King Midas's Golden Touch by Julia Jarman
  

Synopsis

King Midas's Golden Touch by Julia Jarman

When King Midas is granted a wish from the god Dionysus, he knows just what to choose: everything he touches to turn to gold. But that's just when all his troubles start...The Hopscotch Myths series retells a selection of classic tales in accessible language, with text no longer than 400 words and lavish illustrations.

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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Julia Jarman
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Author's Website

www.juliajarman.com/

Publisher

Franklin Watts Ltd an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

13th January 2011

ISBN

9780749685898


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