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Jo Cotterill

  • 5 stars across 49 books
Jo Cotterill has had several careers - actor, musician, teacher, newspaper seller - but is now a full-time writer in Oxfordshire. She loves writing for all ages and has published over twenty books. A Library of Lemons is a book from the heart about making connections and what it really means to be human. Jo loves going into schools and talking about books and reading, and can be found making cards and writing music when she's not spending time with her husband and two young daughters. Find her online: / @jocotterillbook
14th June 2018


Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. A warm, feel-good story for 9+ about taking a leap of faith when life feels... MoreJelly

(22 reviews) Review
5th May 2016

A Library of Lemons

A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship.Calypso's mum died a few years ago... MoreA Library of Lemons

(16 reviews) Review
4th February 2016


Holly Sparkes is just your average 12-year-old, that is, until she's hit by a bolt of lightning. Now Holly is EXTRAordin... MoreElectrigirl

(10 reviews) Review
29th June 2017

A Storm of Strawberries

Darby loves summer on her family's strawberry farm - but is the weather about to turn?A UK nomination for IBBY's List of... MoreA Storm of Strawberries

(6 reviews) Review
4th June 2015

Looking at the Stars

What if the only thing you had left were the stories in your head?Amina’s homeland has been ravaged by war, and her fami... MoreLooking at the Stars

(1 review) Review
6th April 2017

Hopewell High: Stage Fright

Alice's parents are having problems and she has the lead in the school play. Can her friends help her to get over her st... MoreHopewell High: Stage Fright

(1 review) Review
4th May 2017

Electrigirl and the Invisible Thieves

Part book. Part comic. One electrifying superhero adventure! Holly Sparkes returns to Blue Haven after her summer holi... MoreElectrigirl and the Invisible Thieves

(1 review) Review
30th March 2023

The Starlight Stables Gang

Fans of Clare Balding and Jacqueline Wilson will love this fun and heartwarming new adventure series for animal-mad 8-12... MoreThe Starlight Stables Gang

(1 review) Review
25th September 2013

Sharp Shades 2.0 Reading Set 1

Sharp Shades 2.0 Reading Set 1 contains all 12 stories in the Sharp Shades 2.0 series. These books offer the same type o... MoreSharp Shades 2.0 Reading Set 1

(0 reviews) Review
3rd February 2015

Glee Club

An exciting light romance. Mel and her friends love the high school Glee Club. They can't wait to take on their rivals! ... MoreGlee Club

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