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Jean Ure - Author

About the Author

Jean Ure was born in Surrey, and when growing up, knew that she was going to be a writer but she also wanted to be a ballet dancer.

She wrote her first novel when she was six years old which was about a little girl called Carol. Jean spent her teenage years writing and had her first book published when she was just sixteen – an event that prompted her to leave school the following year to continue writing. However she spent the next several years ‘scrubbing floors, waiting at tables, selling groceries’. Jean also worked as a nurse and at the BBC before enrolling at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she met her husband. She worked for several years in Paris as a translator for DATO and UNESCO and wrote romantic novels. Jean Ure is a well-known, respected and high-profile author whose numerous other titles, which include Love And Kisses, Star Crazy Me and, most recently, Jelly Baby, have received critical acclaim.

Jean is a vegan and animal lover. She lives with her husband, seven dogs and two cats in a 300 year old house in Croydon.

Featured books by Jean Ure

Other books by Jean Ure

Showtime

Showtime

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The final instalment in this inspiring series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams. From best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads! A big performance looms and Maddy knows that the school has a way of weeding out the weakest dancers. Now is her time to shine. But will Maddy and her friends be celebrating at the end of the year?

Star Quality

Star Quality

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2017

The second story in a new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads! Maddy is delighted when she and her friends are accepted to the prestigious City Ballet School - it feels like one step closer to their dream of becoming professional dancers. But the school brings a whole new set of challenges - and soon Maddy finds herself tested like never before.

Star Quality

Star Quality

Author: Jean Ure Format: eBook Release Date: 28/12/2017

The second story in a new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best loved author Jean Ure. Maddy is delighted when she and her friends are accepted to the prestigious City Ballet School - it feels like one step closer to their dream of becoming professional dancers. But the school brings a whole new set of challenges - and soon Maddy finds herself tested like never before.

Born To Dance

Born To Dance

Author: Jean Ure Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2017

The first in a brand-new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as "e;funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads!"e;When new girl Caitlyn arrives at Coombe House School Maddy is sure she must be a fellow ballet dancer; she certainly has all the grace and poise of a ballerina. So when Caitlyn denies it, Maddy isn't convinced. But it isn't until she comes across Caitlyn practising ballet in the gym that she realises there must be more to her story... Just what can it be? Maddy is determined to find out!

The Snow Globe

The Snow Globe

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2016

When her family's circumstances suddenly change, Abi finds herself moving to the large and intimidating local high school. She's pretty nervous on her first day but soon meets someone she thinks she could be friends with - even best friends. But as the two girls bond over Abi's treasured snow globe, prejudices and stereotypes might just tear them apart. There's a lot to learn about friendships and forgiveness. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Strawberry Crush

Strawberry Crush

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

A brand new story of crushes, first love and friendship from the original Queen of Tween - Jean Ure! When Maya falls off her bike and into the arms of Jake Harper, her cousin Mattie thinks the crush that follows will be as short-lived as the rest - especially as Maya is a Year 8 nobody and Jake is a Year 12 god. Mattie's pretty sure that Jake's taken, anyway. But if Jake's got a girlfriend then why does he keep offering Maya lifts around town? And why does Maya accuse Mattie of being jealous of her? Perhaps there's more to this crush than meets the eye...

Monster in the Mirror Level 14

Monster in the Mirror Level 14

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 14 books build on level 13 by offering stories with more complex plots and with a greater number of chapters to encourage the development of reading stamina. Non-fiction texts use complex vocabulary and deal with challenging global themes. The style of language further reflects progression in the teaching of Arabic grammar, while still using largely familiar vocabulary and simplified concepts. Matato is a cat, very long and slinky. Shamshoom is a dog, very big and woolly. When the People bring home Nisma the new cat with very sharp claws, Shamshoom's quiet life is shattered by this little pincushion. One day, Matato has an idea to put an end to Nisma's little games... Comically illustrated by Sholto Walker, this hilarious story was written by popular children's author Jean Ure.

Secrets and Dreams

Secrets and Dreams

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2014

The latest novel from bestselling author Jean Ure - perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy When Zoe's dream of going to boarding school becomes a reality, she can't wait for her life there to begin - but sometimes things don't turn out the way we expect, and when one of Zoe's new friends reveals a secret too big to share with the others in the group, Zoe finds herself caught in the middle. Will she be able to keep the Daisies together? Staying loyal while `fitting in' has never seemed harder...

