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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 Illustrator: Jennie Poh 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 Reading Levels 14-15: Mixed Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Levels 14-15: Mixed Pack

Author: Jo Cotterill, Lorraine Gregory Illustrator: Sarah Hoyle, Masha Ukhova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

This pack contains 8 books, one of each of the following titles: Run, Friend, Run!, Spelling Bea, The Password Thief, Compete or Cooperate?, Bubble-wrapped, Red Mist, Dream Team and Wonderful Wellbeing. Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful fiction and non-fiction with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top authors and developed with Literacy expert Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support children's personal development and wellbeing. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to books with the right depth and complexity, 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Levels 14-15: Class Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Levels 14-15: Class Pack

Author: Jo Cotterill, Lorraine Gregory Illustrator: Sarah Hoyle, Masha Ukhova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

This pack contains 48 books, six of each of the following titles: Run, Friend, Run!, Spelling Bea, The Password Thief, Compete or Cooperate?, Bubble-wrapped, Red Mist, Dream Team and Wonderful Wellbeing. Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful fiction and non-fiction with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top authors and developed with Literacy expert Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support children's personal development and wellbeing. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to books with the right depth and complexity, 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Level 14: The Password Thief

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Level 14: The Password Thief

Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Brittney Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Harriet can solve any mystery. She's already solved the mystery of the lost purse and the mystery of the missing planner. But this time, a password thief is causing problems in the class competition, and it's proving to be much trickier to find the solution ... Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful fiction and non-fiction with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top authors and developed with Literacy expert Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support children's personal development and wellbeing. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to books with the right depth and complexity, 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.

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 10: A Splash of Fear

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 10: A Splash of Fear

Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Ana Sebastian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Can new boy George face his fear of water to join the swimming party? Using the world's largest known database of writing for and by children, our experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed at school. We've combined these with finelly levelled books that help you develop support comprehension and fluency, while inspiring and engaging your young readers.

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

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

Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Bill Ledger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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 Illustrator: Bill Ledger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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.

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

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