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Julia Jarman - Author

About the Author

Julia Jarman has written over 60 books for children. Born in 1946, Julia was brought up near Peterborough, and attended local schools.    Her family had a small plot of land on which they kept chickens and pigs.    They also had a dog, two cats, a succession of rabbits, and for a short time, a grass snake!   Her pets have featured in her stories at some point.  This little plot was important to Julia as she could escape there and read or just do nothing - essentials for a good imagination.

As a child she became a book worm and visited her local library on an almost daily basis.  She started at one end of a shelf and read all the books until she reached the other end.  Julia decided when she was 8 years old to become a children's writer, having read Little Women and the sequel Good Wives.   The character in these books, Jo March, became a writer when she grew up and Julia wanted to be like her.

To begin with, Julia wrote to magazines, comics and newspapers and managed, at the age of 8, to have some work published.

On leaving school, Julia went to university to study English and Drama.  She became a teacher to earn a living while developing her writing.   During this stage she got married and had three children.  Reading to her own children made her realise the importance of children's stories and underlined her determination to write.

Encouraged by her children, Julia started writing about people that were life like and exciting, and included some scary situations.  Her philosophy is to take real life and add some 'what ifs' - and then anything can happen.

Julia still likes to read a lot but has to also make time for writing, which takes up about four days a week.  She has little time for many hobbies as she also likes to visit schools one day a week to get feedback from children.

 

Featured books by Julia Jarman

Other books by Julia Jarman

Big Red Bath

Big Red Bath

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2021

Ben and Bella are having such a lovely, splashy time in the big red bath that soon everyone wants to join in the fun! But will there be room for all the animals . . . even Hippopotamus? A riotous story - brought to life by young, bright, friendly illustrations from a bestselling, award-winning artist.

Harry the Clever Spider on Holiday Band 08/Purple

Harry the Clever Spider on Holiday Band 08/Purple

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Charlie Fowkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2021

When Clare and her family go on holiday, she is not allowed to take her pet spider Harry with her - so when he sneaks away with her Clare is told off. But when her mum's suitcase goes missing, who can save the day? Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. Text type: A story with a familiar setting Posters on pages 22 and 23 advertise Harry's services for finding lost items and remind the readers of Harry's talents. Curriculum links: Citizenship: People who help us; Animals and us. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Aztec Sacrifice

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Aztec Sacrifice

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

Topher is desperate to find his beloved cat Ka when she disappears, leaving a single clue on his computer: TENOCHT*I*TLaN. When Topher follows Ka back in time, finds himself in the dangerous world of the Aztecs. The people of the wondrous, floating city of Tenochtitlan believe Ka is one of their gods, but El Sol, a piratical Spanish conquistador, thinks she is a witch. Can Topher save Ka from El Sol, rescue Pima, a girl the Aztecs want to sacrifice, and escape from Tenochtitlan before it is destroyed?

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Topher is planning a trip to London to visit his friend Ellie - but there have been bomb threats, which makes him worry. What's more, his beloved cat, Ka, has going travelling again. Topher doesn't want to lose her. And sure enough, in the middle of a big bomb alert, Topher is called away - to a Saxon village threatened by Norsemen. Now he must get the villagers to heed his warning and foil the aggressors led by the terrifying Viking, Ingwar the Boneless, infamous for his cruelty and devious tricks. Can Topher save the village in time?

Fussy Freda

Fussy Freda

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Fred Blunt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

A deliciously funny rhyming tale. Perfect for fussy eaters and their despairing parents! Dinnertime isn't easy in Freda's house. Mum cooks beans. YUK! Grandma cooks fish and chips. YUK! Dad cooks crispy duck. YUK! YUK! YUK! There just isn't any pleasing Fussy Freda. But her cat is not so fussy, and this causes a culinary catastrophe! This cautionary tale will have toddlers calling out for more, and more, and MORE!

Class One Farmyard Fun

Class One Farmyard Fun

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Lynne Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

This hilarious picture book about Class One on a visit to a farm follows the Stockport Schools Book Award winner Class Two at the Zoo - watch out for the bull this time! Join Class One as they visit a farm. They see all sorts of animal antics, but they don't notice the bull, knocking the gate down and charging after them. But don't worry, Class One have a plan to contain him, armed only with a large pair of red knickers... Class Two at the Zoo was voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children, and it won the Stockport Schools Book Award. Praise for Class Two at the Zoo: 'Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip.' - Kirkus Reviews Read about award winning author Julia Jarman at www.juliajarman.com Find out more about bestselling illustrator Lynne Chapman at www.lynnechapman.co.uk

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