Jelly Baby

Jelly Baby

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A humorous and heart-warming story about a little sister, a big sister, a cat, a dad and... a new girlfriend! Bitsy, or `Jelly Baby' as she's sometimes called, has been doing just fine living with Dad and big sister Em since Mum died. The housework may not always get done, and dinners might not always be at the table, but none of them ever minded! Until one day Dad brings home a girlfriend - and everything changes. Now it looks like it might be down to the Jelly Baby of the family to keep it from falling apart...

Star for a Day

Star for a Day

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2014

A warm and wise tale about the unique challenges of pre-teen life from a master of the genre. Lucy has lived her entire life in her sister's shadow - Lola is always the centre of attention and constantly in need of new clothes for a party or kit for her dancing, meaning Lucy often goes without. But when a talent show comes to town, an unlikely ally helps Lucy step into the spotlight for once. Will Lucy discover her own star quality? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Eggs on Legs

Eggs on Legs

Author: Jean Ure Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2014

Gems is a series of books written specifically for struggling girl readers. In this title Lara is tired of being second best next to her smarmy cousin Nathan. The town's annual writing competition is coming up, but she has no ideas! If only something would drop into her head. Suddenly, she finds an 'egg thing' in the compost heap in her garden. When the egg starts making strange squeaking sounds, she knows she has to rescue it! In the dead of night, there are strange lights from the garden. There are two even larger egg creatures standing on the compost heap! Is this an invasion? Or do they come in peace?

The Kissing Game

The Kissing Game

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Salvatore d'Amato is determined to get a kiss before his birthday - easier said than done. From the bestselling and much-loved Jean Ure. Salvatore d'Amato - or Sally Tomato, as his friends sometimes call him - is determined to get a kiss by his thirteenth birthday. And not just any kiss. A kiss from his heart's desire - the lovely, loveable, luscious Lucy! With his wonderful love poetry, and his secret body-building, how will she be able to resist? If only that horrible Harmony Hynde would stop bothering him in the meantime!

Just Peachy

Just Peachy

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

A coming of age story about self-discovery and independence from the Queen of Tween, Jean Ure. `I've always been the quiet one in my dramatic family. Not a drama queen, or a genius composer, or a twin, but Just Peachy. Mum says I've got my own thing going on... I just wish I knew what that was! When I decide I want to attend Sacred Heart school rather than Summerville where my family have always gone everyone finally stops to listen! Stepping out on my own is scary, but I need space to find out who I am and what I'm good at.' A new novel from Jean Ure, about a girl trying to find who she really is - and maybe a friend along the way...

Just Peachy

Just Peachy

Author: Jean Ure Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

A coming of age story about self-discovery and independence from the Queen of Tween, Jean Ure.`I've always been the quiet one in my dramatic family. Not a drama queen, or a genius composer, or a twin, but Just Peachy. Mum says I've got my own thing going on... I just wish I knew what that was!When I decide I want to attend Sacred Heart school rather than Summerville where my family have always gone everyone finally stops to listen! Stepping out on my own is scary, but I need space to find out who I am and what I'm good at.'A new novel from Jean Ure, about a girl trying to find who she really is - and maybe a friend along the way...

Secret Meeting

Secret Meeting

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

The beautifully repackaged eighth title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous and poignant stories, about making wishes come true. I'm your fairy godmother! Annie sprang off the bed and did a little twirl. I'm the one who makes you dreams come true! Annie's arranged an amazing birthday present for her best friend, Megan. She's surfed the Net, made the contacts, and it's all sorted! Now all they need to do is to escape from Annie's bossy older sister, because a secret meeting wouldn't be the same if it wasn't, well secret...

Danny Dynamite

Danny Dynamite

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2012

When Billy the Skid and his nasty gang of mountain bikers ride into Bodley Street and ride menacingly up and down, Danny and friends are determined to fight back. They know bullies must be stopped - the question is how? After a little thought, Danny comes up with an ingenious plan and enlists the help of the twins, Daisy and Donna. All will be well providing Danny can lure Billy into the spooky graveyard and sprint through like dynamite! A cheering story for new readers, with a cosy setting, a clear triumph for Danny against the bully and told with lots of humour.

