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About J M Forster
J M Forster is an award-winning writer of books for older children and young teens. She lives in Gloucestershire, UK with her husband and two sons. Her first attempt at writing was when she was nine years old. That manuscript is still somewhere in the attic being looked after by the spiders.
Shadow Jumper - GOLD AWARD WINNER OF THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 2014.
Shadow Jumper is J M Forster's first novel and is for ages nine and upwards. It is available as an ebook, paperback and as an audio download. To date Shadow Jumper has been read and enjoyed by over 100,000 children in English! The Spanish edition of Shadow Jumper, Saltasombras, is now available in paperback and ebook. Shadow Jumper has also been translated into Albanian and Russian.
Twilight Robbery: A Shadow Jumper Mystery Adventure is the second book in the Shadow Jumper series, and was published in August 2021. It is available as an ebook and paperback.
Bad Hair Days, was published in September 2017 and is available as an ebook and paperback. Bad Hair Days is a touching mystery for older children and young teens and was a finalist in THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 2017.
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Book 1 in the A Shadow Jumper Mystery Adventure series.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER IN THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 2014
Read and enjoyed by over 100,000 readers!
A tween adventure book for boys and girls. Age 9 and over. A thrilling mystery story with action & adventure and contemporary themes. Ideal for teenagers and boys and girls aged 9 to 14.
A story about friendship, family, loss, bravery and overcoming adversity.
The truth is out there somewhere . . . but how far is Jack willing to jump to find it? Jack Phillips's allergy to sunshine confines him to the shadows, leaving him lonely and at risk of life-threatening burns every time he steps into the light. Shadow jumping on the rooftops at dusk makes him feel alive. And free. But Jack's condition is suddenly worse than ever and only his missing scientist dad can save him. As Jack and his new friend, Beth, begin their frantic search and delve into his dad's past for clues, they have no idea what they are about to uncover. Shocking rumours and dark secrets bombard them at every turn. Jack is brave on the roofs. But can he find the courage to face the truth?
PRAISE FOR SHADOW JUMPER
'This adventure story has all the crucial elements of a good read - suspense, mystery, action - but on top of all that, it deals with a number of contemporary themes such as divorce, isolation and difficult health conditions and its impact, in a relatable manner.' 'Perfect for both, teens and preteens.' Families Rating 6 out of 6' Families Online
'. . . a touching and gripping adventure, full of surprises and underpinned by a heart-warming message about the power of friendship to fight adversity.' Today's Child Magazine
'A tale full of adventure and mystery' 'with direct, accessible language'. 'A warm, human tale of friendship' - Primary Times (Gloucestershire)
If you love a gripping adventure mystery, download your copy or buy your paperback version of Shadow Jumper now. Perfect for 9/10 - 14 year olds.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q: How did you decide to write for 10-14 year olds? A: When I was about 9 years old I loved reading action & adventure stories and mysteries. Being totally involved in the story and trying to figure out what was going to happen next was great fun, and for me this was the age when I first became really aware of how fantastic it was to read a well-written, gripping story. I wanted to recreate that feeling in SHADOW JUMPER - to be action-filled and a page-turner but to also tackle contemporary themes and issues.
Q: What order should I read books in the series? Good question! The two books involve a different story, but my recommendation is to read SHADOW JUMPER first followed by the second book TWILIGHT ROBBERY.
Q: What/who inspired the main character, Jack, in SHADOW JUMPER? I have to blame my sons for Jack's main preoccupation of shadow jumping! As children they didn't use to walk to school so much as jump between shadows on the pavement. I put this together with the idea of a boy sensitive to sunlight (a real condition that my dad suffered from, though not in such a severe form) and came up with Jack.
Q. Is this book for boys or girls? Both! Boys and girls between the ages of 9-14, teens and preteens, have read and loved it, so I hope you will too.
TWILIGHT ROBBERY - Book 2 in the Shadow Jumper Mystery Adventure series.
