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Jan Mark - Author

About the Author

Jan Mark was born in Hertfordshire during the Second World War. She would have been born in London, but her mother had been evacuated. She moved around a lot as a child, and ended up in Oxford. Sadly, she died suddenly from meningitis on 16 Jan 2006.

Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished authors of books for young people. She was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal for her novels Thunder and Lightnings and Handles; and also won the Penguin Guardian Award, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize and the Angel Award for Fiction. Click here to see more of her books

Featured books by Jan Mark

Robin Hood All at Sea

Robin Hood All at Sea

9+ readers

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2011

Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. Fabulous twist on the Robin Hood story from Carnegie Medal winner Jan Mark. Robin Hood's not content with being No. 1 Most Wanted man in Sherwood. So he decides to become a fisherman! But soon realises it won't be as easy as he thought - How will the famous Robin Hood cope with pirates, sea sickness and grumpy sailors? Fun comedy.

Other books by Jan Mark

Thunder And Lightnings

Thunder And Lightnings

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

When Andrew's family moves house, he strikes up an unexpected friendship with his neighbour Victor. There isn't a thing Victor doesn't know about the RAF planes flying overhead and the two boys are soon busy tracking their movements. Then Andrew discovers that Victor's beloved Lightnings are due to be scrapped... Thunder and Lightnings won the Carnegie Medal in 1976.

Useful Idiots

Useful Idiots

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2013

Set in a highly realistic dystopic future, where the lowlands of Britain are flooded, this beautifully realised novel explores a world where archaeology is controlled for fear of social unrest. One bleak morning, a storm across the North Sea unveils a human skull, which leads to a series of events that changes the lives of those involved. Merrick, a young graduate archaeology student becomes embroiled in the task of discovering the origins of the skull. His interest in this bizarre case brings him into contact with the Inglish, a remnant tribe eking out an existence on the edge of Europe. In this wildly progressive new world, it is they who will be affected the most. This is a compelling vision of England as it could be in the not-so-distant future.

Robin Hood All at Sea

Robin Hood All at Sea

9+ readers

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2011

Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. Fabulous twist on the Robin Hood story from Carnegie Medal winner Jan Mark. Robin Hood's not content with being No. 1 Most Wanted man in Sherwood. So he decides to become a fisherman! But soon realises it won't be as easy as he thought - How will the famous Robin Hood cope with pirates, sea sickness and grumpy sailors? Fun comedy.

Something in the Air

Something in the Air

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2009

Peggy is a fifteen-year-old rather at odds with the world around her. Her older sister berates her constantly for being messy. Her teachers reprimand her for being unladylike. Her best friend has stopped talking to her, because she was so shocked when Peggy explained the facts of life to her. And now, she's got the strangest sounds reverberating through her head. Could they really be voices from another world, as her auntie thinks? Or is there a simpler explanation at hand? A moving, fascinating and superbly written novel of family life in the 1920s.

The Electric Telepath

The Electric Telepath

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Elijah longs to be a scientist, to follow in the footsteps of his heroes. But as a member of the Horebite church such dreams will never be possible. Instructed by his father and his church to listen for The Still, Small Voice that will inform his life, Elijah finds himself trapped between a modern world and an ancient belief system; until the discovery of his hidden scientific apparatus brings these two worlds together with unexpected results . . .

Lady Long Legs

Lady Long Legs

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Nisba may be new at Farm Lane School, but she won't be pushed about. When an older girl tries to stop Nisba from walking along the green tiles in the corridor, the new girl puts her foot down. She's got long legs and she's going to use them!

King John and the Abbot

King John and the Abbot

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2006

Greedy King John has set the Abbot three impossible riddles. If he can't solve them,he's ruined. Surely a simple shepherd can't hold the answer? A heart- warming tale from a Carnegie Medal -winning author. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Robin Hood All at Sea

Robin Hood All at Sea

Author: Jan Mark, Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2005

He may be the best outlaw in the forest but can Robin Hood make it as a fisherman? Find out in this hilarious fast-paced action adventure story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Taking The Cats Way Home

Taking The Cats Way Home

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

A superb title in the new-look Sprinters relaunch by a highly acclaimed children's author. Jane has a cat called Furlong who walks with her to school every day. Then, one day, he takes his own way home. When William, the new boy, threatens Jane with violence, it seems the only way she can escape him is to take Furlong's secret path, along the wall and into the unknown...; With its simple, dynamic story-telling and line illustrations, this is ideal for children building their reading confidence.

USEFUL IDIOTS

USEFUL IDIOTS

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2005

This is a fascinating thriller based in a future where the seas have risen to claim back the land, the past has been buried and archaeology is considered the most dangerous science. Set in a highly realistic dystopic future, where the lowlands of Britain are flooded, this beautifully realised novel explores a world where archaeology is controlled for fear of social unrest. One bleak morning, a storm across the North Sea unveils a human skull, which leads to a series of events that changes the lives of those involved. Merrick, a young graduate archaeology student becomes embroiled in the task of discovering the origins of the skull. His interest in this bizarre case brings him into contact with the Inglish, a remnant tribe eking out an existence on the edge of Europe. In this wildly progressive new world, it is they who will be affected the most. This is a compelling vision of England as it could be in the not-so-distant future.

Snow Maze

Snow Maze

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2005

One day, on the way to school, Joe finds a large, heavy key in the long grass. Joe thinks a giant might have dropped it; Irrum thinks it might be magic; Akash says the key is no good because it doesn't open anything. But when Joe tries the key in the lonely gate, he opens up a whole new world...

Stratford Boys

Stratford Boys

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2004

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2003

Six memorable short stories, never before published in a collection. Find out how...Visits from the tooth fairy can make you into a millionaire; A journey on the London Underground becomes a magical mystery tour for two lost boys; A ghostly sighting in a hall of mirrors reveals a long-held family secret;...Just some of the discoveries contained in these witty, thought-provoking stories from a prize-winning writer. Each story reveals that sometimes, people aren't quite what you expect them to be - and sometimes, they even surprise themselves...

They Do Things Differently There

They Do Things Differently There

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Charlotte has always thought there's something not right about living in Compton Rosehay (aka Stalemate). Perhaps it's the plastic families, the identical rows of houses, or the girls who only talk about dicts. When she meets Elaine, Charlotte sees there is life outside her stifling neighbourhood. Together they spot the cracks in the town's exterior, to discover the hidden world of Stalemate.

Heathrow Nights

Heathrow Nights

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2000

After his father's death and his mother's swift remarriage, Russell begins to feel that he has a lot in common with Hamlet. So he is slightly appalled when he and his mates, Adam and Curt, manage to ruin the entire play during an excursion to the Theatre Royal. Banned from the school trip, and determined to keep their misdemeanour from their parents, the boys head for London. With little money and nowhere to stay, they end up at Heathrow Airport, wandering between terminals in an effort to remain undetected. As the days pass, Russell retreats further into himself and his memories and the past threatening to overwhelm him. Eventually, he is left alone, and must choose between escaping his troubles and confronting their cause ...

Lady Long Legs Big Book

Lady Long Legs Big Book

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

Nisba may be new at Farm Lane School, but she won't be pushed about. When an older girl tries to stop Nisba from walking along the green tiles in the corridor, the new girl puts her foot down. She's got long legs and she's going to use them.

Under the Red Elephant

Under the Red Elephant

Author: Jan Mark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/1995

LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE OFF WITH COLOUR JETS Irresistible stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alone. When Ian arranges to meet his friends 'under the red elephant' it all seems simple enough. But even the best of plans can go wrong and Ian's deadly enemy, Robert Friend, is out to make sure that this one does!

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