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Jill Marshall

About the Author

In 1965, Jill Marshall was born in a Manchester suburb, known mostly for being the place Mick Hucknall of Simply Red hails from. The first in her family to go to university, Jill read History at Cambridge University, from where she entered a career in HR and Training & Development.

Aged 34, as a single mum and T&D director in a multi-national telecoms company, she took another Masters’ Degree, this time in creative writing, and embarked on a career as an author. At the same time, she moved daughter and dog to New Zealand.

Following her first book deal in 2004, Jill’s middle-grade series about sensational girl spy, Jane Blonde, published by Macmillan Children’s Books UK, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world, featured as a World Book Day title and reached the UK Times Top 10 for all fiction.

15 Jill Marshall titles have been published by Macmillan Children’s Books, Penguin Random House and Hachette, and others independently under Jill’s own publishing company in 22 countries, 11 languages and paperback, ebook and audio formats.

Jill has now brought Jane together with her other series in this age group – Doghead, The Legend of Matilda Peppercorn, Stein & Frank – in a new ensemble series. The SWAGG team and their first book, SPOOK, are available now, and Jill is about to write the next SWAGG title, School of ICE. All 16 SWAGG  books (SWAGG and the origin series) are available for binge-reading.

As well as books for tweens and teens, Jill writes for young adults and adults, each with a collection of three stand-alone novels, and for younger children, with a Hachette-published picture book for teenies, Kave-Tina Rox.

When she’s not writing books, Jill works as an organisational communications consultant and is a proud mum and nana. She divides her time between the UK and New Zealand, and hopes one day to travel between the two by SatiSPI, ESPIdrilles or Jack BC Zip.

MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

SWAGG – BOOK ONE: SPOOK

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Online conferencing organisation, HOST, have figured out how to livestream the World Community Games across the planet. The whole world sits up and takes notice. And so do some people who are out-of-this-world …

Like Janey Brown, aka Jane Blonde. She’d thought her spy life all over when she carried out her last mission with the irrepressible SPI:KE, G-Mamma, until one day, from the shadows, Gideon Flynn appears. He’s building a team to uncover what HOST are really up to – and to carry out some secret missions of his own.

Together, they track down some unusual superheroes. Jack Bootle-Cadogan – Jack BC, or Anubis, to his friends. Matilda Peppercorn, legendary kickboxer with fabulous feline skills. And Prince Stein of the Huckenbeck dynasty, who’s very old and very young, all at the same time.

And the adventure begins. But are the team willing or even able to do what Flynn wants? It’s time to find out. Meet SWAGG.

JANE BLONDE – BOOK ONE (2006): SENSATIONAL SPYLET

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

‘Until now, you have been just plain old Janey Brown. But you are going to grow and grow. You will be what your parents have not allowed you to be. It’s in your past. And it’s in your future. There’s a whole new part of you just waiting to you to burst out. You are Jane Blonde – Sensational Spylet. Welcome to our world.’

Janey Brown has been close to invisible and feeling pretty blue at her new school, until her mysterious godmother introduces her to a new life – as sensational spylet, Jane Blonde. With gadgets, missions and enemies galore, it’s hard to figure out who’s friend or foe. But Janey’s a bit of a natural. It’s in the blood. And it’s playground zero to superspy hero for the new spy in town. Meet Blonde. Jane Blonde.

Originally published by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK), the Jane Blonde series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in two dozen countries, It was a World Book Day book and optioned for film and TV, previously by the exec producer of Mulan and Chronicles of Narnia, and now for animation by an Oscar-winning AV/VR company. It is now available in all sorts of digital versions, with fabulous new covers and from its new official home at Jill Marshall Books Ltd. Blonde is also back in SWAGG. Bigger. Badder. Blonder.

JANE BLONDE – BOOK TWO (2006): SPIES TROUBLE

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Jane’s purr-ecious spy-cat, Trouble, has been kidnapped! A group of mad scientists think they have discovered the secret to a cat’s nine lives – but they need Trouble for their experiments.

All the clues lead down the drain – spying can be a wet and stinky business!

But with chewing gum that lets her breathe underwater, a SPIpod tracking device and a high-speed mini-hoverboard, Jane Blonde is ready for ACTION in her second spytastic adventure . . .

JANE BLONDE – BOOK THREE (2007): TWICE THE SPYLET

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Jane Blonde, Sensational Spylet, has just met her secret twin! When the sisters are posted to an Australian sheep farm, Janey’s instincts are on red alert. There’s something weird about those sheep.

Come to think of it, there’s something suspicious about Jane Blonde’s twin . . . Janey can raise an invisible shield with her spy- ring and she can burrow through the earth with her spy-drill boots – but will incredible gadgets save her this time?

JANE BLONDE – BOOK FOUR (2007): SPYLET ON ICE

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Jane Blonde, Sensational Spylet, is hurled on her coolest mission yet when she enrols at SPI camp! There are gadgets galore at the top-secret facility and there’s even a snowdome where the spylets can chill out.

When the team is sent on a mysterious polar expedition, Janey’s spylet- training – and her new snowboarding skills! – are put to the test.

JANE BLONDE – BOOK FIVE (2008): GOLDENSPY

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Janey is delighted when she is granted a dazzling golden spysuit.But things get deadly serious when her investigations lead her to a shocking discovery: her arch enemy has developed a terrible giant Lay-Z Beam, which he is directing at Earth from a secret space station!

Will the Goldenspy manage to resist its zapping power – and save the world?

