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Julia Golding - Author

About the Author

Julia Golding is the author of over thirty books for children and young adults. Her stories are set all over the world (and in some new worlds too) and span the centuries.

In her first year as a published author, she won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize (Gold Award), was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.  In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.  Dragonfly won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children's Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries.

She has sold over half a million books worldwide and they are translated into more than fifteen languages.

Julia Golding lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

Featured books by Julia Golding

Other books by Julia Golding

Victorian Voyages Where did we come from?

Victorian Voyages Where did we come from?

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? On this adventure, Harriet and Milton meet the great Victorian scientists. Voyage with Darwin as he worked out his theory of Evolution . Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery. Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Modern Flights Where next?

Modern Flights Where next?

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? Take to the skies in this adventure and zoom off into space , exploring the scientific discoveries of the technological age. Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery. Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Hunt with Newton What are the Secrets of the Universe?

Hunt with Newton What are the Secrets of the Universe?

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? On this adventure, Harriet and Milton are investigating the beginning of the modern scientific age - experiment with Boyle and Hooke, and meet Newton. Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery. Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Companions: Mines of the Minotaur

Companions: Mines of the Minotaur

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Connie is a member of the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures and the only one who can talk to animals and the mythical creatures she has vowed to protect. But now something dark is calling her, giving her a dangerous power. When her strange behaviour means Connie is rejected by the secret society she runs away and finds solace among the wounded mythical creatures the Society and the world have long since forgotten. But even here she can't block out the dark voice in her head. Who is it and where does it come from? And why does Connie feel so terrified by the power it gives her? Perfect for fans of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this is a classic adventure story with a very modern twist!

Companions: The Chimera's Curse

Companions: The Chimera's Curse

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures is facing their most deadly threat. Connie is the only member of the society who can keep peace between humans and the hidden mythical beings that are being destroyed by our pollution. But the shapeshifter Kullervo craves her power. He wants to use it to wipe out all of humanity. During the long, hot summer, Kullervo prepares for war. The serpent-like chimera is just one part of his frightening army. As Kullervo's hatred blazes into life, Connie and her best friend Col must stop him. But how? And who will survive this fight to the death? Perfect for fans of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this is a classic adventure story with a very modern twist!

The Curious Crime

The Curious Crime

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2018

Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed. Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls and an underground network of passages of a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a stonemason, Ree is confined to cleaning the halls at night as a maid. But then the murders start happening... A determined scholar Henri and strong-willed Ree join forces to solve the mysteries and prove their innocence.

Rocky Road to Galileo What is Our Place in the Solar System

Rocky Road to Galileo What is Our Place in the Solar System

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2018

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? On this adventure, Harriet and Milton are investigating our place in the universe. Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery - from the Islamic Golden Age to the Renaissance, and meet Galileo! Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Companions: Secret of the Sirens

Companions: Secret of the Sirens

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

When Connie is sent to live with her aunt, she knows it's going to be one more place where she doesn't fit in. But soon she realises how wrong she is. The seaside town is full of adults and children who have strange links to creatures. It's the heart of the secret Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, a group of people sworn to ensure that mythical beasts are kept safe. Normally the creatures and their chosen humans work in harmony. But something abnormal is happening here. The Sirens, who for generations have kept their deadly song to themselves, are once again luring humans to their deaths. It doesn't take long for Connie to realise that the victims are oil workers. The Sirens are fed-up with their seas being polluted, but should the Society protect the Sirens or the oil industry? Connie doesn't think she has a role to play, until it becomes clear that she's a Universal - the first person in over a century who can communicate with every type of beast on earth and in the air. Her power is immense. It corrupted the previous Universal . . . and now he's back. And he'll use any means he can - from violence to the terrifying Storm Giants - to turn Connie to the dark side.

Cave Discovery When did we start asking questions?

Cave Discovery When did we start asking questions?

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2018

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? Harriet and Milton start their investigation with trying to discover when humans started asking these questions. First stop on the quest is cave paintings - who did them? What did they mean, and what can they show us about our ancestors? Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery. Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Greek Adventure Who were the first scientists?

