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.

11 April

Double Shortlist!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for not one, but two major literary awards! It’s on the shortlist for the Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Book of the Year’ awards, in the ‘Younger Readers’ section, and it’s also been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – specifically, for the Patricia Wrightson award for […]

26 March

‘Saving Thanehaven’ Book Trailer

Allen and Unwin have released a book trailer for ‘Saving Thanehaven’. Enjoy!

12 March

Scientific American

My book ‘Evil Genius’ has been mentioned in the very first paragraph of an article just published in ‘Scientific American’, entitled ‘What Creativity and Dishonesty may have in common’. Written by Francesca Gino, a behavioural scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, the article describes research into the relationship between dishonesty and creativity, concluding that […]

4 March

Winner!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has won the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature in the children’s category! I was in Adelaide to collect the prize and had a wonderful time meeting, greeting and going to the zoo. Big thanks to everyone involved – especially the judges and my publisher, Erica Wagner of Allen and Unwin, who […]