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Jane Clarke

  • 5 stars across 71 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    29th September 2011

    Creaky Castle

    Dare you visit Creaky Castle When the day becomes the night? Dare you find out what's inside? Are you ready ... More

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    5th August 2010

    Gilbert the Hero

    It's great fun having a new baby brother, right? Well, not for Gilbert the Great White Shark. His new baby brother, Finn... More

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    29th July 2015

    Who Woke The Baby?

    It's early morning in the jungle and little gorilla is NOT happy. Whoever woke him up?! As the mystery unfolds, we learn... More

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    2nd October 2006

    Trumpet: The Little Elephant with a Big Temper

    It's Trumpet's birthday, but he is feeling rather out of sorts...and soon a bit of bickering with his sister Tilly escal... More

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    30th July 2015

    How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc

    Little Croc's been crunching, snip, snap, SNIP! She doesn't want to clean her teeth. Watch out! She can nip. A board bo... More

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    30th July 2015

    How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey

    Cheeky Little Monkey wants something to eat. Pop her in the high chair and grab her favourite treat . . . A board book ... More

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    4th June 2015

    How to Bath Your Little Dinosaur

    Dirty little dinosaur doesn't want to wash . . . Fill up the bath tub, splish, splash, SPLOSH! A board book all about b... More

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    17th January 2017

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Pumpkin the Hamster

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Pumpkin the Hamster the little animals are very excited to be j... More

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    1st February 2009

    Gilbert in Deep

    Gilbert, the great white shark, is back! In this charming sequel to the extremely successful Gilbert the Great, Gilbert ... More

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    1st March 2011

    Leap

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    30th August 2001

    Blue Bananas

    Blue Bananas are fresh and imaginative stories by top children's authors and illustrators for beginner readers. The clea... More

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    1st April 2008

    Eye Eye, Captain!

    Captain Cutlass is short-sighted and without his glasses he can't see a thing. His parrot keeps telling him to put them ... More

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    8th January 2013

    Tiddlers: At the Water Hole

    Zebra is longing for a cool drink at the water hole, but can he escape both Lion and Crocodile!. The Tiddlers serie... More

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    20th January 2015

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Clover the Bunny

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Clover the Bunny pawpox is doing the rounds just as the animal... More

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    17th June 2015

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Daisy the Kitten

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Daisy the Kitten the little animals are taking part in a bake-o... More

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    27th October 2014

    Dino Dog

    David and Lucy have got a new dog from the Rescue Centre, but they don't know what his name is. What they do know is tha... More

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    5th January 2010

    In a Pit: Band 01a/Pink a

    Sid is sad because his dad is in a pit, but he comes up with a cunning plan to get him out and play a trick on the man... More

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    3rd April 2008

    Knight Time

    Every night, when their daddies tuck them in, Little Knight dreams of fierce knight-eating dragons and Little Dragon dre... More

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    1st March 2007

    Stuck In The Mud

    Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm. But then chaos strikes - Hen discovers ... More

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    23rd December 2015

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Willow the Duckling

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Willow the Duckling the little animals are rehearsing for the t... More

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    2nd September 2013

    Dad Nips!: Band 01a Pink A/Band 08 Purple

    When Dan dips his net into a rock pool, he finds Nip. Will Dan successfully reunite Nip and Nip's dad? This beautifull... More

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    24th August 2006

    Squeaky Clean

    Little Ellie has a scheme to keep the whole zoo squeaky clean! But not ALL the animals like being clean Ellie! Visitors ... More

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    5th February 2015

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Posy the Puppy

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Posy the Puppy, after a busy clinic sorting out the bumps and b... More

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    19th May 2016

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Nutmeg the Guinea Pig

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! In Nutmeg the Guinea Pig the little animals are having fun at Nutm... More

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    5th January 2012

    Dance Together Dinosaurs

    This fantastic rhyming romp is a magical mix of dinosaurs and dancing competitions. Each type of dinosaur has its own da... More

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    4th June 2015

    How to Tuck In Your Sleepy Lion

    Tired little lion doesn't want to go to bed. He's had a bath and cleaned his teeth and wants to play instead . . . A b... More

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    2nd August 2012

    Knight School

    Little Knight and Little Dragon can't wait to start school. But Little Knight goes to school in the day time and Little ... More

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    1st September 2005

    The Amazing Adventures of Batbird: Band 11/Lime

    Dunkan Dabble won't answer to his name as he believes he's Batbird, a superhero that he and his friends watch on TV. D... More

