Hangman by Julia Jarman


Written by Julia Jarman

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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 Normandy beaches of the Second World War. When Danny is forced to miss the bus home he is kidnapped by an old man who holds him prisoner, believing he is keeping him safe from the Germans. Danny is almost sent mad before he is rescued but he and the bullies are traumatized forever.


Hangman by Julia Jarman

Toby's heart sinks when he hears that Danny Lamb is coming to Lindley High School. Danny will expect Toby to be his friend, and Toby doesn't want that again. It was bad enough in infants. Danny is different - that's the trouble - though it's hard to say exactly why. Being Danny's friend would destroy his street cred and put his friends off him.


Jarman provides a searing insight into the mindlessness of bullying and the fickleness of so-called friendship. Books for Keeps A powerful and perceptive story. Mail on Sunday Bound to touch the heart of every child who has ever been party, in whatever way, to a bullying situation ... one of the best novels on the subject I've come across Northern Echo Hangman is for anyone who's ever been a playground thug or just stood by while someone else was being picked on. Bullying's no joke! Read this incredible book and take note. The Times Julia Jarman has an amazing ability to convey complex layers and issues through short and sharp stories which have maximum impact...irresistable plot School Librarian

About the Author

Julia Jarman

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.

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

29th February 2008




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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