Catherine Johnson - Author

About the Author

Catherine Johnson was born in London. Her father is Jamaican and her mother, Welsh. After studying film at St. Martin's College, London, she started a family and began to write. Catherine has been Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the London Institute and has mentored writers in Africa for the British Council. She has written three books for Oxford University Press - Hero (2001) Stella (2002) and Face Value (2005). Catherine also co-wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film, Bullet Boy, which starred Ashley Walters from So Solid Crew. Catherine lives in London.

Featured books by Catherine Johnson

A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers

11+ readers

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  The youngest member of a collective of pick pockets and con-artists in 18 Century London, Cato Hopkins appears at risk of paying penance with his life...

Other books by Catherine Johnson

Sawbones

Sawbones

Author: Catherine Johnson, Royston Knipe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2018

Gentlemen! William McAdam addressed the room, a knife in each hand. Your watches, please! I guarantee you the fastest amputation ever performed anywhere in the world... Sixteen-year-old Ezra McAdam has much to be thankful for: trained up as an apprentice by a well-regarded London surgeon, Ezra's knowledge of human anatomy and skill at the dissection table will secure him a trade for life. However, his world is turned on its head when a failed break-in at his master's house sets off a strange and disturbing series of events that involves grave robbing, body switching ... and murder. Sparky, persuasive young Loveday Finch, daughter of the late Mr Charles Finch, magician, employs Ezra to investigate her father's death - and there are marked similarities between his corpse and the others. The mystery takes Ezra and Loveday from the Operating Theatre at St Bart's to the desolate wasteland of Coldbath Fields; from the streets of Clerkenwell to the dark, damp vaults of Newgate Prison; and finally to the shadowy and forbidding Ottoman Embassy, which seems to be the key to it all...

Freedom

Freedom

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

The story is . filled with humour, compassion and hope Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian An action-packed and pacey story about slavery in Britain. Nathaniel doesn't want to move to England with his master's family, leaving behind his mother and sister on the Jamaican plantation. But then he remembers what his mother told him: once a slave sets foot on English soil, they're free. Perhaps he can earn his fortune and buy his family's freedom, too.

Blade and Bone

Blade and Bone

Author: Catherine Johnson, Royston Knipe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A forensic crime thriller set in Revolutionary Paris. Young surgeon Ezra McAdam must hasten to Paris to rescue his friend Loveday Finch and her charge Mahmoud, the Ottoman prince, who have been caught up in the Revolution. On the way, Ezra experiences the war first hand on the battlefields of Northern France, where his surgical skills are in high demand by the beleaguered French army. Meanwhile, in Paris, the guillotine is busy, and the medical world is finding the surfeit of bodies useful to its research into the seat of life. Ezra is not persuaded by the controversial theories of his French colleagues, but his mind is on other matters. Finding Loveday and Mahmoud is proving harder than he had imagined: it would appear that Paris really is the most dangerous place on earth. Ezra's search takes him from the grand Hotel Dieu to the dark catacombs below the city; from the opulent War Office to the tall, forbidding Conciergerie - the city prison - here he must undertake the most audacious rescue attempt of all.

Blade and Bone

Blade and Bone

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

A forensic crime thriller set in Revolutionary Paris.Young surgeon Ezra McAdam must hasten to Paris to rescue his friend Loveday Finch and her charge Mahmoud, the Ottoman prince, who have been caught up in the Revolution. On the way, Ezra experiences the war first hand on the battlefields of Northern France, where his surgical skills are in high demand by the beleaguered French army. Meanwhile, in Paris, the guillotine is busy, and the medical world is finding the surfeit of bodies useful to its research into the seat of life. Ezra is not persuaded by the controversial theories of his French colleagues, but his mind is on other matters. Finding Loveday and Mahmoud is proving harder than he had imagined: it would appear that Paris really is the most dangerous place on earth. Ezra's search takes him from the grand Hotel Dieu to the dark catacombs below the city; from the opulent War Office to the tall, forbidding Conciergerie - the city prison - here he must undertake the most audacious rescue attempt of all.

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016, this is a very curious tale indeed . . . Out of the blue arrives an exotic young woman from a foreign land. Fearless and strong, 'Princess' Caraboo rises above the suspicions of the wealthy family who take her in. But who is the real Caraboo? In a world where it seems everyone is playing a role, could she be an ordinary girl with a tragic past? Is she a confidence trickster? Or is she the princess everyone wants her to be? This the tale of the ultimate historical hustle, steeped in delectable romance. Whoever Caraboo turns out to be, she will steal your heart . . .

Cuts Deep

Cuts Deep

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2013

Cuts Deep

Cuts Deep

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2013

In Cuts Deep, Devon is heading for trouble. He and his mates steal from other kids. They! need the money. It's no big deal. Then Devon meets Savannah, and everything changes. He starts to change... But Devon's past is about to catch up with him and nothing will ever be the same again...

Sawbones

Sawbones

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2013

"e;Gentlemen!"e; William McAdam addressed the room, a knife in each hand. "e;Your watches, please! I guarantee you the fastest amputation ever performed anywhere in the world..."e;Sixteen-year-old Ezra McAdam has much to be thankful for: trained up as an apprentice by a well-regarded London surgeon, Ezra's knowledge of human anatomy and skill at the dissection table will secure him a trade for life. However, his world is turned on its head when a failed break-in at his master's house sets off a strange and disturbing series of events that involves grave robbing, body switching ... and murder. Sparky, persuasive young Loveday Finch, daughter of the late Mr Charles Finch, magician, employs Ezra to investigate her father's death - and there are marked similarities between his corpse and the others. The mystery takes Ezra and Loveday from the Operating Theatre at St Bart's to the desolate wasteland of Coldbath Fields; from the streets of Clerkenwell to the dark, damp vaults of Newgate Prison; and finally to the shadowy and forbidding Ottoman Embassy, which seems to be the key to it all...

Brave New Girl (PDF)

Brave New Girl (PDF)

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

The Nightmare Card

The Nightmare Card

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2011

Sara and Mina have been best friends for years. So when Sara gets hold of some Tarot cards and suggests they start telling fake fortunes Mina plays along, helping Sara make sure her predictions are right. But soon Sara's predictions become all too accurate, and she's dragged in to a dark world of magic and power that she can't understand. Can Mina save her? Particularly suitable for dyslexia, reluctant and struggling readers.

Con Men

Con Men

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2009

Con men have many tricks and schemes to part you from your money. This book will help you see when something is just too good to be true! Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers

11+ readers

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  The youngest member of a collective of pick pockets and con-artists in 18 Century London, Cato Hopkins appears at risk of paying penance with his life...

Other Colours

Other Colours

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1998

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