Jodie and the Library Card

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
144 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2015
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Author Biography

Julie Hodgson, now living in Sweden with her husband John, has travelled extensively all over the world writing for children. She has worked on the children's page of the Kuwaiti Times for about a year just before the first Gulf conflict in 1989, the story teller's page for the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, the press and journal Banff Standard, plus numerous other papers and short story books as well. She has also been featured a few times in the Portuguese newspaper Aponte and several other papers and magazines - such as Maria magazine and others. Very recently she has been on radio Sweden's P4 as their correspondent for the week.

She now settles for a quieter life giving her more time to write stories, and is in popular demand for storytelling, having visited many schools in Portugal.

When last interviewed on the radio, Julie stressed how important it was for children to be able to read. She usually donates the proceeds from the sales of her books and actual books to charities.

Julie is the author of several favorite children’s books, including Sally Socket and the Fire Angel, The Twilight Dance and Other Stories, Juno & the Half Man, Polly Mae, Juno & The Windwalker, The Mothaich, the two knights and many others. Jodie and the library card is now being translated into Swedish. Which has just won the New Apple Literary award.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

The year is 2075 and library cards allow school children to travel through time to witness important historical events firsthand. Young Jodie Broom has a predilection for finding and collecting real books (banned in favor of eReaders) and for using her library card creatively, much to the chagrin of her nemesis, the evil librarian Ms. Noble. In the process of exploring various eras and significant events - including World War II, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Carnation Revolution in Portugal - Jodie learns some of the pitfalls of time travel, solves some formidable problems with the help of her friends Pacman and Kai, and meets a few new friends who help her to find a way to cope with what might well turn out to be the End of the World. The hows, whys, and wheres wait for eager young readers to discover all this in a thrilling adventure that they most assuredly will not be able to put down.

Jodie and the Library Card by Julie Hodgson is a highly imaginative, utterly enchanting fantasy for “tween” readers. Jodie’s adventures teach important values, morals, and personal accountability in a painless and thoroughly engaging way. Julie Hodgson has drawn finely detailed and richly layered characters, so real that they seem to pop right off the page. Jodie’s futuristic world and her firsthand encounters with history will enthrall, educate, and entertain readers of all ages in ways few modern writers have mastered.

Jodie and the Library Card by Julie Hodgson is a consummate page-turning adventure, replete with all of the requisite hair-raising moments and plot twists characteristic of the finest classic children’s literature. Jodie Bloom is a perfectly conceived and impeccably crafted heroine for young readers longing to sort out their own place in a complicated and rapidly changing world. This is a must-read fantasy for young readers, offering real-world wisdom and ideal opportunities for meaningful discussions about important life skills and life lessons.


‘Jodie and the Library Card’ had such an interesting premise that I had to pick up the book. I’ve always been a fan of futuristic Sci-Fi novels, but the historical journey that Jodie and her friends get to take really adds to the fun form me. Despite being just one children’s book, the kids get to meet Atilla the Hun, sail the Titanic, and travel across the world, among other adventures. It’s a great way to teach children a little bit about history but also providing the entertainment value of time travel. I highly recommend this story for pre-teen readers

L Royal

AMAZING book ....full of adventure and wonder !! couldn't put it down till I had finished it .now going to get the next one .
It is an ideal sized book for children not to long and definitely NOT boring it also contains little bits of historic facts ,a real fun way to learn things without realising it . , exciting all the way through ..loved it !!!
Fantastic imagination ...great fun to read .