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


‘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 […]

16 February

Notable Children’s Book

The Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) has just named its Notable Children’s Books for 2014 – and ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ has made it onto the list, in the ‘Middle Readers’ section! Here is the full list.

29 January

Internet Interview

If you’ve ever wanted to ask me about my writing and research methods, check out the interview that’s just been posted on the Kids Book Review website.

19 December

A Couple of Kindly Bloggers

I just noticed that ShelfTalker, the ‘Publisher’s Weekly’ blog, has posted a list of ‘Fantastic First Lines (2013)’, and that the first line of ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ was included. What particularly pleased me about this thumbs-up was that it came from Elizabeth Bluemle, who – along with Josie Leavitt – owns the Flying […]

17 December

American Library Association’s Top Thirty

‘How to Catch a Bogle’ has been included in the 2013 Lasting Connections list, compiled by ‘Book Links’ magazine – which is published by the American Library Association.  This list features the year’s top thirty picture books, novels and non-fiction titles aimed at kindergarten-to-eighth grade classrooms, and is designed to highlight books that (according to […]

10 December

Adelaide Festival Awards

In more good news, I’ve just heard that A Very Unusual Pursuit (How to Catch a Bogle in America) has been shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, 2014. My book is one of six titles shortlisted for the ‘Children’s fiction’ prize. Yay! The winners will be announced on 1 March. Here is the […]