Jo Franklin

Children's author

Available for:


Contact: Please email me at

Or phone on 07733 158209

Help I'm an Alien shortlisted for the Hull Book Award 2017

8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


Author appearances, school and library visits and festivals

I write funny, feel good stories for 7-12 year olds. I love to write about children who are not normally centre-stage like geeks, tomboys and misfits. 

Help I'm an Alien and Help I'm a Genius are published by Troika Books.

I have also written for the educational market including The Big Bag Box published by Oxford University Press.

I love to meet my readers and I'm able to come to schools and libraries to talk about my books, my writing and how I became an author.

My workshops are fun and interactive. They are based around my books so include themes of friendship and family as well as crazy inventions and wacky characters.  

Successful workshops include :

Where do you get your ideas from?
The question that all authors get asked. We generate ideas from scratch and decide which ones would make an interesting story.
Would you be friends with an alien?
Great for anti bullying week. I show pictures of various aliens (eg ET, Dr Who, Sontaran) and ask who they would most like to be friends with and why. This can lead to a creative writing exercise on what are the features of a true friend. 
What would you take to another planet?
Using mood boards and word clouds as a starting point, I ask everyone to imagine what they would write in a letter home if they were to move to a different planet. 

What would you put in a brain power sandwich? A fun interactive session that works in assembly or in the classroom. 

I'm happy to visit schools and libraries all over the UK for fun talks and creative writing workshops for KS1 KS2. 

Feel free to contact me and ask questions about possible visits without feeling obliged to book me. I charge £375 for a full day, £225 for a half day.  

There are lots of details about me, my books and my mad dog on my website

Creative Writing Tutor

I am a creative writing tutor for children and adults. If you are looking for a creative writing tutor, please contact me.

New Commissions

I am always interested in commissioned work so if you are a publisher, a toy manufacturer or a charity looking for fiction to supplement your offer, please get in touch.

Literary Consultancy and Mentor

When I am not writing my own books I help adults develop their own writing. Details of literacy consultancy are available on my website. I am also available for teaching creative writing to adults.

I have written many books including :
Help I'm an Alien (isbn:9781909991293)
Daniel has always felt like he doesn't fit in. Now he knows why. He is an alien! With the help of his two friends,Freddo and Gordon the Geek, Dan tries to get back to his home planet but things don't go according to plan with disastrous consequences.
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Help I'm a Genius (isbn:9781909991422)
Dan doesn't know anything so how is he going to win the national brainiac championships?
The Bushcraft Kid (isbn:1783226005)
Harley lives in the City but is obsessed with TVs Mr Wilderness so he enters an exciting competition which gives him the opportunity to camp out in the wild.
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The Big Bad Box (isbn:9780198414766)
A story with no words. What is in the Big Bad Box?
Society of Authors, SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, CWISL - Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London

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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

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