Greek Adventure Who were the first scientists?

Author: Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2018

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery? On this adventure Harriet and Milton are investigating who the first scientists were. Step into Harriet and Milton's time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery - become a Mesopotamian stargazer, cast your vote in 'Greece has Scientific Talent', and meet Pythagoras! Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

The Diamond of Drury Lane

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens. This Modern Classics edition features special bonus material. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award. 'I am Cat Royal - Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . . 'Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters. I was brought up in Drury Lane, so I have become accustomed to a life less than ordinary. But this turn of events, I have to say, surprised even me. Follow me, and I will show you in The Diamond of Drury Lane.' Exciting, funny and packed with adventure . . . Cat Royal never fails to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory book for children aged 9 years and up. This Modern Classic edition features new cover artwork by Chloe Bonfield and special bonus material: Q&A with Julia Golding Journey with Cat through 1790s London Cat's Slang: the origins of some of the unusual language found in the book Fascinating facts about the use of special effects in the 18th-century theatre Have you read all of Cat's extraordinary adventures? The Diamond of Drury Lane Cat Among the Pigeons Den of Thieves Cat O'Nine Tails Black Heart of Jamaica Cat's Cradle Look out for Julia's fantastic new historical titles: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler Mel Foster and the Time Machine Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. She has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Pandora's Box Band 15/Emerald

Pandora's Box Band 15/Emerald

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A lively retelling of the classic Greek legend, which tells Pandora's tale of temptation. As she embarks life on Earth, she needs to follow just one last rule. She mustn't, under any circumstance, open the box she's been given. Can she do it, and what will be the consequences if she gives in? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 20: Great Expectations

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 20: Great Expectations

Author: Julia Golding, Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

From the moment that he meets an escaped convict in a dark and lonely graveyard, Pip's life becomes a myriad of unanswered questions.What is Miss Havisham's hidden secret? Why is the beautiful Estella so cruel? Who is his mysterious benefactor? This fabulous interpretation introduces children to some of Dickens' best-known characters, bound together with haunting illustrations. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red + Book Band, Oxford Level 19: The Rise of the Empty People

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red + Book Band, Oxford Level 19: The Rise of the Empty People

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. On the trail of Vilana, the micro-friends rip-jump to a seemingly abandoned city. But then they meet 'the empty people' - people that have been mutated by a strange purple mist. Taken to safety by some of the survivors, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger try to find a way of helping their new friend, Goldie, before the mist gets them all. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Lost and Found: Lost in the Hills, A Message from the Past and other strange stories

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Lost and Found: Lost in the Hills, A Message from the Past and other strange stories

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Imagine getting lost forever or finding a secret hidden in the waves. Lose yourself in the selection of adventures, including a short story, graphic story, play and poem, in Lost in the Hills, A Message from the Past and other strange stories. Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Young Knights 3: Merlin

Young Knights 3: Merlin

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2014

THE BATTLE FOR EARTH STARTS HERE . . . The Young Knights have travelled to San Francisco to track down Merlin - the only wizard powerful enough to help them create a new magical Round Table. But Merlin is determined to remain incognito, and has reinvented himself as the head of Pip Enterprises: the greatest innovator of the digital age. Meanwhile, the merciless ruler of the Fey realm, King Oberon, is rallying his magical armies for a final assault on Earth. It's only a matter of time before the human world is completely destroyed by hobgoblins, ogres, and dragons. Unless the Young Knights can use all their courage, skill, and cunning to stop Oberon before it's too late . . . THE FINAL BOOK IN THE EPIC YOUNG KNIGHTS TRILOGY.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Merlin And The Lost King Of England

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Merlin And The Lost King Of England

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Merlin and the Lost King of England is a humorous retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the magical test of the sword in the stone. Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire junior readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Ugh Factor

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Ugh Factor

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Ugh Factor, hundreds of acts are desperate to perform for the judges on the Star Makers TV show, but Anji and Leo's band is far too cool for that or is it? When their Mum strikes a bargain with them and they have to take part, they come up with a plan for sabotaging the audition. Will Leo and Anji's band get through to the Star Makers live show? Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

