19 April

Children’s Book Council Notable Book

‘A Very Singular Guild’ has been named as a ‘Notable Book’ in the Younger Readers category of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards for 2015. It’s unusual to have a sequel distinguished in this way, so I’m very chuffed. Here is the full list of Younger Reader Notable Books, as […]

20 February

More Audio Accolades!

The audiobook of ‘How to Catch a Bogle’, narrated by Mandy Williams, has been shortlisted for an Audie Award by the Audio Publisher’s Association (APA) in the United States. ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ is a finalist in the ‘Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12′ category. The winners will be announced on May the 28th. The […]

13 February

Shortlisting

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for the 2015 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYBRA), in the ‘Younger Readers’ category. Shortlisted titles are voted on by young readers across Western Australia. The full list of shortlisted books can be found at the WAYBRA website.

12 February

Library Selection

‘A Plague of Bogles’ (published as ‘A Very Peculiar Plague‘ in Australia) has been selected as a ‘Junior Library Guild Selection’ for Spring 2015. The Junior Library Guild is a collection development and book review service used by thousands of schools and public libraries throughout the U.S.A. Here is the full list of JLG Spring […]

17 October

Award Nomination for Audiobook

Congratulations to Mandy Williams, who narrated the Listening Library’s audiobook of ‘How to Catch a Bogle’. Her work has been nominated for a Voice Arts Award, in the category of ‘Audio Book Narration – Children (ages 6 to 12), Best Female Voice’. The Voice Arts Awards are an international competition run by the Society of […]

27 September

Banned Book!

Here’s an interesting bit of news. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has posted the result of a survey listing ten books banned in various Texas school districts during 2013-14. The Vanguard Academy Charter School banned five of these ten books at a secondary level – and one of them was The Reformed Vampire […]

17 August

Children’s Book of the Year!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers. I just arrived back from Canberra, where I attended the the award ceremony; it was beautifully organised by the ACT branch of the CBCA. Many thanks to everyone who helped me to get there. A […]

26 June

Another New York Times Mention

‘How to Catch a Bogle’ was recently included in a reading list that accompanied a New York Times travel story about taking a child to London. The author, Pamela Paul, introduced the twelve books mentioned with the words, “While not all of these books are expressly about London or even England, each in its own […]

12 June

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

  All three of my ‘City of Orphans’ novels have been added to the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. They’ve joined five of my older books on the 7-9 booklist. I’m always delighted when this happens! The full list of books for all reading levels can be found at the Reading Challenge website.

11 May

Another Shortlisting!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming Award, which is awarded annually by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for a work of speculative fiction that explores the themes of race, gender, class, sexuality and disability. Here is the full shortlist for the Norma K Hemming Award.