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Anne Cassidy - Author

About the Author

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award. 

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?’

Anne's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'
When I was a baby I slept in a drawer for six weeks. My parents assure me that they never actually closed it.

I was an only child until I was fourteen. Then I had a baby brother and sister. I usually blame all of my insecurities and low self esteem on them. They’re not bothered as far as I know.

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

When I was a child me and my mum and dad went everywhere together. I sat in the back of the car and sang along with all their songs. My mum was a dressmaker and made herself a dress and a miniature version of the same thing for me. I loved it as a child. As soon as I became a teenager I hated it. My dad was a great fan of horse racing. He had a number of pens that he used to choose his horses. Some were lucky, others were not. He used to put them behind his ear for safety.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I was hopeless in school. I couldn’t be bothered doing any work at all. I used to sit at the back of the classroom and draw profiles of beautiful women on my rough book. And sign my name over and over again. My teachers gave up on me.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

I worked in a bank for five years. I cut coupons from bonds and presented them to other banks for payment. I sat beside a hatch window and had to open it to deal with enquiries. If I had a pound for every time someone started with A cup of tea and a cheese roll I’d be rich (even now, all these years later).

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

Featured books by Anne Cassidy

Butterfly Grave

Butterfly Grave

11+ readers 13+ readers

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Prize-winning crime writer Anne Cassidy packs a punch in this latest volume of her gripping series The Murder Notebooks. Joshua and Rose, not related but increasingly linked through the relationship between their missing father and mother respectively, are desperate to find out what has happened to their parents. Trying to follow any clues has so far proved terrifyingly dangerous and this latest instalment is no different. When Joshua’s friend is fatally stabbed the reality of the danger they are in is clear. But will they stop asking the questions they so desperately want answered? The determination of two teenagers with no idea who they can trust is brilliantly captured in this hard hitting novel. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Other books by Anne Cassidy

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Author: Anne Cassidy, Natalie Packer, Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

No Shame

No Shame

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 The powerful companion to NO VIRGIN. From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal - the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . . A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.

Sammy and the Starman

Sammy and the Starman

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Sammy is thrilled when he finds a tin y space rocket in the park . And even more thrilled when he discovers its owner, Jax, a very small and very irritable 300-year-old spaceman. Can Sammy save Jax from the greedy clutches of his nosy neighbour and help him get home? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

No Virgin

No Virgin

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Prequel to No Shame, which has been nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack. My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped. Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey's story. A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.

Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

George dreams of an easy life, a little record business, enough money to get by. But it's hard when he has Lennie to look after too. Lennie's not quite right, he's got a way of getting into scrapes, and he doesn't know his own strength. For now, their best option is to hole up with Billy and his dodgy business and hope they can stay long enough, this time, to get some money put by. But wherever Lennie is, trouble is never very far away...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Moth Girls

Moth Girls

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . . They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy's memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind.

Getting Away with it

Getting Away with it

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

They thought the joyride would be a bit of a laugh. They weren't meant to crash. No one was meant to get hurt. But now Mark's caught up in the worst possible scenario - he left Katie behind and now she's dead. The police can't prove he had anything todo with it, so he's got away with it, right? Wrong. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Tadpoles: Ben's Rocket

Tadpoles: Ben's Rocket

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2015

Ben really wants to go into space. He tries hard to get there! Perhaps his dad can help him? The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

It's been five years since Rose's mother Kathy went missing and, after recent events, all Rose wants to do is get on with her life. Which means taking a break from her complicated stepbrother, Joshua. Then police officer Henry Thompson comes calling with bad news: a body has been found buried in the garden of Rose's old house. A body that has lain undiscovered for five years. The body of a missing teenage girl. With Kathy and Brendan implicated in her death, Rose and Joshua have one last chance to clear their parents' names. But if they fail, the consequences will be deadly . . .

Finding Jennifer Jones

Finding Jennifer Jones

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2014

The Trouble with Jack

The Trouble with Jack

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

The trouble with Jack was that he didn't listen to anyone. He didn't even listen to me, his girlfriend. That's why I was standing on Hutton Moor holding a bunch of flowers. There was a small card attached to them that said, Miss You, Jodie XXXX. I had tears in my eyes. Jack Berry loved to cycle on the moors. One day he went out on his own and didn't come back. A year later his girlfriend, Jodie, is still missing him. On the anniversary of his death, odd things begin to happen. She hears his ring tone. Then, at a bike race, Jodie catches a glimpse of someone wearing Jack's customised cycling jacket. His cycling bag is left on his best friend's bike. Is Jodie about to find out what really happened to Jack? This tightly-wrought mystery story is written by master of suspense, Anne Cassidy. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Butterfly Grave

Butterfly Grave

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Joshua's uncle has survived a near fatal accident and Rose and Joshua drive to Newcastle to visit him, along with their friend Skeggsie. Joshua is convinced they are being followed. Can it be true, or is it just his paranoia? Rose and Joshua do not know who to trust - even Joshua's uncle has a dark past, touched by murder. And then the precious murder notebooks are stolen and it is Skeggsie who pays the price for Rose and Joshua's so-called meddling. Somebody out there really does not want Rose and Joshua to find their parents. But who? And why? A taut and pacy thriller, perfect for teens.