JANE BLONDE – BOOK SIX (2008): SPY IN THE SKY

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

When Jane Blonde becomes a sky-diving sensation, she’s on cloud nine. But her flying skills are put to the test when a flock of freaky creatures take to the air, and there are terrible things happening to the Spylabs – and even the spies.

Can Blonde uncover the dangerous force behind her new enemy before she’s blasted out of the skies? Find out in JB’s sixth soaring mission

JANE BLONDE – BOOK SEVEN (2009): SPYLETS ARE FOREVER

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

The past is calling, and Jane Blonde, Sensational Spylet, must travel back in time for her final showdown with the evil Copernicus.

But everything works differently here, and she can’t even rely on her favourite gadgets and team-mates. Even for the sensational spylet, it’s all impossible to BELIEV3 …

Can she follow the trail of clues to figure it out or is time up for Jane Blonde? Tick. Tick. Tick.

JACK B-C – BOOK ONE (2020): DOGHEAD

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Egypt

“It was back. The hair on his face was thicker than ever. But it wasn’t just a beard. Now his eyebrows here meeting in the middle to form a thick band of blue-black hair across his forehead – a mono-brow gone wild.”

Jack Bootle-Cadogan is a fairly average lord-in-the-making, until he begins to sprout facial hair and some very pointy teeth. He can’t go to school looking this ruff!

Thanks to a family curse, Jack is destined to become Anubis, god of the dead. Can he master his new secret rituals and still win the school’s running competition? Find out in a hilarious tale of a boy who’s losing his head – but gaining a free pass to the pyramids, the undead, and a crazy collection of friends and family. 50% human. 50% jackal. 100% busted.

A trilogy extravaganza of Egyptian adventures, originally published by Macmillan Children’s Books UK and now in its official new home at Jill Marshall Books. A SWAGG origin series.

JACK B-C – BOOK TWO (2020): DOGFIGHT

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Egypt

Jack is back – and so is the pig-headed god who’s trying to destroy them all. But now Seth is not just satisfied with destroying the Bootle-Cadogans and their friends – he’s trying to destroy the whole world with plagues, panic and pig-induced death. It’s going to take a special team to save the world from a-nile-ation.

JACK B-C – BOOK THREE (2020): DOGSTAR

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Egypt

Jack’s still hairy. Bone’s still skeletal. And Osiris has one last chance to find his missing crown before Seth’s victory is complete. And meanwhile Jack still has a battle with his parents to win.

It’s back to Ancient Egypt for Jack, and not-so-ancient Egypt for Albie, as the past catches up with Jack BC once and for all in the final part of the Jack BC trilogy.

THE LEGEND OF MATILDA PEPPERCORN – BOOK ONE (2020): WITCH HUNTER

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Humour, Cats

Matilda Peppercorn is being watched. Weirdy women keep popping up in all sorts of strange places. On the special mosaic in her garden. Up a tree at the tumbledown building where she and BFF Mattan hang out. Even at the competition for her beloved kickboxing.

And they’re not just watching. They’re testing her, for a job she’s even never heard of.
It’s crazy, isn’t it? But if anyone’s up to the task, it’s Matilda Peppercorn.

Magical mayhem and kick-box action from Jill Marshall, author of the best-selling series about Sensational Spylet, Jane Blonde. Also a SWAGG Origin Series.

Matilda Peppercorn. Girl. Cat. Legend.

THE LEGEND OF MATILDA PEPPERCORN – BOOK TWO (2020): TOADSTONE

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Humour, Cats

Tilly and Mattan return to the creepy Runes to find out about lurking crows, exploding frogs and the mystery of the missing black cats. Not that it’s too unusual for Matilda Peppercorn – guardian-to-be, ace kick-boxer, and potentially different species.

But is she the legend? Someone’s too close for comfort – and they have different ideas.  The second in the TLOMP quartet about magical mayhem-creator and soon-to-be legend, Matilda Peppercorn.

THE LEGEND OF MATILDA PEPPERCORN – BOOK THREE (2020): QUESTIONER

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Humour, Cats

It’s full-time boarding at the Runes for Tilly and Mattan, as Tilly gets to grips with being a guardian and has superbly excellent kb training with Judge Savage. But someone special is sick. Stony eyeballs and swivelling heads are threatening Tilly P with death if she can’t answer their questions. But this is Matilda Peppercorn – and she’s got some questions of her own.

Join Tilly and the gang for magical madness and thrilling adventure in the third book in the series about living legend, Matilda Peppercorn

 

THE LEGEND OF MATILDA PEPPERCORN – BOOK FOUR (2020): TRINITY

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Humour, Cats

Luckier than a cat with nine lives? Not so much.

Matilda Peppercorn is on the run, not just from the Hopkins but from the very – err – people she’s meant to protect. With her friends in tow, she crosses continents to be mighty in battle, to uncover her ‘unknown birth’ – and to find out the truth about the legend of Matilda Peppercorn.

Hold on to your tail-belts for the conclusion of the mad magical TLOMP mysteries.

STEIN & FRANK: BATTLE OF THE UNDEAD PEOPLE-EATERS (2020)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Myth, Magic, Humour

Luckier than a cat with nine lives? Not so much.

Matilda Peppercorn is on the run, not just from the Hopkins but from the very – err – people she’s meant to protect. With her friends in tow, she crosses continents to be mighty in battle, to uncover her ‘unknown birth’ – and to find out the truth about the legend of Matilda Peppercorn.

Hold on to your tail-belts for the conclusion of the mad magical TLOMP mysteries.