FINALIST IN THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 2021!
Will Jack solve the crime, or die trying?
The rooftops are Jack's safe place - perfect for shadow jumping. Or so he thought. When Jack and Beth find a packet hidden between the chimney pots, Jack becomes the prime suspect for theft. Then his friend Fabien falls from the roof. Was it an accident? Or something more sinister? Thrust into a shady world of robbery and mayhem, Jack must find the real thieves to save himself and his friends.
Another exciting mystery adventure, packed with twists, turns and red herrings, from the award-winning author of Shadow Jumper.
Praise for Twilight Robbery
'...I'd say it was every bit as good and even better than its predecessor. I only hope we don't have to wait too long for a third instalment. There is going to a third instalment, please tell me there will be a third instalment.' Felicity Grace Terry (Petty witter blogspot)
'Fans of Shadow Jumper can expect another exciting mystery adventure . . .'
'. . . keep(s) any reluctant readers engaged.'
'Forster doesn't shy away form heavier topics, including a tense visit to the hospital, but with language and depth that's age appropriate . . .'
Primary Times magazine - Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
J M Forster is the awarding-winning writer of mystery books for 9 - 14 year olds, action and adventure stories, teen & young adult mysteries and thrillers, fantasy, teenage adventure books for girls, teen books for boys, books for boys 9-12, children's books age 9 - 11.
For Mallow, every day is a Bad Hair Day.
Wearing a wig means Mallow can hide her hair loss. But now someone’s sending her creepy messages. It’s a race to stop them before everyone discovers her secret. Losing her hair was hard enough – but will she lose the people she cares about too?
A touching mystery about family, friendships and being different, from the award-winning author of Shadow Jumper.
Bad Hair Days is perfect for older children and young teens.
PRAISE FOR BAD HAIR DAYS
Bad Hair Days not only gives the reader an insight into how it would feel to deal with the emotional impact of hair loss, but it is a story about the importance of family and friendship all tied up in a great mystery story. It is a perfect read for teens. Stressy Mummy Blogger
'Bad Hair Days is a wonderful read but more than that its inspiring. Its main character, 14 year old Mallow, a revelation to all those who feel as if they don't fit in, that they too are different.' Pettywitter Blogspot
'Forster handles a potentially tricky real-life issue with sensitivity and explores in depth the emotional impact hair loss might have on a teenager. Many important issues are touched upon, including bullying, friendship and self-esteem, which are all wrapped up in the mystery of who’s behind the texts, which keeps the pages turning… Overall, an exciting mystery with a difference for older primary-aged children.' Primary Times
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q: How did you decide to write for 10-14 year olds? A: When I was about 11-14 years old I loved reading action & adventure stories and mysteries. Being totally involved in the story and trying to figure out what was going to happen next was great fun, and for me this was the age when I first became really aware of how fantastic it was to read a well-written, gripping story. I wanted to recreate that feeling in my first book, SHADOW JUMPER - to be action-filled and a page-turner but to also tackle contemporary themes and issues. I hope I've also achieved that in BAD HAIR DAYS, although it's a book about emotions and growing up too. Q: Why did you decide to write about hair loss? I don't have personal experience of this distressing condition, but I am drawn to writing about people who are different, and I wanted to explore how they cope with the challenges, particularly relationships with family and friends, and bullying. I wanted to convey how difficult it must be to be a teenager living with hair loss, but also how strong friendships and family can really help. Q. Is this book for boys or girls? Both! The issues in the book effect both boys and girls. If you love a mystery adventures, then Bad Hairs Days could be the right book for you, your child or grandchild. And I'd love to know what you think of it, so do leave a review on here if you liked it. Please visit my website for more information about my books and writing. See details in the About Author section below.
J M Forster is the awarding-winning writer of mystery books for 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 year olds, books about social and family issues, action and adventure stories, teen mysteries, fantasy, teenage adventure books for girls, teen books for boys, books for boys 9-12, children's books age 9 - 11.