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"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 CakeThe Chocolate Box Girls is a sumptuous series starring sassy sisters, super-cool boys and one of Cathy's biggest loves - chocolate.

Cathy went to Art College in Liverpool then got a job as fiction editor on Jackie magazine. She taught art in a Coventry secondary school for a few years before moving to Scotland with her husband to start a family. She continued to be an art teacher in the wilds of west Scotland for several years until she became a full-time writer. She has two children and together with her husband Liam they live in a cottage in the Galloway hills in Scotland with sheep and cows for neighbours. 

Cathy was the Queen of Teen award winner for 2010.
 
The Tanberry sisters from Cathy's irresistible Chocolate Box series star in their own videos on Cathy's youtube channel - click here!

Photo credit: Louise Llewelyn


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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies off to live with her dad in Australia. After all her troubles at home, Honey is determined to make a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Coco Caramel
Coco 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...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Pony Mad
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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Coco Caramel
Coco Caramel
Cathy Cassidy
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 passion is for riding and...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Summer's Dream
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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Chocolate Box Girls: Summer's Dream
Chocolate 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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Chocolate Box Girls: Marshmallow Skye
Chocolate 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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Chocolate Box Girls : Marshmallow Skye
Chocolate 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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Chocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush
Chocolate 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
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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Chocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush
Chocolate 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...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2010
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Love, Peace and Chocolate: A Pocket Money Puffin
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
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)
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
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
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
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, looks...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2008
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GingerSnaps
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
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
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
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
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
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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