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Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

  • 5 stars across 26 books
Catherine Johnson is a born-and-bred Londoner who no longer lives in London but by the sea. She studied film at Central Saint Martins School of Art; the fantastic time she had there made up for school, which was horrible. She has written many books for young readers, and her recent novel, Sawbones, published by Walker Books, won the Young Quills Award for historical fiction and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her other books include Brave New Girl (Frances Lincoln Children's Books), and A Nest of Vipers, published by Random House Children's Publishers UK. Catherine has also written for film, notably the critically acclaimed Bullet Boy, and TV, including Holby City. She lives with her husband and two geriatric pets: a deluded cat and an ancient tortoise. She enjoys baking cakes and knitting. She was taught how to drive (horses, not cars) by an ex-brewery dray driver in Spitalfields.
5th September 2018

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a... MoreRace to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

(16 reviews) Review
2nd August 2018


  An action-packed story about a boy’s experience of slavery in Britain. Winner of the Little Rebels C... MoreFreedom

(5 reviews) Review
3rd April 2008

A Nest of Vipers

Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins's 'family' - a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets. Ther... MoreA Nest of Vipers

(2 reviews) Review
6th October 2016

Blade and Bone

A forensic crime thriller set in Revolutionary Paris. Young surgeon Ezra McAdam must hasten to Paris to rescue ... MoreBlade and Bone

(2 reviews) Review
1st September 2022

Journey Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story

From the horrors of the slave trade to a book that changed the world, Catherine Johnson celebrates the incredible life o... MoreJourney Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story

(2 reviews) Review
3rd October 2013


“Gentlemen!” William McAdam addressed the room, a knife in each hand. “Your watches, please! I guarantee you the fastest... MoreSawbones

(1 review) Review
19th August 2009

Con Men

Con men have many tricks and schemes to part you from your money. This book will help you see when something is just too... MoreCon Men

(0 reviews) Review
1st November 2013


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2nd January 2014


17-year-old Stella Hamilton is the star blazing at the heart of Temperley High. Leader of the maliciously exclusive el... MoreStella

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