Contact Jo

If you have a question for me, leave it in the comment section below and I’ll reply!

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I do encourage schools to book me through the excellent service Authors Aloud, which takes all the headache out of organising events! They are on




  1. Dear Jo,

    Please allow me to introduce myself as the school librarian at European School RheinMain.
    Every year I plan author visits and readings for the upcoming academic year for both – Primary and Secondary School, German and English Section.

    I am currently planning for 2017/2018 and would like to ask about the chances as well as terms and conditions for one or two readings ( Or more, in case colleagues from other schools would join).

    It usually is within our means to offer 250 (if more than one reading) – 350 EUR + travel + hotel.

    Reports about past readings at our school are to be found at

    We would be very happy to welcome you at our school and assure you of our sincere hospitality.

    Kind/Best regards
    Renate Kirmse

    Europäische Schule RheinMain
    Theodor-Heuss-Str. 65
    61118 Bad Vilbel
    Tel.: +49 61 01-5 05 66 – 25

  2. Hello Jo, Will You be doing any more book signings In Portsmouth ? My Daughter missed today when you visited her school. Kind regards Ruth.

  3. Hi it’s Lauren (from St Thomas’ FBA- do you remember me?) As I am in year six now, I’m not in FBA anymore (which is disappointing) but still love reading and writing. I’ve read the Electrigirls loads of times and want to read more of your books- what would you recommend for 10 year olds?
    From Lauren 😀

    • Here’s the start of a story I’ve written:

      Flames burnt, surrounding the entire ancient house. I tried to leave my bedroom, but I had no hope. My family was safe but, any moment, I was to be swallowed by deadly fire. I called for Maia. I screamed for Maia. No-one called back. “MAIA!” I shouted, “MAAAIA!!!”

      I sat up and sighed. It was all a bad dream. I hated nightmares. They were horrible and made me believe that they were real, however stupid they were.

      I slipped on my pink, fluffy slippers and my purple, spotty nightgown then tip-toed past Mum’s room to find Maia’s. I slowly pushed forward the door, letting light cover the small room. The bed was empty. “Maia!” I called as I slipped downstairs, “Are you down here?” I checked the kitchen and living room until I realised that Maia’s shoes weren’t at the back door.

      I kicked off my slippers and changed into my shoes, not caring that I had no socks on. I raced through our huge garden, past many trees and flowers. I had climbed to the top of the highest trees in my garden and there were many. Soon, I saw Maia sat on a twisted tree. I loved the spiral trees that hid at the end of our ancient garden, circling around a small fountain. All was silent apart from the tinkling of the fountain and the creak as I perched beside my sister. I lay my head on her shoulder, colliding my hazel hair to her beautifully long, wavy black curls. We both stared up at the beautiful full moon which gazed down at us, surrounded by an army of shimmering stars and an indigo blue sky fronted by the silhouettes of the curvy branched trees. An owl hooted from somewhere over the hills. How I’d like to be an owl, getting to view this beauty as I flew across the sky every night. We miss so much. My big sister placed her cold, pale hand on mine. “You best go to bed, Lilly. Have you seen the time?” she hissed. “You’re awake.” I reminded her. My twelve-year-old sister took her phone out of her nightie pocket and took a photo of the moon. “That’s my wallpaper. C’mon Lilly, lets go.”
      We held hands and ran to the back door. Despite being four years apart, me and my sis have so much in common.


    • Hello Lauren, so sorry for late reply! Well, you’re exactly the right age for my books A LIBRARY OF LEMONS and A STORM OF STRAWBERRIES, though they’re very different from Electrigirl! I’m so glad you’re still reading and writing lots – keep it up! Jo x

  4. Thanks for recommending a library of lemons to me 🙂 my Dad ordered it and it came on Friday. I’m on chapter 12 and I’m really enjoying it! I might read a storm of strawberries next! ❤ Lauren

    • Hello! Um…well, it isn’t in any specific place! Or in any specific time! It could be ten years ago in London or last week in Amsterdam… Sorry, that’s probably not much help, is it! Best wishes, Jo

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