Real True Friends

Real True Friends

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Hannah moves to a new school where she must decide who is her real true friend - the Queen of Cool or Zoe 'Freaky' Frost. A funny and touching story about friendship and fitting in. Hannah has to start at a new school in the middle of term, when everybody has already made their own cosy group of friends - will anyone be willing to befriend Hannah? Michelle, the Queen of Cool, says she will be her friend, but only if she stops talking to Zoe 'Freaky' Frost. Should she ignore Zoe to hang out with the popular girls? A hilarious, cleverly written read, with a reading age of 8 so also suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

A classic read from the acclaimed author Jean Ure. There's trouble ahead when Steph and Sam's father embarks on a spot of kidnapping. Parents! First they're together, then they're apart. For Stephanie, a cool fourteen year old, and Samantha, her ten-year-old sister, being stuck in the middle of their parent's problems is just what they need. Not. When Dad decides that what the girls really need is a summer holiday with him in Brighton, they jump at the chance. No rules, no hassle, no worries. But things never turn out the way you think, and Steph and Sam soon discover there's a lot more to being a family than they thought...

Bug Eyed Monsters

Bug Eyed Monsters

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2012

Mr Snitcher is an alien! Pass it on... Nobody knew where the rumour came from. Most of the boys think it's a joke. But the more Joe and Harry and their friends think about it, the weirder Mr Snitcher starts to look. Is he really an alien? And how about the rest of the teachers? Laugh-out-loud school story with a sci-fi twist.

Freaks Out!

Freaks Out!

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The third hilarious book about ten-year-old FRANKIE FOSTER - the girl who wants to help, but ends up causing chaos! From the best-loved and original Queen of Tween, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as, funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads! Frankie Foster loves fixing people's problems. Her help might not always be welcome - and she might cause the odd total disaster - but Frankie always fixes things. Eventually! Frankie's best friend Skye, who's pretty serious at the best of times, is acting even more quiet than usual, so it's up to Frankie and their other best friend, Jem, to find out what's up. And when Skye confesses that she's lost a very special pencil, bequeathed to her by her granny, Frankie is determined to discover what's happened to the precious heirloom. In fact, she's SO determined to help, she's prepared to go to some extraordinary lengths... with some hilarious and very spooky consequences!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Jacqueline Wilson calls Jean's books Funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads and Pumpkin Pie is no exception, especially now it's sporting a gorgeous new cover look! Who wants to be one of three? And who wants to be the middle one of three? Polly is stuck in the middle, with a beautiful, fashion-conscious older sister and a high-achieving younger brother grabbing all the attention. Polly wants to be the one to get noticed, the one to become a famous actress, the one who is thin. But when Polly decides to take drastic action to shed pounds, she loses more than just weight.

Pick `n' Mix

Pick `n' Mix

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

The second fantastic book about ten-year-old FRANKIE FOSTER - the girl who wants to help, but ends up causing chaos! Frankie Foster loves fixing people's problems. Her help might not always be welcome - and she might cause the odd total disaster - but Frankie always fixes things. Eventually! When Frankie's mum agrees to have a friend's daughter to stay for a fortnight, it falls on Frankie's shoulders to look after Amelia. Having another girl share her broom cupboard of a bedroom is one thing, but wherever Amelia goes, trouble seems to follow, however hard Frankie tries to keep her out of it! Frankie certainly gets more than she bargains for with Amelia, but in typical Frankie fashion, she soon realises how being different is no bad thing and learns some important lessons along the way... like the true meaning of friendship and how to keep life `sweet'!

SKINNY MELON AND ME

SKINNY MELON AND ME

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

This is the first title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. Cherry's mother has just re-married, much to Cherry's disgust. The worst thing about her step-father is his name: Roland Butter. Can you imagine? Cherry's best friend, Skinny Melon, is a sounding board for all Cherry's angsts - Roland's allergies for one - who wants a wimpy step-father, all sniffly and red-eyed? All this and curried compost school dinners to contend with. But when Roland starts sending Cherry coded messages, her curiosity is aroused. Will she ever learn to live with, and even like, Roland Butter?

Coming Home BC Blue (KS2) B/4A Coming Home (Blue B/NC 4A)

Coming Home BC Blue (KS2) B/4A Coming Home (Blue B/NC 4A)

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Year 5 Blue B (NC level 4a) fiction short story collection ... Hi, I'm Josh, and I'm an alien! Well, that's what my sister Jodie says. To be serious, I'd always felt a bit, well, different. It's not just that I have 'two left feet', and I'm adopted - there was more to it than that. Then I met Taz and Maya, and things started to fall into place. Here's my story ...

Fizzypop

Fizzypop

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

The first book about ten-year-old FRANKIE FOSTER - the girl who wants to help, but ends up causing chaos! Frankie Foster loves fixing people's problems. Her help might not always be welcome - and she might cause the odd total disaster - but Frankie always fixes things. Eventually! It all started with the My Beginnings essays that Frankie and her classmates had to write for English. Her best friend, Jem, wrote all about how she felt being adopted and it was so good it got chosen to be read out at the end of term Speech Day! But writing the essay stirs up some questions for Jem, and she starts wondering about the identity of her biological mum. Needless to say, Frankie jumps at the chance to uncover the mystery and makes it her mission to reunite mother and daughter... regardless of the consequences!

