Set in a remote mountain village in the grip of a deadly drought, a young girl sets out to look for berries. She falls into a deep, dark cave, where shapes and shadows lurk and bats abound. Cold and frightened, she desperately wishes for the comforting figure of her cousin Hilal, but he is far away and cannot help her. It seems that no one can. But in that eerie cavern lit only by the occasional glimmer of glow worms, she comes across an owl and a mysterious child who lead her to a discovery which could save her people ... if only she could get out and reach them.
As a child Julia loved dressing up and making up stories! Her life has revolved round storytelling, in one shape or form, ever since. With a background in performing and teaching, she has read stories on radio and TV, narrated stories for audio book companies, run drama workshops for young people and toured schools with Theatre-in-Education productions. A thirst for adventure took her to Dubai more than 40 years ago, long before the skyscrapers and smart hotels and fancy shopping malls. Much of her inspiration for writing comes from the UAE and Oman. A desire to share her discoveries about the region's fascinating past, its ancient culture and traditions, led to her first story. Published in 2003, The Pearl Diver is now read and enjoyed in Primary schools throughout the Gulf. The Leopard Boy was awarded a Kirkus star in America. Michael Morpurgo called it "A beautiful story, a wise and wonderfully told tale". The Turtle Secret won the Best International Children's Book award at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2014.