28 May

One of the Best!

The Booklist Reader, published by the American Library Association, has listed ‘Evil Genius’ as one of its ’100 Best Children’s and YA Mysteries of the Past 10 Years’. Yay! For the complete list, visit The Booklist Reader website.

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 […]

14 April

School Visit

Earlier this month I was invited to speak to the students of All Saints’ College, Bathurst, for a couple of days. Thanks to all the lovely people there who made me feel so welcome! I really enjoyed myself.

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 […]

20 August

Radio National Interview

Michael Cathcart recently interviewed me on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily program, along with the winner of the Older Readers Book of the Year, Fiona Wood. You can listen to the interview at the Books and Arts Daily website.

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 […]