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Jo Cotterill - Author

About the Author

Before turning to writing full time, Jo was an English and drama teacher and previously, she toured the country as an actor and musician. Jo’s Sweet Hearts series has been very wellreceived and incredibly popular with pre-teen girls.

Her other Solo titles for Barrington Stoke are Take Two, Three’s a Crowd and Love Bites. She lives in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Featured books by Jo Cotterill

Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars

13+ readers

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 12-16 years  Amina’s family is forced toflee as refuges from an obsessive regime. Even in a harsh refugee camp, Amina and hersister Jenna’s situation is enhanced by the power of the imagination and storytelling. Though Looking at the Stars certainly doesn’t avoid any depictions of the harshness of life for people in conflict zones, this beautifully written book leaves with a feeling of hope.

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Three's a Crowd

Three's a Crowd

11+ readers

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2012

Interest age: Teen, Reading age 6.5+. Jo Cotterill's brand new story about a girl spoilt for choice as she searches for her dream boy. Molly's been asked on two dates with two very different boys and she can't make up her mind who she likes best. Luckily, her best friend Ben is on hand to help her decide. Girly fun from the acclaimed author of the Sweet Hearts series. Suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Take Two

Take Two

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2011

Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6.5+. Lily's so excited. Theo, the hottest guy in school, has asked her to the prom. She can't wait to tell her best friend Carla. But it turns out Carla has some news too - he's invited her as well! But instead of getting mad, they decide to get even and force him to take them both to the prom, with hilarious results. Girly comedy.

Other books by Jo Cotterill

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 16: Geeks Can't Dance

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 16: Geeks Can't Dance

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

There are two things in life that Keisha gets completely head-over-heels-excited about: science facts, and her favourite band. Incredibly, there's a chance the band might visit her school, if she and her friends can raise the money. But there's also a science competition just been announced, in which the winner gets to visit NASA - and there's not enough time to do both! Faced with choosing between her friends and her passion, what is Keisha going to do? Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 12, Lime+ Book Band: Code Red!

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 12, Lime+ Book Band: Code Red!

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Code Red! is in Lime+ Book Band, Oxford Level 12. In this story, Cam has a mission: she must help recruit a new pupil to Hero Academy. However, she will need to use more than her shapeshifting powers, if shes going to convince him to join the rest of the heroes. Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 11, Lime Book Band: The Mysterious Miss Tula

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 11, Lime Book Band: The Mysterious Miss Tula

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. The Mysterious Miss Tula is in Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11. In this story, a new librarian joins Hero Academy. But Evan thinks there's something strange about her. Who is she, and what does she want? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Jelly

Jelly

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. A warm, feel-good story for 9+ about taking a leap of faith when life feels wobbly. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy. Jelly, aged 11, is the life and soul of the classroom. She's popular and great at doing impressions. She's also overweight. She's learned to deal with the put-downs by brushing them off and pretending she finds it all very funny - while making up poems and writing her private worries in a notebook. Then Lennon arrives, Mum's new boyfriend. He's nice. He treats her mum well, buys her flowers, doesn't let her down. He's the first person to have noticed that Jelly is playing a part. He reads her poems and tells her they're really good. In fact, he'd like to set one to music. When a talent show is announced at school, Lennon persuades Jelly sing her poem in the contest. But can Jelly find the courage to perform something so personal - especially when Lennon might not always be there to cheer her on?

Hopewell High: Like and Share

Hopewell High: Like and Share

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Daisy can't believe her luck; she met her boyfriend online and he's perfect! He's funny, kind and the pics he's sent of himself are so gorgeous. Sharing photos of herself with him seems harmless but can she really trust him? Join the girls of Hopewell High as they tackle everything boarding school can throw at them... together. Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, Like and Share is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Book band: Grey

Hopewell High: Eat Cake and Run

Hopewell High: Eat Cake and Run

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Hani's spent her whole life training to be a great athlete, just like her grandma. But what if that's making her ill? Join Hani and her friends as she tackles her Bulimia and tries to figure out who she wants to be. One thing's for sure: the girls of Hopewell High will take on everything boarding school can throw at them... together! Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, Eat Cake and Run is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Book band: Grey

A Storm of Strawberries

A Storm of Strawberries

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Darby loves summer on her family's strawberry farm - but is the weather about to turn? A UK nomination for IBBY's List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019 Darby is twelve and has Down's syndrome. Her favourite things are music, chocolate, and her big sister Kaydee. It's nearly time for the annual chocolate hunt, the highlight of Darby's year, but Kaydee has brought a friend home for the weekend. Suddenly both the chocolate hunt and her favourite person are in danger of slipping away... and to make things worse, the family's strawberry farm is hit by a tornado. When the storm clears, what will be left? And can Darby mend what's been broken when nobody will listen to her? A warm, thoughtful and empathetic novel from acclaimed author Jo Cotterill.