BC Grey A/3A Beowulf and the Beast

BC Grey A/3A Beowulf and the Beast

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match Grey B/3b

BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match Grey B/3b

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

Rapid Plus 9.2 The Choice

Rapid Plus 9.2 The Choice

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

Rapid Plus 9.2 Second Chance

Rapid Plus 9.2 Second Chance

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

RapidPlus Assessment Book Stage 9

RapidPlus Assessment Book Stage 9

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

What if the right man for the job is actually a girl? Meet MI6's new recruit. Darcie Lock is every boy's dream. Beautiful, smart ...Oh, and she's a secret agent. Stuck aboard a cruise ship filled with problem rich kids, Darcie Lock is about to embark on her next exciting adventure. But it could turn out to be a bumpy ride because the US President's daughter has a reputation for being out-of-control. In a boot camp for the elite, Darcie must keep her wits about. From Naples, via Cyprus, to Egypt she must then travel on a terrifying journey through the desert Empty Quarter. Britain's youngest intelligence officer has a lot resting on her slim shoulders. Girl on the Run is the perfect series of adventure books for girls who don't want to let boys have all the fun. Julia Golding is the award-winning author of the Cat Royal series and she has won the Waterstone's Book Prize and the Nestle Children's Book Prize.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2009

Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Jarvis. I am Cat Royal - Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . . 'I have travelled halfway across the world and back chasing mystery and adventure. Back on home soil I have barely laid eyes on Drury Lane before my world is turned upside down and I am forced to leave once again. As an orphan I never had the chance to meet my mother, but when news of my lost family reaches me from Scotland I must head north for the border. My friends in London have always been beside me, but this is one task I must face alone!' Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory books for 9+ girls. Have you read all of Cat's extraordinary adventures? The Diamond of Drury Lane Cat Among the Pigeons Den of Thieves Cat O'Nine Tails Black Heart of Jamaica Cat's Cradle Look out for Julia's fantastic new historical titles: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler Mel Foster and the Time Machine Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. She has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2008

Expats, espionage and exotic destinations. Empty Quarter is gripping - you won't be able to put it down.Darcie's stuck aboard a cruise ship for problem rich kids. It sounds exotic but it's more like boot camp. And, annoyingly the US President's daughter with her reputation for being out-of-control is there too.Things are about to get interesting though...Darcie becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot that will take her from Naples, via Cyprus, to Egypt and on a terrifying journey through the desert empty quarter.It is an adventure-thriller starring Darcie Lock.

Cat Among the Pigeons

Cat Among the Pigeons

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Jarvis. I am Cat Royal - Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . . 'The Drury Lane Theatre has been my home all the length of my life - but today I must leave it. Adventure calls! My new friend Pedro is in trouble and all the eyes of London are on us. So we must go into hiding, I must disguise myself, play a new role. This is my story . . .' Exciting, funny and packed with adventure . . . Cat Royal never fails to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory books for 9+ girls. Have you read all of Cat's extraordinary adventures? The Diamond of Drury Lane Cat Among the Pigeons Den of Thieves Cat O'Nine Tails Black Heart of Jamaica Cat's Cradle Look out for Julia's fantastic new historical titles: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler Mel Foster and the Time Machine Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. She has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Ringmaster

Ringmaster

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

Expats, espionage and the exotic setting of Nairobi - here's an adventure-thriller you won't be able to put down. Darcie Lock is inadvertently thrown into a world of SAS men, espionage, corruption, polo games and fashion parades when her father is taken hostage while investigating an international smuggling ring. Darcie didn't even know her father was a secret agent - she thought he had a dead-end job processing visa applications! Darcie is commissioned to find out what happened - she is the last person to be suspected of being a spy. Armed with her sharp wit and only a few gadgets, can Darcie save her father? Once again, Julia Golding will have you captivated from page one with this thrilling African adventure.

