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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

Time-Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink

Time-Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Topher's amazing cat, Ka, has time-travelled again and left him yet another mysterious clue. Following his nose, Topher finds himself in Victorian London where disease is rife and the Thames is clogged with stinking sewage! There he discovers a plot to kill Joseph Bazalgette, the man who is trying to save the city. Determined to foil this foul plan, Topher must first escape from an arch-criminal and his den of thieves. A thrilling historical fantasy which explores the intriguing hidden details of times past.

The Revenge of Tommy Bones

The Revenge of Tommy Bones

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Sean Longcroft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Two boys are stranded when they miss the last bus. It will be a long cold lonely walk back home to their village - unless they take the short cut past Tommy Bones's pond. But they both know the legend. If they go past Tommy Bones's pond, he might step into the road... and they will pay the price. The boys must each decide: superstition or short cut. But what happens if one of them is wrong? Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers or those with English as an additional language aged 11+, at a manageable length (64 pages) and reading level (8+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Friends Forever

Friends Forever

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Meet sporty Erika, friendly Daisy and artistic Phoebe, three best friends who all go to primary school together. These are three fun-packed stories about the ups and downs of being best friends forever!

Jungle Grumble

Jungle Grumble

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Lynne Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The animals of the jungle are disgruntled - they're tired of the same old body parts. Hippo wants a longer tail, Monkey would like pink feathers, Elephant hates his trunk . . . So Lion, who just wants to get back to his nap, decides to set up a swap shop to sort out their grumblings. But when the animals realise how hard it is to live without their proper parts they decide that things should go back to normal. Perfect for children and adults of all ages, there is endless fun to be had in spotting the mixed-up animal parts attached to strange creatures; creating wonderful, weird and unexpected animal mash-ups!

Jungle Grumble

Jungle Grumble

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Lynne Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The animals of the jungle are disgruntled - they're tired of the same old body parts. Hippo wants a longer tail, Monkey would like pink feathers, Elephant hates his trunk . . . So Lion, who just wants to get back to his nap, decides to set up a swap shop to sort out their grumblings. But when the animals realise how hard it is to live without their proper parts they decide that things should go back to normal. Perfect for children and adults of all ages, there is endless fun to be had in spotting the mixed-up animal parts attached to strange creatures; creating wonderful, weird and unexpected animal mash-ups!

Make Friends Break Friends & A Friend In Need

Make Friends Break Friends & A Friend In Need

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

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