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From Beer To Maternity by Julie Hodgson
Janet knows she needs to lose weight – she hasn’t seen her feet since the nineties – but when she staggers up onto a table at the work’s New Year’s party, with enough beer inside her to power Australia for a year, and challenges her mortal enemy, Jack, to a weight-loss competition, she has no idea what she’s started. She can’t even remember it the next day, but her drunken rant has already become an internet sensation, and now there’s no backing out of it.
Jack wants nothing to do with it – although he hasn’t seen his feet since the eighties – but with his doctor forcing him to lose weight and Janet’s constant hostility towards him, he is soon on board, and the competition between them is fierce.
So, it’s on! Every month for a year the rivals compete to lose the most weight in diets set by their colleagues, ranging from the reasonably sensible to the completely and utterly insane, with their personal lives inevitably getting in the way and the people around them shamelessly cashing in on the competition. And all the while the story is getting bigger and bigger until the whole country is watching and only one of them can come out on top.
Polly Mae: The Old Suitcase by Julie Hodgson
Polly Mae finds its impossible to leave next's doors cat alone, especially if the cat happened to be up the tree Polly Mae wanted to climb herself, and the neighbour Mrs Donkin was on the war path.
After been banished to her room, she shimmy's down the drainpipe and runs off to the beach with her friend William and finds an old suitcase hidden behind a wall in an old ice cream cabin by the beach.
The contents of the suitcase take her on an incredible journey, experiencing the plights of a polish families escape from war-torn Poland, which had been occupied by the Nazis in 1942.
A time when families were torn apart on one man's whim! Polly Mae finds herself confronted with feelings and adventures she never thought she would have.
What was in the suitcase to start all this off? Learning from first-hand accounts about the holocaust and the damage it did was an experience for Polly Mae. One she would never forget!
Cassandra: And They All Fall Down by Julie Hodgson
When Cassandra was just six years old she attacked a classmate in a frenzy of violence that left him hospitalized for three months, forcing the family to move to Garden City for a fresh start. She was treated for ADD, but now, as her sixteen birthday approaches, Dr. Sommer wants her to come off her meds. She has learned to channel her energy into running and, apart from the nightmares and the constant itching of the backs of her hands, she has had no further symptoms. Dr. Sommer is confident that everything will be absolutely fine. And he is right … to begin with.
But then her emotions are blowing up with her friends, with her family, and her body doesn’t feel like her own. The running would be helpful if it wasn’t now a dangerous compulsion, and if the backs of her hands ever stopped itching she might just be able to gather her thoughts. The longer she is off her meds, the more aware she becomes of just how alien and terrifying her body is, the violent secrets it holds, and the bloody fate awaiting her.
As Cassandra struggles to piece together the story of her own existence, masked men are attacking young women in Garden City. Cassandra is dragged into this darkness, powerless to resist the draw of violence. She has no way of knowing that answering the questions buried deep within her is the key to ending this bloodshed forever.
As Far As The Eye Can See. An Indian Tale by Julie Hodgson
A short story of Lolo a little girl whose mother is Indian and father is Swedish. A beautiful blend of cultures and making new friends.
All You Need Is Love: And A Big Handbag by Julie Hodgson
When the most bookish, clumsy geek manages to bag the most handsome,
beautiful man on campus – the man that all the other girls would happily
have thrown their Kappa Kappa Delta sisters under the bus for – then it
can’t end well. But Maggie has beaten the odds and is ten years into her
marriage with Jack. However, the pages in the book of fairytales are
beginning to smolder and burn as she starts to question his fidelity
Forced into action by her suspicions, and hindered by her over-sexed
mother and under-brained friend, Maggie embarks on a search for truth.
What she finds, however, is an adventure that throws her directly into
the claws of danger and will make her wish that infidelity was the only
thing she had to worry about.
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About The Author: Julie Hodgson lives in Sweden with her husband John, has traveled extensively all over the world writing for children. Julie has won several book awards (new apple awards) and has recently won The readers favorite award for the 2016 Book awards. Jodie and the library card won bronze and she will head off to Miami in November. Julie tours around the world with her books and encouraging people to read. An avid reader herself and a coffee lover.
Julie's motto in life is "always be the very best you can be" And she certainly lives up to that fact. "The book’s engaging setup provides an opportunity to teach young readers about diverse historical events, such as the Blitz in World War II and the sinking of the Titanic" -Kirkus review for Jodie and the library card
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