Electrigirl and the Invisible Thieves

Electrigirl and the Invisible Thieves

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Part book. Part comic. One electrifying superhero adventure! Holly Sparkes returns to Blue Haven after her summer holiday to find some strange goings on. Weird green slime is oozing out of the ground, there's been a spate of mysterious robberies, and worst of all she's losing control of her electrifying super-powers. If she could only stop blowing things up, she might just be able to save the day . . . again! A great read for both boys and girls, with fast paced and exciting plots, this is perfect for comic book and superhero fans.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12 : The Great Howling Mystery

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12 : The Great Howling Mystery

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

When all the local dogs begin to vanish, Tyla is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book - one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Hopewell High: Stage Fright

Hopewell High: Stage Fright

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Alice's parents are having problems and she has the lead in the school play. Can her friends help her to get over her stage fright? Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, Stage Fright is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Book band: Grey

Hopewell High: All Too Much

Hopewell High: All Too Much

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Samira wants to do well, her parents want her to do well, her teachers want her to do well, but the pressure is starting to tell. Can her friends rescue her when it all gets too much? Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, All Too Much is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Book band: Grey

As You Like It Band 16/Sapphire

As You Like It Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

When Rosalind is banished to the forest by her uncle it goes without saying that her cousin Celia will go with her. But their new life gets slightly complicated, when, disguised as boys, they meet real boys, who they'd quite like to live happily ever after with! How to reveal who they really are, without losing the people they love? Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Picture Him

Picture Him

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Aliya loves taking photos. She talks with a stammer, but who needs words when you can have pictures? Aliya mainly hangs out at the art block, where she gets to meet Ben, whose art is amazing - but he never speaks to her. Then when Aliya looks at her latest series of pictures, she sees a murky figure in the background of many of them. Is she being stalked? Bringing together themes of love, friendship and everyday life, this book is ideal for girls who aren't able readers but who want to enjoy a book for their age range. The story of romance, coupled with humour and warmth, and told with enticing illustrations, will attract and appeal all readers.

Sweet Hearts: Star Crossed

Sweet Hearts: Star Crossed

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

'You did WHAT?' screamed Mari. 'You turned down the cutest boy ever? Are you crazy?' Fliss isn't exactly outgoing. But on stage she really comes alive. And this summer, she's playing Juliet opposite her dream Romeo - Tom Mayerling. If only she could tell him how she feels! But unless Fliss finds some inner confidence, she's going to miss her chance with Tom. Because someone else has her eyes on Fliss's role - and her leading man . . .

Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm

Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2016

Fully charged and ready for action. The second title in an explosive new series, with a unique mix of stunning comic book style visuals, and action-packed prose. Holly Sparkes was just your average 12-year-old, that was, until a bolt of lightning crashed into her. Now Holly Sparkes is ELECTRIGIRL! After honing her superpowers, rescuing her best friend, and defeating the evil Professor Macavity - a holiday is just what Holly needs. But there's much more than sun, sea, and sand on offer in the sleepy town of Polcarrow - and when a mysterious and deadly swarm attack there's only one person that can save the day . . . ELECTRIGIRL! A new and exciting take on the classic superhero story - told from the original perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Part comic, part text, perfect for fiction and comic book fans alike. This accessible, fast-paced read is truly electrifying!

A Library of Lemons

A Library of Lemons

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship. Calypso's mum died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can't, or won't, talk about Mum at all. Instead he throws himself into writing his book A History of the Lemon. Meanwhile the house is dusty, there's never any food in the fridge, and Calypso retreats into her own world of books and fiction. When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls' shared love of reading and writing stories draws them together. Mae's friendship and her lively and chaotic home - where people argue and hug each other - make Calypso feel more normal than she has for a long time. But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her own house, the girls discover the truth about her dad and his magnum opus - and Calypso's happiness starts to unravel. 'A story of great warmth and emotional wisdom' LINDA NEWBERY

Electrigirl

Electrigirl

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2016

Holly Sparkes is just your average 12-year-old, that is, until she's hit by a bolt of lightning. Now Holly is EXTRAordinary. Like a human battery Holly can generate a massive amount of electricity in seconds, which could come in handy if she's ever going to solve the mystery of her best friend's disappearance. Because when you're dealing with the likes of Professor Macavity and her mysterious CyberSky corporation, you need all the help you can get! This exciting story includes black-and-white graphic novel style illustrations.

Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

What if the only thing you had left were the stories in your head? Amina's homeland has been ravaged by war, and her family is devastated . . . The women of the family - Amina, her two sisters and their mother - have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp. But there are even more challenges ahead . . .

Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Amina's homeland has been ravaged by war for many months, but so far she and her family are safe, together. When a so-called liberating force arrives in the country, the family think their prayers for peace will soon be answered, but they are horribly wrong...The country is thrown into yet further turmoil and Amina's family is devastated...Through it all, Amina has her imagination to fall back on - of a better place and time. But can her stories get her through this?

Tears of a Friend

Tears of a Friend

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Claire and Cassie have always been friends. Cassie believes that nothing will break their bond. But one day they have an almighty row and their friendship is thrown into jeopardy. When they next meet at a party, an event which occurs between Claire and another boy makes Cassie think she has lost her best friend for good. Does Claire need Cassie anymore and can their friendship ever be repaired? In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.

Tears of a Friend

Tears of a Friend

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Cassie and Claire have been friends forever. Nothing can split them apart. Until they have a big row, and then everything changes. When they meet at a party, Claire is with a boy. It looks like Claire doesn't need Cassie any more. But sometimes, things just aren't so simple. Recently republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers

Three's a Crowd

Three's a Crowd

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2012

Jo Cotterill's brand new story about a girl spoilt for choice as she searches for her dream boy. Molly's been asked on two dates with two very different boys, and she can't make up her mind who she likes best. Luckily, her best friend Ben is on hand to help her decide - Girly fun from the acclaimed author of the Sweet Hearts series.Also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Sweet Hearts: Deep Water

Sweet Hearts: Deep Water

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

The sixth title in this wonderful series. For all fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson - Sweet Hearts follows a huge cast of girls and their friendships, families and first loves! Pearl is a synchronised-swimming star in the making, who's heading for the Olympics. But will she be distracted by romance? Does she even have time for boys with all her training . . . ?

Love Bites

Love Bites

Author: Jo Cotterill, Astrid Jaekel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Beautiful paranormal romance for seriously struggling teen readers. Grace is a vampire, but she's in love. In love with a gorgeous human, James. Her sister Tara says she has to leave James - or risk their secret being revealed. But Grace is sure James will understand. What will happen when she tells him her secret? Particularly suitable for reluctant and struggling and dyslexic readers.

Sweet Hearts: Model Behaviour

Sweet Hearts: Model Behaviour

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

The fifth title in this wonderful series. For all fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson - Sweet Hearts follows a huge cast of girls and their friendships, families and first loves! Lola Cassidy has it all - wealthy parents, a gorgeous boyfriend and the daughter of a Bollywood producer as her best friend. She's going to be a model, just like her mother and is looking forward to her work experience at a famous fashion house. But things don't go to plan, and when her place in designer heaven falls through she ends up having to work in an animal sanctuary. Can Harry, as mysterious as he is good-looking, help her enjoy her new situation . . . ?

Sweet Hearts: Forget Me Not

Sweet Hearts: Forget Me Not

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

The third title in this wonderful series. For all fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson - Sweet Hearts follows a huge cast of girls and their friendships, families and first loves! Since her mother, a famous florist, died three years ago, Kate's whole life has changed completely. She's pushed her friends away, shrunk into herself and is only finding some solace spending time in the garden amongst the flowers her mum loved so much. Desperate to try and become more like the 'normal' girl she once was, Kate gets a summer job at a garden centre. Doing something she's good at means that flashes of the old sparky girl begin to emerge again - helped a lot by her very attractive and mysterious co-worker, Simon . . .

Take Two

Take Two

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2011

Lily's so excited. Theo, the hottest guy in school, has asked her to the prom. She can't wait to tell her best friend Carla. But it turns out Carla has some news too - he's invited her as well! But instead of getting mad, they decide to get even and force him to take them both to the prom, with hilarious results. Girly comedy.

Sweet Hearts: Ice Dreams

Sweet Hearts: Ice Dreams

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2011

Tania Dunn is a promising ice-skater, but is in for a shock when her coach decides to pair her with Zac, a daredevil novice skater, for the summer ice show. Tania is outraged! She has always been a singles skater and she doesn't trust Zac on the ice at all. But Zac is very good looking and willing to try anything and slowly but surely he begins to win Tania over . . .

Sweet Hearts: Strictly Friends?

Sweet Hearts: Strictly Friends?

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

The second title in this gorgeous new series for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson is set in the glamourous world of ballroom dancing. Megan can't believe she's had to move 200 miles away from her home. What about her school and her friends? Not to mention her dancing and her dancing partner, Jake, who has been her best friend since for ever. In an attempt to make herself feel better Megan joins a salsa class and things start to look up. She meets new friends, and even a new exciting boy. But will she listen to the warnings about him . . . ?

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