Monster in the Mirror Band 12/Copper

Monster in the Mirror Band 12/Copper

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Stretch is a cat, long and slinky. Woffles is a dog, big and woolly. When the People bring home Muffy the new cat with sharp claws, Woffles' quiet life is shattered. But Stretch has an idea to put an end to Muffy's little games... Comically illustrated by Sholto Walker, this hilarious story was written by popular children's author Jean Ure. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A humorous animal story. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Learn at Home:Pocket Reads Year 3 Fiction Pack (6 books)

Learn at Home:Pocket Reads Year 3 Fiction Pack (6 books)

Author: Jean Ure, Alex Hay, Kate Simpson, Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2010

Six Year 3 fiction books, from Pocket Reads. Small enough to fit in your pocket, these beautifully illustrated stories will spook and excite your children and really capture their imagination!

Girlfriends: Boys Behaving Badly

Girlfriends: Boys Behaving Badly

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

They're the GIRLFRIENDS - Polly, Keri, Frizz and Lily. They're totally INSEPARABLE, but totally INDIVIDUAL too! A brand-new story in this brilliant series: unmissable books for girls! Polly's getting tired of doing the same things with her boyfriend, Rees, especially when his idea of fun is training their dogs together! Her friends' lives seem much more exciting. So when another boy shows an interest, Polly decides she needs a change. But it's not just boys who can behave badly...

Ice Lolly

Ice Lolly

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

A heart-warming gem of a novel about a very special girl who suddenly finds herself all alone in the world... Laurel is only twelve when her mum dies and she is shipped off to stay with relatives she hardly knows. Her new family don't seem to care about anything Laurel loves, including books and Mr Pooter, her old marmalade-coloured cat. So Laurel decides that she won't feel anything: she'll become Ice Lolly, the girl with the frozen heart. But a special friend and a mysterious letter open up new possibilities for Ice Lolly, and for Mr Pooter...

Love and Kisses

Love and Kisses

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

A fun and feisty new novel from master storyteller Jean Ure - with a gorgeous new cover look to appeal to all girls who love real-life stories. Thirteen-year-old Tamsin has never had a boyfriend, and she's starting to feel left behind. Even her ten-year-old sister has a boyfriend, so surely it must be her turn soon! When Tamsin meets Alex, she just can't stop thinking about him, and she's thrilled when he asks her out on a date. But he's sixteen and has already left school. Before she knows it, Tamsin is lying about her age and going behind her parents back... but for how long can she keep up the pretence? A charming story about the innocence of first love - and learning to do the right thing.

Fortune Cookie

Fortune Cookie

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

A fun and feisty new comedy drama from master storyteller Jean Ure - with a gorgeous new cover look to appeal to all girls who love real-life stories. When Daniella Cassidy and her best friend Lisa fall in love with the gorgeous puppy in the next door garden, they never imagine they'll end up getting to keep him - that they'll have to save his life - or that he'll lead them into such big trouble... A crazy real-life adventure about friendship, family, pets - and a plan that spirals out of control.

Bad Alice

Bad Alice

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

13-year-old Duffy is staying with his nan for the summer while his baby sister recovers from a life-saving operation. Duffy suffers mildy from Tourette's Syndrome and he only knows his gran and one of her neighbour's kids, a loud, insensitive kid called Stephen - what's he going to do for six whole weeks! Then Duffy meets Alice, a girl his age who lives next door. His nan disapproves of Alice because she's direct and temperamental and 'difficult'. But she makes Duffy feel accepted and liked. Alice listens to him, and she doesn't laugh at his Tourette's.Duffy can talk to Alice because she listens and she seems to know what its like to feel an outsider. But Alice is more cryptic about her own home life. Her dad, Big Norm, seems to be the most popular man in town; a devout Evangelist who runs a care home - Duffy's nan adores him. Yet Alice has an uneasy relationship with him, half worshipping, half resentful. Duffy can't work it out. But when Alice shows Duffy the story she's been writing, written in the style of Alice in Wonderland, he starts to worry. Reading between the lines it seems that her dad has been abusing Alice, to what extent it isn't clear, but she needs Duffy's help. He slowly convinces Alice to face up to her situation in the real world, not just in a story, and he tells his nan what's been going on. Alice is taken into care, and Duffy faces the fact he may never see her again, but 'Bad Alice' touched his life - he will never forget her.

