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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

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.

Harry the Clever Spider at School Band 07/Turquoise

Harry the Clever Spider at School Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Charlie Fowkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This humorous story follows Harry the spider to Clare's school, where the class is studying minibeasts. Displeased with his box, Harry escapes in the classroom. The fuming teacher is reconciled to Harry when he finds her lost glasses. She admits that Harry is a very clever spider. In this sequel to Harry The Clever Spider, we find out what happened when Clare took Harry to school. Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. 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- Science: Living things in the environment. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Topher Hope is on the move again. When his devoted cat, Ka, leaves a computer message saying she has gone to CA;;LLevA he follows her to a Romano-British settlement in AD 79. Ka is happy among the cat-adoring conquerors and their central heating! Topher, now a British boy, apprenticed to a Roman mosaic maker, has mixed loyalties. When the eagle, symbol of Roman power, disappears from the forum, threatening the fragile peace, Topher begins a desperate search. Can he find it and save his Roman friend, Marcus, from the Druid's murderous sickle? In this adventure Topher needs all the amazing powers of the time-travelling cat.

Rigby Star Guided Year 1/P2 Blue Level Guided Reader Pack Framework Edition

Rigby Star Guided Year 1/P2 Blue Level Guided Reader Pack Framework Edition

Author: Julia Jarman, Jillian Powell, Monica Hughes, Celia Warren Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 27/04/2007

Part of Rigby Star Guided series this is the only programme built specifically for guided reading. Its rich, multi-layered stories and non-fiction texts by top quality authors and illustrators are guarantreed to captivate children and facilitate discussion.

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure

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

Ka, the time-travelling cat, has disappeared, leaving just one clue - a word on Topher's computer screen: R*iche mou*nt When Topher discovers that 'Richemount' meant 'Richmond' in Tudor times, he fears that Ka is in terrible danger. Cats were tortured in Tudor England, so Topher must try to find her before it is too late. In doing so, he meets Queen Elizabeth and Doctor Dee, the court magician and astronomer, who thinks Ka can help him find the elusive philosopher's stone. An exciting and transporting fantasy, exploring both contemporary and ancient issues.

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