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Jane Clarke

  • 5 stars across 91 books
    Jane Clarke Biography
    Jane Clarke is the award-winning author of over 80 books for young children, including popular young fiction series such as Dr. Kitty Cat (OUP) and Pet Hotel (Scholastic USA), and picture books such as Gilbert the Great, Neon Leon and the Sky Private Eye series for Five Quills. 

    Jane was born on 17 December 1954 and spent her childhood in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Jane has lived in numerous countries including Mexico, the US and the Netherlands but in 2005 she returned to England and lives in Kent. Aside from writing children's books, Jane spends a lot of time inspiring children to read and write and she regularly visits schools throughout the UK and Europe. 

    Jane Clarke Facts
    When Jane was at school she wanted to be an acrobat or explorer, she didn't enjoy writing as a child. Her past jobs have included being an archeologist, a history teacher and a library assistant but Jane says being a full-time children's writer is the best job!

    Our favourite Jane Clarke's Book Characters
    Twins Al and Lottie - from Al's Awesome Science
    Sky Private Eye - from Sky Private Eye Fairytale Mysteries
    27th July 2017

    Al's Awesome Science: Egg-Speriments!

    Energetic twins Al and Lottie are always one step away from trouble. Al is experimenting to invent a time machine. Al an... More

    (20 reviews)
    2nd January 2018

    Firefly Home

    There's no place like home, but poor Florence Firefly is lost, and there are so many bright lights shining in the night ... More

    (16 reviews)
    8th March 2018

    Sky Private Eye and The Case of the Sparkly Slipper: A Fairytale Mystery Starring Cinderella

    The Prince is stunned – just as the clock struck midnight, the winner of the best costume competition at his fancy-dress... More

    (13 reviews)
    17th May 2018

    AL's Awesome Science: Splash Down

    Al's experiments have the most unexpected and messy consequences. Al is experimenting to find out what kind of covering ... More

    (13 reviews)
    1st March 2016

    Neon Leon

    Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon. Leon is neon! In fact, he's SO bright that he k... More

    (12 reviews)
    4th October 2018

    Al's Awesome Science: Blast-Off!

    Al and his friends are experimenting to blast off his time machine. Trouble is fiddling with homemade rockets is messy, ... More

    (9 reviews)
    1st May 2019

    Al's Awesome Science: Busy Bodies!

    Age range 6 to 10Al is researching the effects on his body of travelling in a time machine. Trouble is it's hard to expe... More

    (8 reviews)
    9th March 2017

    Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit: A Fairytale Mystery Starring the Gingerbread Boy

    Granny's missin! Has the Big Bad Wolf kidnapped her or even gobbled her up? Quick, call SKY PRIVATE EYE! Cupcakes, clues... More

    (7 reviews)
    9th March 2017

    Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma: A Fairytale Mystery Starring Little Red Riding Hood

    Granny's missing! Has the Big Bad Wolf kidnapped her or even gobbled her up? Quick, call SKY PRIVATE EYE! Cupcakes, clue... More

    (6 reviews)
    6th March 2006

    Gilbert the Great

    'From the time Gilbert the Great White Shark was a tiny pup, Raymond the Remora stuck to him like glue...'Then one day, ... More

    (5 reviews)
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