Star Crazy Me

Star Crazy Me

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

A brilliant new comedy drama from Jean Ure, all about the ups and downs of seeking fame. Carmen is in Year 9 and has serious ambitions to be a rock star. She has a great voice, has taught herself to play the guitar, and with one of her best friends, Josh, actually writes her own songs. The school is having a Top Spot contest for would-be pop stars, and Carmen eagerly puts her name on the list. But when Carmen hears a spiteful girl at her school make comments about her weight, she bunks off school and swears she is never going back...

Girlfriends: Girls Are Groovy!

Girlfriends: Girls Are Groovy!

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2008

Meet the girlfriends! Polly, Keri, Frizz and Lily. They're the Gang of Four, and they're going to stick together for ever and ever! But, why then does Keri keep inviting her new school friend, Jemima, to their special Saturday 'Gang of Four' meetings? And why is Frizz behaving so strangely? Polly can't help wondering what her friend isn't telling her. Can the girlfriends make everything groovy again?

Girlfriends: Boys Are Ok!

Girlfriends: Boys Are Ok!

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2008

Meet the girlfriends! Polly, Keri, Frizz and Lily. They're the Gang of Four, and they're going to stick together for ever and ever! When Polly gets back from summer camp it seems that all her friends have grown up and left her behind. Even Frizz is wearing a bra! And they keep inviting boys to their parties. Are boys really OK?

Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

A classic Jean Ure story for girls AND boys, about a boy who's driving girls wild... Dorian Jones is an 11-year-old boy who is having `terrible trouble with girls'. They just won't leave him alone. Girls at school and his annoying younger sisters' friends have massive crushes on him, but Dory's passion is for dinosaurs and he is happiest excavating his back garden. His best friend at school is Aaron and his best friend out of school is a girl called the Herb. How will Dory stop girls throwing themselves at him? Why is Aaron holding hands with Sophy Timms? And why is the Herb acting so strange around Dory all of a sudden...

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2006

More comedy, calamity and cool characters from Jean Ure, the queen of tween. Scarlett is finding out that life is full of ups and downs. One minute she's over the moon and the next she's down in the dumps. She's bright, attractive and twelve years old, but she has to rely on more than just her looks to get her the grades she needs to qualify for the Founder's Day dinner and dance. And what's she going to do when her eyes mysteriously puff up? Who's going to want to take her to the dance in that state, least of all a dish like golden-haired Sun God Matt?

Boys Beware

Boys Beware

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2005

Another brilliant story containing comedy, calamity and cool characters by acclaimed writer Jean Ure. Even though Tash and Emily go to a nunnery (well, an all girls' school, which amounts to the same thing!), they are into boys in a BIG WAY. They're also stepsisters and the hugest of best friends. So when their mum and dad have to go Peru for work for a couple of months, leaving the girls in their own flat in Aunty Jay's house, they are seriously excited. Of course they've got to take their weird elder sister, Ali, hundreds of her Star Trek videos and Fat Man the cat, but apart from that they are INDEPENDENT GIRLS. And when they find out that there's a dishy boy living in the flat downstairs, they just can't believe their luck...

POCKET TALES YEAR 3 THE GOOLS

POCKET TALES YEAR 3 THE GOOLS

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2005

Pocket Tales is part of Pocket Reads, a superb collection of quality books that really capture children's imaginations! Pocket Reads have fantastic breadth and variety of genre, with Pocket Sci-Fi, Pocket Facts and Pocket Chillers making up the rest of the collection of independent readers. The fiction books are beautifully illustrated and are guaranteed to appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The non-fiction readers are equally as stunning and will captivate and excite children with fascinating facts. The 105 pocket-sized fiction and non-fiction readers have each been carefully levelled to the National Curriculum and Book-Banded to ensure children make progression. You can therefore be assured that every reading experience is one that counts.

Is Anybody There? Seeing is Believing

Is Anybody There? Seeing is Believing

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2004

More comedy, calamity and cool characters from acclaimed-writer Jean Ure. Joanna, Chloe and Dee are the best of friends. They may be seen as outsiders at school, but they're an inseparable trio. Joanna who narrates the story, lives with her mum. But Mum's not your normal, average parent - she's a medium. Cool, you might think, but Jo's inherited her mother's psychic ability, which is not really compatible with school life! When one of their classmates goes missing, Chloe and Dee persuade Jo to use her gift to find her - but having a gift is one thing, dealing with the consequences is another...

