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Julia Golding - Author

About the Author

Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. Her work as a diplomat took her from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.
On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones.

Married with three children, Julia now lives in Oxford and works as a freelance writer.

Featured books by Julia Golding

Other books by Julia Golding

Young Knights 3: Merlin

Young Knights 3: Merlin

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2014

THE BATTLE FOR EARTH STARTS HERE . . . The Young Knights have travelled to San Francisco to track down Merlin - the only wizard powerful enough to help them create a new magical Round Table. But Merlin is determined to remain incognito, and has reinvented himself as the head of Pip Enterprises: the greatest innovator of the digital age. Meanwhile, the merciless ruler of the Fey realm, King Oberon, is rallying his magical armies for a final assault on Earth. It's only a matter of time before the human world is completely destroyed by hobgoblins, ogres, and dragons. Unless the Young Knights can use all their courage, skill, and cunning to stop Oberon before it's too late . . . THE FINAL BOOK IN THE EPIC YOUNG KNIGHTS TRILOGY.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Merlin And The Lost King Of England

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Merlin And The Lost King Of England

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Merlin and the Lost King of England is a humorous retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the magical test of the sword in the stone. Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire junior readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Ugh Factor

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Ugh Factor

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Ugh Factor, hundreds of acts are desperate to perform for the judges on the Star Makers TV show, but Anji and Leo's band is far too cool for that or is it? When their Mum strikes a bargain with them and they have to take part, they come up with a plan for sabotaging the audition. Will Leo and Anji's band get through to the Star Makers live show? Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Young Knights 2: Pendragon

Young Knights 2: Pendragon

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

CAN THE YOUNG KNIGHTS SAVE THE HUMAN WORLD? King Oberon, the ruler of Avalon, is on the warpath and will stop at nothing in his quest to enslave the entire human race. Rick and Roxy must escape back to Earth to rescue the only man alive who can help them fight Oberon - the legendary King Arthur Pendragon. Trouble is, Arthur isn't quite himself these days . . . for a start, he lives with a pet puffin called Peter and has no idea what century he's in! Oh, and there's the small matter of some vengeful (and rather hungry) dragons to worry about . . . THE SECOND BOOK IN THE ACTION-PACKED YOUNG KNIGHTS TRILOGY.

Young Knights 1: Young Knights of the Round Table

Young Knights 1: Young Knights of the Round Table

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2013

HUMANS ARE THE ENEMY! That's what Rick's been taught to believe by the Fey Folk who stole him. Taken to the magical realm of Avalon, he's been trained, alongside other kids like him, into an elite force of warriors. When rumours start that a new generation of knights are re-forming the Round Table to attack Avalon, the Fey entrust Rick with a mission: go to Earth, find the knights, and stop them. Simple, right? Well, not exactly . . . No training could prepare him for the shock of being a modern teenager. And when he discovers that the Fey have been lying to him, Rick has to ask: if humans aren't the enemy-who is?

BC Grey A/3A Beowulf and the Beast

BC Grey A/3A Beowulf and the Beast

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match Grey B/3b

BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match BC Grey B/3B Beowulf Meets His Match Grey B/3b

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

Rapid Plus 9.2 Second Chance

Rapid Plus 9.2 Second Chance

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

Rapid Plus 9.2 The Choice

Rapid Plus 9.2 The Choice

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

RapidPlus Assessment Book Stage 9

RapidPlus Assessment Book Stage 9

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.

Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

What if the right man for the job is actually a girl? Meet MI6's new recruit. Darcie Lock is every boy's dream. Beautiful, smart ...Oh, and she's a secret agent. Stuck aboard a cruise ship filled with problem rich kids, Darcie Lock is about to embark on her next exciting adventure. But it could turn out to be a bumpy ride because the US President's daughter has a reputation for being out-of-control. In a boot camp for the elite, Darcie must keep her wits about. From Naples, via Cyprus, to Egypt she must then travel on a terrifying journey through the desert Empty Quarter. Britain's youngest intelligence officer has a lot resting on her slim shoulders. Girl on the Run is the perfect series of adventure books for girls who don't want to let boys have all the fun. Julia Golding is the award-winning author of the Cat Royal series and she has won the Waterstone's Book Prize and the Nestle Children's Book Prize.

The Glass Swallow

The Glass Swallow

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2010

Rain designs exquisite stained glass for the windows of her city. But the law is clear-it is forbidden for girls to be part of the glassmakers' guild. To keep her secret hidden, she leaves home and travels to the strange new country of Magharna. When Peri witnesses Rain's capture by a gang of bandits, both his fate and his heart become tied to hers. They escape the outlaws, but Peri and his family of falconers are untouchables who are scorned by all, and Rain is not allowed to be part of their lives. Can Rain and Peri's love survive the prejudices against them? And with the country on the brink of disaster will they be able to stop their world from smashing apart?

Wolf Cry

Wolf Cry

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Freydis has been left for dead following a raid by pirates on her father's Viking stronghold. Her brother has been kidnapped-and Freydis's father is hell-bent on revenge. But this is a volatile man who loathes his daughter and is driven by love of his son. Reluctantly he takes Freydis with him on his journey, giving her a slave-Enno-to tend her. As Freydis's father becomes more bitter and cruel, and the hunt for his son becomes increasingly desperate, Freydis and Enno draw closer together. But when battle looms on the horizon, the bonds of friendship, obedience and loyalty are tested to the limit.

Girl on the Run Ringmaster

Girl on the Run Ringmaster

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2009

What if the right man for the job is actually a girl? Meet MI6's new recruit. Darcie Lock is every boy's dream. Beautiful, smart ...Oh, and she's a secret agent. When Darcie's father is taken hostage in Kenya, she finds that the only way to save him is by joining the British Intelligence Service. Going undercover as Agent Zebra, Darcie has to take on the big cats of the criminal underworld - not to mention some unwanted attention from that creep, Hugo Kraus. Girl on the Run is the perfect series of adventure books for girls who don't want to let boys have all the fun. Julia Golding is the award-winning author of the Cat Royal series and she has won the Waterstone's Book Prize and the Nestle Children's Book Prize.

Black Heart of Jamaica

Black Heart of Jamaica

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2009

Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Jarvis. I am Cat Royal - Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . . 'My life has taken many unexpected turns, but this one is the most astonishing of all. The Caribbean is as far removed a place from London as one can possibly imagine, and I soon find myself amid slave revolts and swashbuckling pirates. Actresses must keep their calm at all times but this adventure will test my mettle more than any challenge I have yet faced.' Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory books for 9+ girls. Have you read all of Cat's extraordinary adventures? The Diamond of Drury Lane Cat Among the Pigeons Den of Thieves Cat O'Nine Tails Black Heart of Jamaica Cat's Cradle Look out for Julia's fantastic new historical titles: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler Mel Foster and the Time Machine Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. She has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2009

Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Jarvis. I am Cat Royal - Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . . 'I have travelled halfway across the world and back chasing mystery and adventure. Back on home soil I have barely laid eyes on Drury Lane before my world is turned upside down and I am forced to leave once again. As an orphan I never had the chance to meet my mother, but when news of my lost family reaches me from Scotland I must head north for the border. My friends in London have always been beside me, but this is one task I must face alone!' Julia Golding's award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory books for 9+ girls. Have you read all of Cat's extraordinary adventures? The Diamond of Drury Lane Cat Among the Pigeons Den of Thieves Cat O'Nine Tails Black Heart of Jamaica Cat's Cradle Look out for Julia's fantastic new historical titles: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler Mel Foster and the Time Machine Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. She has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.