Sweet: A Chocolate Box Short Story Collection
Cathy Cassidy
December 2015 Book of the Month Cathy Cassidy writes brilliantly observed stories of contemporary teenage life, and the characters in her Chocolate Box Girls series are hugely popular with young readers. Though the series ended with Fortune Cookie, this special...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Cathy Cassidy
June 2015 Book of the Month Fortune Cookie is a typically sweet, soulful story from the excellent Cathy Cassidy. There's a surprise in store for the Tanberry sisters. Staying with their father in Australia, Honey discovered the existence of a half-brother...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Chocolate Box Secrets
Cathy Cassidy
Young readers who love Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls series will devour this too! The five Tanberry-Costello sisters are super-creative, that's part of the fun of the series, and this book encourages readers to do some of the crafty,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedLooking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice accepts an invitation to Savvy's sleepover...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedCoco Caramel
Cathy Cassidy
February 2014 Book of the Month Horse-mad Coco is the youngest of the sisters in the family. Different from all the others, she is a tomboy at heart and passionate about saving the endangered species of the world. Coco's main...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Summer's Dream
Cathy Cassidy
Best-selling Cathy Cassidy's third story of the Chocolate Box Girls is as irresistible, insightful and captivating as its predecessors. Summer has always longed to be a professional dancer but when she doesn't make the grade for the Royal Ballet School...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Summer's Dream
Cathy Cassidy
Best-selling Cathy Cassidy's third story of the Chocolate Box Girls is as irresistible, insightful and captivating as its predecessors. Summer has always longed to be a professional dancer but when she doesn't make the grade for the Royal Ballet School...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2012
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Marshmallow Skye
Cathy Cassidy
April 2012 Book of the Month. Skye and Summer are identical twins but Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? And will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls : Marshmallow Skye
Cathy Cassidy
All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. Skye and Summer are identical twins but Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush
Cathy Cassidy
All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. Cherry tells what it feels like to arrive in a new family. Her dad has fallen in love with an...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Strike a Pose, Daizy Star
Cathy Cassidy
Daizy's finally found her star quality - modelling. Will Dad's latest crazy scheme ruin her big break? Can Daizy save her family from becoming castaways on a remote island and discover how to be a top model in time for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush
Cathy Cassidy
All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. Cherry tells what it feels like to arrive in a new family. Her dad has fallen in love with an...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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Love, Peace and Chocolate: A Pocket Money Puffin
Cathy Cassidy
Bestselling Cathy Cassidy captures the importance of friendship – and first love – in this touching story of Year 8s Jess and Kady. The girls have shared everything together since playgroup. But, both are looking for love and, when Jack...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2010
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Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy's novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there's always a subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it's don't judge...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2010
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy's stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there's often a subliminal message too within the story. They're cracking, fast-paced...
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Format: | Released 04/12/2009
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Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy's novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there's always a subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it's don't judge...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2009
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Shine On Daizy Star
Cathy Cassidy
Entertainingly capturing the important details of life, including the need for friends, for being cool and having fun, this tells how Daisy Star's life is turned upside down when her father comes up with a completely mad-cap plan. Surely no...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2009
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Ginger Snaps
Cathy Cassidy
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Prize 2009. Tender, touching and convincing, Ginger Snap charts the ups and downs of growing up. Shy, friendless Ginger has blossomed at secondary school. She's best friends with Shannon and now, just going into Year 8,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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GingerSnaps
Cathy Cassidy
Tender, touching and convincing, Ginger Snap charts the ups and downs of growing up. Shy, friendless Ginger has blossomed at secondary school. She's best friends with Shannon and now, just going into Year 8, looks set to have everything she's...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2008
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Lucky Star
Cathy Cassidy
Dramatic and emotionally charged, Cathy Cassidy's stories are also warmhearted and funny. Fourteen year old Mouse has a way of falling into trouble. He doesn't go looking for it but it seems to find him anyway. When he falls for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2008
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Lucky Star
Cathy Cassidy
Dramatic and emotionally charged, Cathy Cassidy's stories are also warmhearted and funny. Fourteen year old Mouse has a way of falling into trouble. He doesn't go looking for it but it seems to find him anyway. When he falls for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2007
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Sundae Girl
Cathy Cassidy
All Jude wants is a simple, hassle-free life. But, with their endless broken promises, her family seem to create nothing but problems. Maybe the boy from school on his shiny new rollerblades will provide the answer…A thoughtful and tender story...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 05/04/2007
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Scarlett
Cathy Cassidy
Scarlett's not red like a sunset, she's red with rage. She cannot believe her mum's sunk so low as to pack her off to Ireland to stay with the dad who left them. Surely he's the reason for everything going...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Driftwood
Cathy Cassidy
Hannah and Joey have been best friends for ever. Joey's parents love rescuing things and making them beautiful - their house is full of things made from driftwood, old glass and shells from the beach. Which is why the scraggy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2005
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