Family Fan Club

Family Fan Club

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2004

A humorous, poignant and heartwarming story of four girls and their exasperating parents. Reissued in the Jean Ure branding. People always fall out after they're married. I'm going to stay single. Jasmine, Laurel, Rose and Daisy. Four very different sisters, four very different attitudes! As if living with each other wasn't bad enough, living with their parents is worse - particularly parents who are both actors. Please! But after the Great Row, the girls find themselves living with Mum, while Dad has gone to America to find work. How are the sisters going to achieve their own personal ambitions: become an actress, model, writer, vet... when they can't even achieve their joint ambition - to reunite parents who are on different continents?

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2003

The seventh title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous and poignant stories. There's trouble ahead when Steph and Sam's father embarks on a spot of kidnapping. Of course, Mum shouldn't have thrown the frying pan at Dad. The day after she threw it, Dad left home... Of course, Mum shouldn't have thrown the frying pan at Dad. The day after she threw it, Dad left home... Parents! First they're together, then they're apart. For Stephanie, a hip fourteen year old, and Samantha, her ten-year-old sister, being stuck in the middle of their parent's problems is just what they need. Not. When Dad decides that what the girls really need is a summer holiday with him in Brighton, they jump at the chance. No rules, no hassle, no worries. But things never turn out the way you think, and Steph and Sam soon discover there's a lot more to being a family than they thought... Jean Ure's diary series includes: Pumpkin Pie, Shrinking Violet, Skinny Melon and Me, The Secret Life of Sally Tomato, Becky Bananas, This is Your Life! and Fruit and Nutcase.

Bad Alice

Bad Alice

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2003

13-year-old Duffy is staying with his nan for the summer while his mum and seriously ill little sister are in America for a life-saving operation. Duffy suffers mildy from Tourette's Syndrome - he only knows his gran and one of her neighbour's kids, a loud, insensitive kid called Stephen - what's he going to do for six whole weeks! Then Duffy meets Alice, a girl his age who lives next door, a girl who Nan disapproves of and everyone in the town thinks is mad; a girl who makes Duffy feel accepted and liked. Alice is volatile, and direct and Duffy tells her all about his little sister, his Tourette's and his absent father who left his mum because of him. Alice is more cryptic about her own home life. Everyone knows her adoptive father, Big Norm; he's the most popular man around; a devout Evangelist who runs a care home - Duffy's nan adores him. Yet Alice and her adopted sister are half in awe, half frightened of their dad; desperate for his approval, yet somehow resentful of him, too. It isn't until Alice shows Duffy the story she's been writing, written in the style of Alice in Wonderland, that the scales finally fall from his eyes.Big Norm has been abusing Alice, to what extent it isn't clear, but she's terrified, and he has to help her. Duffy convinces Alice to face her situation in the real world, not just in a story, and to tell his nan what's been going on. When the truth is out, Alice is taken into care, and Duffy faces the fact he may never see her again, but 'bad Alice' touched his life - he will never forget her.

Dazzling Danny

Dazzling Danny

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

Danny loves dancing, but not the funky, popular variety that would have his friends green with envy; no, Danny loves Ballet. A `Billy Elliot' for younger readers by this renowned ballet-loving author. Danny loves ballet, but he daren't admit it to his mates. But one of his teacher's knows, and she casts Danny in the starring ballet role in the end of term show at school. But Danny is also in the school football team and the rehearsals for the show clash with team nights. How can be maintain his cool with his peers and still star in the performance. Mixups and mayhen ensue as several fibs are told to parents, friends and siblings. But at the end of the day, is Danny sick as a parrot or over the moon? On performance night, Danny is simply DAZZLING!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2002

The sixth gloriously funny and poignant book about family life in Jean Ure's series of `secret' diary stories. Who wants to be one of three? And who wants to be the middle one of three? Polly is stuck in the middle, with a beautiful, fashion-conscious older sister and a high-achieving younger brother grabbing all the attention. Polly wants to be the one to get noticed, the one to become a famous actress, the one who is thin. But when Polly decides to take drastic action to shed pounds, she loses more than just weight. Jean Ure's diary series includes: Shrinking Violet, Skinny Melon and Me, The Secret Life of Sally Tomato, Becky Bananas, This is Your Life and Fruit and Nutcase.

Girlfriends: Pink Knickers Aren't Cool

Girlfriends: Pink Knickers Aren't Cool

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

Meet Polly, Keri, Frizz and Lily - they're the Gang of Four, and they're determined to be best friends for ever! Their bond of friendship is severely tested, though, when they discover that they are all going off to different schools in the autumn. And poor Frizz is going to be left with their arch enemy, Jessamy James, a show-off who wears pink knickers, which they all know isn't cool! A lively and humorous story perfect for top junior girls facing the momentous change to secondary school.