EDGE: Slipstream Short Fiction Level 1: Robbed!

EDGE: Slipstream Short Fiction Level 1: Robbed!

Author: Anne Cassidy, David Orme, Helen Orme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Lizzie's brother Tommy is late. She is told that Big Alex is taking him to the cash machine. Lizzie guesses Tommy is being robbed by Big Alex, but does she have the right person? Slipstream is a new generation of reading resources specifically designed for struggling and reluctant readers. Through exciting and carefully levelled texts, Slipstream enables readers to accelerate their reading experience. This illustrated story is part of Slipstream LEVEL 1. The 300-word text is levelled for readers with a reading age of 5-7, but its engaging content makes it perfect for a wide range of older readers too. All texts are levelled by reading experts Dee Reid and Diana Bentley.

Witness

Witness

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Witness tells the story of Todd, who sees his ex-teacher Jason Ripley attacking a mild-mannered shopkeeper he knows from his paper round. Shocked by what he has witnessed, Todd informs the police of the brutal attack Mr Wilson has faced. But Todd has no idea just how this will change his life. It becomes clear that Jason Ripley has acquaintances who are keen to seek revenge on Todd for his actions. And they won't rest until they get it, no matter who gets in their way. In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.

Witness

Witness

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

When Todd Lucas sees Jason Ripley attacking a local shopkeeper, he decides to do the right thing and report it to the police. Unfortunately Ripley's brother finds out - and threatens Todd with serious injury if he doesn't withdraw his witness statement. How can Todd stay safe and see justice done? Recently republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

Looking for JJ

Looking for JJ

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

A gripping and emotionally searing novel from a talented author, Looking for JJ explores the circumstances and motives behind the murder of a child - by her friend. Six years later, JJ has now been released, and has a new identity. But is there any way that she can lead a normal life?

Sammy and the Starman

Sammy and the Starman

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

When Sammy finds a tiny space rocket in the park, he quite naturally assumes it's a toy. Then he meets the spaceman who owns it - a postman! Can Sammy help him get home? A fun, heart-warming story perfect for young readers. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

Killing Rachel The Murder Notebooks

Killing Rachel The Murder Notebooks

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2013

Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebooks - the murder notebooks - they have discovered. Then Rose is distracted by odd, desperate messages she receives from Rachel, a former best friend from her school, followed by the terrible news that Rachel is dead. But perhaps Rachel's death will provide one more piece of the puzzle about what has happened to Rose and Joshua's parents . . . A taut and pacy thriller in The Murder Notebooks series, from an acclaimed writer for teens.

Finding Jennifer Jones

Finding Jennifer Jones

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

The long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed LOOKING FOR JJ Kate Rickman seems just like any other nineteen-year-old girl. She goes to university, she dates nice, normal boys and she works in her local tourist office at the weekend. But Kate's not really normal at all. 'Kate' is in fact a carefully constructed facade for a girl called Jennifer Jones - and it's a facade that's crumbling fast. Jennifer has spent the last nine years frantically trying to escape from her horrifying past. Increasingly desperate, Jennifer decides to do something drastic. She contacts the only other girl who might understand what she's dealing with, breaking every rule of her parole along the way. Lucy Bussell is the last person Jennifer expects any sympathy from, but she's also the last person she has left. FINDING JENNIFER JONES is the powerful sequel to the highly acclaimed, Carnegie Medal nominated LOOKING FOR JJ. It is a tense, emotional thriller about guilt, running away and wondering if you can ever truly know yourself.

Witness

Witness

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2013

Dead Time The Murder Notebooks

Dead Time The Murder Notebooks

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2012

Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens.

Heart Burn

Heart Burn

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

Years ago, local bad boy, Tyler Harrington did a favour for Ashley. Now Tyler has been beaten-up and hospitalized and he's calling that favour in. She must hide an envelope for him, but under no circumstances is she to look inside. Then Tyler is abducted and Ashley is in mortal danger.

Guilt Trip

Guilt Trip

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

Ali's life is falling apart. She's drifting away from her boyfriend and her best mate. She's got a crush on someone else's boyfriend - but more than that, she's bored. So when she and her friends save Daniel from a suicide attempt, she welcomes the diversion of befriending him. Until a row one night leads to his accidental death. Now Ali and her group have a decision to make: stay quiet or face the consequences. And one of them has decided that it's time to speak up...

The Dead House

The Dead House

Author: Anne Cassidy, Dawn Kurtagich Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2009

Highly Commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2010. Lauren and her aunt and uncle are returning to London after years living away in Cornwall. For Lauren it is a return to the sight of a terrible family tragedy and a house full of ghosts. When she was six years old her mum and little sister were murdered in their home ... and Lauren's dad was put in prison for the crime. Now she is living a stone's throw from her old house, and despite her trepidation, Lauren is curious to know who lives there now, and how the house will make her feel. When she becomes friendly with Nathan, the son of the new owners, she finds herself back at the scene of so many nightmares...of memories, but also of things forgotten. Lauren blocked out a lot of that fateful day, but now that she's older, things are coming back to her...things that could mean her dad is innocent, not guilty of murder. After all these years of hating him Lauren now faces the prospect of loving her dad once again. But is it that easy?

