An eleven-year-old boy discovers he has strange powers, and a future that holds mystery, adventure -- and death! Targeted marketing and publicity campaign includes: / Review coverage in national press and magazines / Developing www.jimmycoates.co.uk -- microsite with downloadable competitions, screensavers, wallpapers, e-cards etc. / Targeted on-line campaign reaching over 3 million children -- competition linked banner ad from nick.co.uk and itv.co.uk; banner ad on teacher / librarian sites / Retail spend for inclusion in all summer reading promotions / Competition: Horowitz's Alex Rider novels, Muchamore's Cherub novels, Charlie Higson's Young Bond
Joe studied Philosophy at Cambridge University (Emmanuel College), graduating in 2002. While there he wrote and performed with the Cambridge Footlights and co-hosted a show on the University radio station. As well as being the author of the Jimmy Coates action-adventure series, he is a songwriter/musician. He has performed at various venues in London, and made a self-produced CD of his pop material. (You can hear the songs through his website.) In 1999 he won Most Promising Young Writer at the Vivian Ellis Prize for his first musical. In 2002 he wrote the music for 'Told You So', which ran in London over Christmas. It was a family show adapting Aesop's fables, co-written with acclaimed playwright John Finnemore. He has also written the music to several other shows which have run on the London and Edinburgh fringe. He coaches cricket at his local club (Brondesbury CC), where he runs the Under Elevens. They came second in the league this year - and had a lot of fun along the way. His other interests are - music, watching films, reading, collecting frogs, eating lunch, cooking, Aesop's fables, dancing Tango, playing poker, painting, eating Haribo Sweets, playing five-a-side football and cricket.
Praise for Jimmy Coates: Revenge "Boys love this stuff, and so do girls. Jimmy is a pint-sized verision of Robocop or Terminator! Like Anthony Horowitz's splendid fantasies, [these novels] tap into almost everything a bolshy boy wants and feels. Immensely clever, immediately engaging, they will prepare a child for Orwell and Huxley." Amanda Craig, The Times "Fast-paced and intelligently written." The Bookseller "the sort of book to wow reluctant boy readers away from computer games and into the pages of a book." Books for Keeps "Joe Craig has produced another thrilling page-turner." Jewish Chronicle "A rollicking good spy romp." School House magazine. Praise for Jimmy Coates: Target "With cinematic skill, Craig unrolls a series of action-packed scenes, with a new crisis at every turn of the page. It's gripping, but not mindless" Angela Kilverstein Praise for Jimmy Coates: Killer "!a totally excellent adventure -- a lit bit Bond, a lit bit Matrix and a lot of what you've never read before. Someone make this into a movie!" Flipside "A gripping action-thriller that's packed with twists." Funday Times "The perfect primer to the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum." VOYA