Daisy May

Daisy May

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2002

Rags to riches story of a young orphan who becomes a famous actress. A Roaring Good Read launch title. Daisy is brought up in a foundling's hospital in Victorian times. At ten she is sent into service as a skivvy at the Dobell Academy.There she watches all the pupils learning how to be young ladies, wearing fine clothes and learning how to read, write and... dance. Daisy dreams of being like them one day and painstakingly teaches herself to read with the help of one kind teacher. She is caught dancing in one of the piano rooms and is and reproved for having 'ideas above her station', but undaunted she perseveres with her dream to be a 'beautiful lady on the stage.' Daisy even makes up a stage name - Marguerite Dobell. One night, in her attic bedroom, she sees a ghost - an old lady sitting in a rocking chair looking through a scrapbook of photos and theatre programmes. The woman is strangely familiar . When the young ladies of Dobell Academy put on their end of term dancing display, Daisy risks being caught again and does her own dance in the corridor -spotted by two late-comers who realise that Daisy is the perfect little dancer to play the part of Dolly in their production Little Dolly Daydream. That night, in her attic bedroom, Daisy is revisited by her ghost looking in old theatre programmes - she spots the name of the production, it is Little Dolly Daydream and there in the cast list is the name Marguerite Dobell. Daisy has seen into the future, the ghost is none other than herself as an elderly and once famous actress. Her dream will come true. A wonderful unashamedly sentimental rags- to-riches story which young readers from 7 and upwards will adore, and one which will be timeless and backlist well. My Fair Lady meets The Little Match Girl from a prize-winning author.

Shrinking Violet

Shrinking Violet

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2002

The fifth gloriously funny and poignant book in Jean Ure's series of `secret' diary stories. Lily and Violet are twins - physically identical but quite opposite in character. Lily is brash, up-front and in your face. Lily Loudmouth, her dad calls her. Violet is timid and shy. She lives very much in Lily's shadow - a shrinking violet. Finding it difficult to make friends, Violet finds the perfect solution in Katie, her new pen pal. Soon the two are writing at a fast and furious pace and become very attached to each other. That is, until Katie suggests that they meet...

Boys on the Brain

Boys on the Brain

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2002

Cresta's diary starts: My mum! She has boys on the brain! This is a fun, pacey diary-based story told through the eyes of a typical contemporary girl of 14 in an 'AB FAB' kind of family. Cresta and Charlie are seriously embarrassed by their parents who insist on behaving like teenagers... Cresta's mother and her boyfriend play loud music when she's trying to work, and keep her awake at night with their noisy parties. Charlie, who's a bit plump, complains that her mum keeps nagging her to go on a diet. Hasn't she ever heard of anorexia? she complains. Cresta and Charlie are serious about their schoolwork and their careers and they are not going to waste their time thinking about boys... at least until they've taken their A levels... But then they meet some seriously cool guys.

Fruit and Nutcase

Fruit and Nutcase

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2002

The third title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. This is the story of how Mandy learns to cope with her untidy life and finally emerges triumphant. Mandy Small has trouble writing so Cat, her teacher, suggests that she tells her life story into a tape recorder. So begins Mandy's funny and sometimes sad story of life with her loving but chaotic parents - Dad, the Elvis look-alike, and Mum, whose idea of a special meal is burnt toast! Then there's school, where the horrible Tracey Bigg picks on Mandy and her timid friend, Oliver, not to mention Old Misery Guts, the landlady and Nan, who thinks that Mandy's parents aren't fit to look after her. With so many things to worry about, Mandy begins to think that she's in danger of turning into a real Fruit and Nutcase! Mandy's story, told in the form of diary into a tape recorder, is a funny and often moving account of a child's everyday life, with all its difficulties. Hilariously illustrated by Mick Brownfield.

Skinny Melon and Me

Skinny Melon and Me

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2002

This is the first title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. Cherry's teacher has told her that keeping a diary is a good way to unclog your head -- and Cherry certainly has a lot on her mind! Cherry's mother has just re-married, much to Cherry's disgust. The worst thing about her step-father is his name: Roland Butter. Can you imagine? Cherry's best friend, Skinny Melon, is a sounding board for all Cherry's angsts -- Roland's allergies for one -- who wants a wimpy step-father, all sniffly and red-eyed? All this and curried compost school dinners to contend with. But when Roland starts sending Cherry coded messages, her curiosity is aroused. Will she ever learn to live with, and even like, Roland Butter?

