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 […]
‘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 […]
‘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 […]
‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has received an honourable mention from the judges of the Norma K Hemming Award, who described the book as ‘a witty novel set in Dickens’s London with science under siege from mysterious events. Catherine Jinks draws the characters vividly and completely credibly, and she makes a palpable 19th century London. A […]
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.
On the 28th of June I’ll be appearing at the NSW Writers Centre’s Kids and YA Festival in Sydney. My panel is at 3 pm, when I’ll be discussing the challenges of pitching a series with Wendy Orr, among others! If you’re interested in attending, the festival program can be downloaded and tickets can be […]
Last night (14 May) I attended the 2014 Blue Fringe Arts Short Story and Poetry Awards, as the judge of the short story competition. Blue Fringe Arts celebrates the creativity of people living with or having experienced mental illness, and is run by a committee of organisations based in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions […]
‘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.
‘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 […]