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Julia Jarman - Author

Julia Jarman has written over 60 books for children. Born in 1946, Julia was brought up near Peterborough, and attended local schools. Her family had a small plot of land on which they kept chickens and pigs. They also had a dog, two cats, a succession of rabbits, and for a short time, a grass snake! Her pets have featured in her stories at some point. This little plot was important to Julia as she could escape there and read or just do nothing - essentials for a good imagination.

As a child she became a book worm and visited her local library on an almost daily basis. She started at one end of a shelf and read all the books until she reached the other end. Julia decided when she was 8 years old to become a children's writer, having read Little Women and the sequel Good Wives. The character in these books, Jo March, became a writer when she grew up and Julia wanted to be like her.

To begin with, Julia wrote to magazines, comics and newspapers and managed, at the age of 8, to have some work published.

On leaving school, Julia went to university to study English and Drama. She became a teacher to earn a living while developing her writing. During this stage she got married and had three children. Reading to her own children made her realise the importance of children's stories and underlined her determination to write.

Encouraged by her children, Julia started writing about people that were life like and exciting, and included some scary situations. Her philosophy is to take real life and add some 'what ifs' - and then anything can happen.

Julia still likes to read a lot but has to also make time for writing, which takes up about four days a week. She has little time for many hobbies as she also likes to visit schools one day a week to get feedback from children.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Julia Jarman

Lovely Old Lion
Julia Jarman - illustrated by Susan Varley
Lenny's grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny's name. Grandma explains he's not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his grandpa remember, games and activities that...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Lovely Old Lion
Julia Jarman - illustrated by Susan Varley
August 2015 Book of the Month Lenny's grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny's name. Grandma explains he's not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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A Friend in Need
Julia Jarman
How can three friends look out for each other? Daisy and Phoebe are worried about their friend Erika. She's good at everything and very popular but someone seems to be giving her a hard time. Each of the three girls...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Make Friends, Break Friends
Julia Jarman
Can three girls be friends? Daisy is determined to make Erika and Phoebe, her two best friends like each other. But will they? And if they do, will they still like her?! A night for the three of them in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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Pillywiggins and the Tree Witch
Julia Jarman
Shot through with fairy magic, Pillywiggins is a charming story for all those who love to believe in something a little bit different. Having just moved house, Natasha doesn't feel especially welcomed until she meets Jamie who soon introduces her...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2011
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Inside
Julia Jarman
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010 This is raw and powerful writing but a book that should be read for it doesn't shy away from telling the reader exactly how awful a Young Offenders' Institution is for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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Hangman
Julia Jarman
A chilling, psychological thriller with a strong historical background tells of one boy's survival against the school bullies. Danny is picked on by the boys at school and the enmity comes to a head on a school trip to the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/02/2008
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Big Red Bath
Julia Jarman
Have a splashy good time with this robust board book that makes bathtime fun. Ben and Bella enjoy the bath so much that all the animals join in too! A real story told in a jolly rhyming text.
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Format: Board Book | Released 17/05/2007
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Peace Weavers
Julia Jarman
A powerful and moving story which encourages teenagers to stand up for what they believe in and reaffirms the importance of fighting for peace. Hilde’s always been against the war with Iraq so, when her peace campaigning mother sends her...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/01/2006
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