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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 Book

Big Red Bath Big Book

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

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.

Bears on the Stairs

Bears on the Stairs

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Lynne Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

There are bears on the stairs.That's why I don't like going to bed. It's the bears on the stairs. But are the bears real, or just a small boy's crafty tactic for delaying bedtime?

Time-Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink

Time-Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

Topher's amazing cat, Ka, has time-travelled again; she has left him the clue: CAppeLLis Following her, Topher finds himself in Victorian London where disease is rife and the Thames is clogged with stinking sewage! Topher discovers a plot to kill Joseph Bazalgette, the man who is trying to save the city. Determined to foil it, Topher must first escape from an arch-criminal and his den of thieves. This is the sixth adventure of the Time-Travelling Cat

Jessame to the Rescue and other stories

Jessame to the Rescue and other stories

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

The irrepressible Jessame is back, starring in six more great short stories. There's an outing to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich; an African wedding, a new girl in school who needs cheering up and some scary moments at the swimming pool when her little brother falls in! But even staying at home is fun when you have a family as interesting as Jessame's - and a parrot as clever as Jacko.

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

Take a boy with a reading problem, a protective mother, and a village primary school set in its original 19th century buildings and there are all the ingredients for an accessible modern ghost story... Frankie likes his school even though his bullying teacher thinks that 'dyslexic' is another name for lazy. But who is the ghost boy who writes 'GET HER' on the blackboard in the original classroom - and what is his connection with the cupboard at the back? What really happened in the influenza epidemic that swept the village 70 years before - and who died in it?

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Topher is planning a trip to London to visit his friend Ellie - but will it be safe, with all the terrorist threats? It worries him, and so do the extended absences of his beloved cat, Ka. She is going travelling again, and 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.

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