Wizard Woof

Wizard Woof

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2009

The kings dog is very upset. Wizzle tries lots of spells to cheer him up but nothing works! Luckily, Wanda knows just what to do.

Just Jealous

Just Jealous

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2009

Elise has a crush. She's been infatuated with her best friend, Carl, for as long as she can remember. When he starts dating an American girl who's just arrived at their school, Elise thinks it will just be a short fling. When she realizes it's not, she decides she needs to take matters into her own hands...

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A child has been stolen...Jade Henderson is missing, taken from her cot. Stella Parfitt watches the police investigation unfold, and begins to ask her own questions. Where was her mother that night? The woods hold a dark secret...

Careless

Careless

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2007

As Chloe Cozens mourns the death of her mother, Lesley, teenage 'delinquent' Nicky Nelson experiences quite a different emotion towards her, his social worker, the one person he thought he could rely on when everyone else had let him down. When Nicky begins hanging around Chloe's house with a mixture of curiosity and anger that she has had a happy life compared with his, he is prepared to hate her, but instead the two of them form a strange kind of bond. Chloe finds herself wanting to help Nicky find his real mother, the one who abandoned him at birth. Ironically, the clues she pieces together about what happened lead her back to her mother's home town, and to her childhood friend, Sonia, who is keeping a painful secret of her own. Chloe finds comfort in helping Nicky, a boy who is almost like a brother in that her own mother looked out for him for so long, and Nicky discovers that sometimes you have to trust in people in order to move on and build a life...

Hidden Child

Hidden Child

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2007

Thief. Liar. Fake! Lou and her mum Anna are best friends. It's always just been the two of them, so Lou doesn't mind that Anna steals things - well not much, anyway. But what if Anna is a liar as well as a thief? What if she's a real fake?

The Bone Room

The Bone Room

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2007

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2007

This is a gripping thriller from the award-winning author of Looking For JJ . It's life or death: his or yours. Tonight, Kenny is looking for Tommy Fortune. If he finds him, Tommy will be silenced, perhaps for ever. Kenny's not a bad guy. So where did it all go wrong? This is going to be the longest night of Kenny's life. A powerful novel by the author of Looking For JJ - Guardian . An excellent film noir of the darkest hue - Nicholas Tucker, Independent . A rattling read - Daily Telegraph .

Innocent

Innocent

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2006

Charlie's brother Brad is always in trouble with the law, but it's minor stuff, usually - just messing about. Charlie blames their mum, for going off and leaving her and Brad and their Dad to fend for themselves. So when Brad is accused of killing a motorist with a well-aimed stone from a motorway bridge, Charlie is suspicious. It's just not Brad's style. When Charlie starts doing some investigating of her own she unearths a bigger, much worse secret, as well as discovering things about her brother, his best mate Denny, and her long-lost mother that turn her world upside down. In trying to prove her brother is not guilty, Charlie has lost her own innocence, for good...

Tough Love

Tough Love

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2006

What would you do if someone you loved committed a crime? Tony is everything Gina wants from a boy - he's charming, sensitive and attentive. It's nice to be bought presents and fussed over, even if Tony's 'business deals' aren't all strictly legit. After all, it's not as if he's into anything really serious...But then one night Tony comes home drunk, with blood on his clothes, and Gina can't kid herself any more...

Missing Judy

Missing Judy

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2006

Kim Hockney has a secret. It's to do with the terrible thing that happened eight years ago - the day when her five year old sister Judy went missing. Her parents have always been careful not to blame her but she knows they look at her and wonder what her little sister would have been like, if Kim hadn't let her run off that dark afternoon. Then one day some new evidence turns up...

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2006

The gripping new thriller from the Carnegie-shortlisted author, Anne Cassidy, The Story of My Life follows seventeen-year-old Kenny Harris through the longest night of his life. By the end of the evening, Kenny will have made a life-or-death decision, and there's no way he can avoid it. The stakes are huge, not just for him, his family and his girlfriend, but also for the man whose fate lies in his hands...It all starts when he bumps into Nat on the tube platform one chilly September Saturday. Nat. His brother's girlfriend. Gorgeous and definitely not available. But something is set in motion that day, something that leads Kenny back to the same tube station three months later and the start of that terrible night. Because it's also the day that he meets Mack. And his life takes a violent swerve in a completely unexpected direction. A simple, chance meeting that could destroy his whole world...

Witness

Witness

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2005

Looking for JJ

Looking for JJ

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2005

A gripping and emotionally searing novel from a talented author, Looking for JJ explores the circumstances and motives behind the murder of a child - by her friend. Six years later, JJ has now been released, and has a new identity. But is there any way that she can lead a normal life?

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