Mines of the Minotaur The Companions Quartet

Mines of the Minotaur The Companions Quartet

Author: Julia Golding Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Connie has immense power. The trouble is, she doesn't really know how to use it, and nobody in the Society for the Protection of Mythical Beasts has enough knowledge to train her. Only one being understands Connie's potential - the evil shapeshifter Kullervo. Unknown to Connie, he has started infiltrating her dreams, causing her to raise devastating storms in her sleep. Now, when she's awake, the dark side of Connie's power increasingly feels more attractive than the good side. When Connie's best friend Col discovers what is happening, he begs Connie to seek help. She turns to the Society, the group meant to protect her. But they are terrified by what she tells them and expel her. Feeling abandoned and scared, Connie hides in an old mine - and finds she is not alone. The mine is full of sick mythical creatures that the Society has forgotten. They are led by the once-proud Minotaur who, having been blinded in a fight, is now a broken soul. The Minotaur gives Connie the courage to face her demons, and in doing so begins to heal himself. Could it be that Connie and the Minotaur, along with Col and the sick creatures, have the strength to battle Kullervo, while the Society for the Protection of Mythical Beasts stands ineffectually by?

The Gorgon's Gaze The Companions Quartet

The Gorgon's Gaze The Companions Quartet

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Magical Mallins Wood is under threat from developers. Unknown to everyone but the members of the top secret Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, the wood is the home of the last gorgon, a creature so deadly she can kill with a look. Col's difficult mother is the gorgon's Companion - a human with a special bond with the gorgon - and she's determined to save it. So determined, that she'll allow the evil shapeshifter Kullervo to help her, even if it means having to sacrifice her son to him. But Kullervo wants more than to help the gorgon. He wants universal power, and he needs Col's best friend Connie to get it. Col's mum tells Col that she wants to meet this powerful girl. But is it a trap? And, if so, who is the hunter, and who the hunted?

The Gorgon's Gaze Companions Quartet

The Gorgon's Gaze Companions Quartet

Author: Julia Golding Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Magical Mallins Wood is under threat from developers. Unknown to everyone, but the members of the top secret Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, the wood is the home of the last gorgon, a creature so deadly she can kill with a look. Col's difficult mother is the gorgon's Companion - a human with a special bond with the gorgon - and she's determined to save it. So determined, that she'll allow the evil shapeshifter Kullervo to help her, even if it means having to sacrifice her son to him. But Kullervo wants more than to help the gorgon. He wants universal power, and he needs Col's best friend Connie to get it. Col's mum tells Col that she wants to meet this powerful girl. But is it a trap? And, if so, who is the hunter, and who the hunted?

The Secret of the Sirens Companions 1

The Secret of the Sirens Companions 1

Author: Julia Golding Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2006

When Connie is sent to live with her aunt, she knows it's going to be one more place where she doesn't fit in. But soon she realises how wrong she is. The seaside town is full of adults and children who have strange links to creatures. It's the heart of the secret Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, a group of people sworn to ensure that mythical beasts are kept safe. Normally the creatures and their chosen humans work in harmony. But something abnormal is happening here. The Sirens, who for generations have kept their deadly song to themselves, are once again luring humans to their deaths. It doesn't take long for Connie to realise that the victims are oil workers. The Sirens are fed-up with their seas being polluted, but should the Society protect the Sirens or the oil industry? Connie doesn't think she has a role to play, until it becomes clear that she's a Universal - the first person in over a century who can communicate with every type of beast on earth and in the air. Her power is immense. It corrupted the previous Universal ...and now he's back. And he'll use any means he can - from violence to the terrifying Storm Giants - to turn Connie to the dark side.

The Diamond of Drury Lane

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Author: Julia Golding Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2006

Set in 1790's Covent Garden this book whisks you back to a bygone era. The narrator's colourful slang and confident I-will-tell-you-how-it-really-is, makes the story sparkle off the page. It is the tale of Cat Royal, an orphan who lives at the back of the real-life theatre in Drury Lane. It contains a wonderful colourful cast of characters - awkward actors, on stage, and off, barrow boys in the grimy marketplace, street gangs fighting for territory...and it's packed with local colour and authentic detail. And of course there is the diamond mystery. What more could you want?

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