Jan Michael

Born in the Yorkshire Dales, Jan Michael spent an idyllic childhood there and in the Seychelles, also living in Lesotho and Pakistan. Since university, she has worked as an editor and literary agent in London, Amsterdam and Yorkshire. She has written thirteen books which have been published in several languages, including the children’s novels Hill of Darkness, The Rock Boy (also performed as children’s opera in Germany), Just Joshua (winner: Dutch Vlag en Wimpel prize), Leaving Home (winner: Dutch Silver Slate Pencil and the Jenny Smelik-IBBY Prize) and Moorside Boy.

  • The Rock Boy

    Why I wrote The Rock Boy

    Refugees have fled across the Mediterranean towards Europe on many occasions. Jan Michael explains the origins of her story about Artan, washed ashore after the fishing boat he shared with his brother was smashed close to Malta, and Jo, the local girl who saves his life.

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Just Joshua

  • Download Teaching Guides: Comprehensive teaching guide to the book

The Rock Boy

  • Download Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the book by Liz Morris