Becky Bananas This is Your Life

Becky Bananas This is Your Life

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2002

The second title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. Becky Bananas is eleven years, nine months, three days and fourteen hours old and her great ambitions are: *To visit the world-famous Wonderland theme park *To star on the TV programme This Is Your Life *To become a famous dancer *And to be twelve A poignant and heartwarming story of Becky Bananas, who has leukaemia. It's always sad having to say goodbye to someone you love. But I wouldn't have missed knowing someone like Becky for the world! Jean Ure

The Secret Life of Sally Tomato

The Secret Life of Sally Tomato

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2001

The fourth title in Jean Ure's acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children. Jean Ure perfectly captures the lives of ordinary children - but no child is ever ordinary, and certainly not Salvatore d'Amato - or Sally Tomato, as he's sometimes called. He's out to get a girl and he has a plan: he's going to write some Disgusting Ditties - one for each letter of the alphabet, and start some secret body-building, too. That way he's bound to attract someone. (But he doesn't want his sister to know his plans...) Whether it's Sal Tomato here, Mandy Small in FRUIT AND NUTCASE, Cherry in SKINNY MELON AND ME, or Becky in BECKY BANANAS, their lives, with all their ups and downs, is presented with courage, humour and tenacity. These are special children who any child can relate to and will draw inspiration and hope from their stories of their lives.

Monster in the Mirror

Monster in the Mirror

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2000

A woolly dog and a fluffy cat live together in perfect harmony - until the arrival of a tiny kitten. Heartwarming story from a renowned author. Woffles is a dog. Very big and woolly. Stretch is a cat. Very smooth and slinky. But one day, this contented pair have a new addition to their family. A big ball of black fluff in the form of a very naughty kitten - Muffy - who holds up her claws with her nails sticking out so they look like pins on a pin cushion. And Muffy decides to play tricks on Woffles and mayhem ensues. It's up to Stretch to restore harmony to the household . He does so by introducing Muffy to a monster - her own reflection in a long mirror in the upstairs bedroom. Muffy is tamed. Meanwhile Woffles, thinking there is a monster in the upstairs bedroom refuses to go anywhere near it, until persuaded to by Stretch to be brave. What confronts Woffles is a big and woolly dog. So Muffy the kitten seeks protection from the monster in the mirror from Woffles; And Woffles knows that he will be protected by the big woolly dog in the mirror!

Big Tom

Big Tom

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2000

Life in London during the second world war, as seen through the eyes of a lively nine-year-old boy. Neville Chamberlain has just made the announcement: Great Britain and Germany are at war. Mum worries about Derek in the army; Dad's thinking about the Andersen shelter he's just built in the garden; Elaine is thinking about boys and stockings and her job at the factory. Jenny, aged eleven is worrying about the animals. But Bobbie -- aged nine, has never been so excited in his life. He thinks the war is the most fantastic game. His only worry is that it will end before he is old enough to join up -- he wants to see the planes -- He knows the names of all of them; he wants to catch a German spy; he wants to be kept in the Andersen shelter over night. It's only when his beloved Big Tom, a cat, is missing believed dead, that Bobbie realises the truth about war. A wonderful picture of childhood and a sensitive portrayal of family loyalties in times of crisis. Excitement, terror, misery and humour -- the poignancy of Goodnight Mr Tom plus the humour of Hope and Glory in this beautifully crafted young novel.

Complete Ballet Stories

Complete Ballet Stories

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/1998

A book which captures the passions and obsessions in the lives of hopeful young dancers. Rose and Nicola Bruce are two talented but very different sisters who have to overcome the problems of jealousy and uncertainty before thay can begin to realise their ambitions, while Jamie Carr faces the problem of unexpectedly getting involved in the world of ballet and having to face his friends at school. In Star Turn, Karen Anders and Jessamy Hart face true tests of their determination and dedication. Three star-struck tales written with warmth and understanding and bound into one inspiring volume. A treat for all true ballet lovers.

Whatever Happened To Katy Jane?

Whatever Happened To Katy Jane?

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/1996

Harriet Strikes Again

Harriet Strikes Again

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/1995

HARRIET'S BACK! If there's one thing that Harriet's not short of, it's good ideas. Whether it's a money-raising scheme, or a new way of helping somebody out, Harriet has all the answers. Unfortunately, Harriet's plans usually send people diving for cover -- usually too late! Four hilarious new stories from the author of 'Help! It's Harriet!'

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