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    4th January 2006

    Chewy Hughie: Band 07/Turquoise

    Chewy Hughie chews anything and everything he can get his paws on, driving his owners to distraction! But what happens... More

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    29th September 2002

    Only Tadpoles Have Tails

    Flying Foxes aim to introduce children aged 5+ to topics covered in the KS1 curriculum through lively, imaginative stori... More

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    1st January 2000

    I-read

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    19th July 2007

    i-read Year 1 Anthology: Hometime

    An easy-to-use resource for teaching essential reading skills to the whole class using an interactive whiteboard. This ... More

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    1st May 2008

    Shadow Puppet and Other Ghost Stories

    Shadow Puppet and other stories is a collection of tales in the ghost story genre. A special sort of cat helps a family ... More

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    27th January 2005

    Oxford Reading Tree: Level 10: Snapdragons: Prince Albert's Birthday

    Written by top children's authors such as award-winning Gillian Cross, Malachy Doyle and Pippa Goodhart Snapdragons are ... More

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    27th January 2005

    Oxford Reading Tree: Level 7: Snapdragons: I'm Not Wearing That!

    Written by top children's authors such as award-winning Gillian Cross, Malachy Doyle and Pippa Goodhart Snapdragons are ... More

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    1st September 2006

    Muck it Up: Band 02a/Red a

    The two frogs, Plip and Plop, love to play in and around the pond. When they muck up the pond and reeds, they decide t... More

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    1st September 2006

    Mole and the New Hole: Band 04/Blue

    Winter is coming and Mole is looking for a new hole to stay in, but he doesn't want to be on his own. Will any of the ... More

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    2nd May 2011

    Mole and the New Hole

    Collins Big Cat Phonics is a guided reading series for ages 4-6 edited by Kay Hiatt. Top children's authors and illustra... More

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    2nd May 2011

    Muck it Up!

    Collins Big Cat Phonics is a guided reading series for ages 4-6 edited by Kay Hiatt. Top children's authors and illustra... More

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    2nd May 2011

    In a Pit

    Collins Big Cat Phonics is a guided reading series for ages 4-6 edited by Kay Hiatt. Top children's authors and illustra... More

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    28th December 2017

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Logan the Puppy

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! There's a new pool in Thistletown and the little animals are ready... More

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    1st June 2006

    G.E.M.

    Royd is convinced that his friend, Gark, has everything. He's just got a space pod, and he's allowed to go to Mars whene... More

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    1st August 2001

    Plodney the Supersleuth

    Blue Bananas are fresh and imaginative stories by top children's authors and illustrators for beginner readers. The clea... More

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    3rd September 2007

    No Nits!

    The happy subjects and royal family of the Kingdom of Hairia all have great hair. But the whole kingdom has just had its... More

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    1st September 2007

    Runny Honey

    In this rhyming story, Bear just cannot get enough honey...but he isn't the only one!... More

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    1st September 2003

    Tusk Trouble

    Wilbur has tusk trouble - his tusk hurts when he chews, and when he plays. But he doesn't want to go to the dentist - un... More

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    8th December 2017

    Where Did My Dingo Go?: Band 5/Green

    Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse ... More

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    2nd April 2009

    Little Pterrors: Terry Dactyl Swoops in

    When little pterror, Terry Dactyl, goes shopping, there's trouble in store! Terry and his best friend Dac almost get int... More

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    1st September 2001

    Plodney Creeper Supersloth

    Plodney isn't slow like the other sloths and Mum is worried. She wishes Plodney could be more like his friend Layzee. La... More

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    2nd July 2018

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Peanut the Mouse

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! Dr KittyCat's helper, Peanut the mouse, is very excited about his ... More

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    2nd August 2018

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Ginger the Kitten

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid! Ginger the kitten has joined Mrs Hazelnut's nature trail. But when... More

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    20th September 2018

    Eye, Eye, Captain! A Bloomsbury Young Reader

    Captain Cutlass cannot see a thing without his glasses. But pirates don't wear glasses and if his crew finds out they'll... More

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    1st October 2009

    Knight Time

    Every night, when their daddies tuck them in, Little Knight dreams of fierce knight-eating dragons and Little Dragon dre... More

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    3rd January 2019

    Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Bramble the Hedgehog

    Dr KittyCat is always ready with her furry first aid. Bramble the hedgehog has a wobbly tooth. But when he eats lots of ... More

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    4th February 2019

    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

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