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 […]

6 December

NYC Library List

The New York Public Library has just released its ‘Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013’ – and How to Catch a Bogle has made the list! My book is one of twenty-five titles in the ‘Older Readers’ category. I regard this as a GREAT honour; thanks, New York Public Library! You can […]

29 November

Welcome to my new website!

Back in 2007, when I launched my first website, I thought, ‘Well – that’s that!’ But of course fashions change, and technology advances, and six years later my first website was looking old and creaky. So to coincide with my 50th birthday – here’s website number two! As you can see, it’s much more interactive, […]

29 November

Latest release: ‘How to Catch a Bogle’

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My latest release is How to Catch a Bogle was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in North America in September. The book appeared in Australia in January 2013, under the title A Very Unusual Pursuit. The Australian sequel, A Very Peculiar Plague, was published in Australia in July 2013, but won’t be issued in North America […]

29 November

‘How to Catch a Bogle’ on ‘Best Book’ lists

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How to Catch a Bogle (known as A Very Unusual Pursuit in Australia) has been named one of the best children’s books of 2013 by both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, two highly respected American literary journals. Here are links for the Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus lists.

29 November

Thank you, Book People!

The Book People store in Austin, Texas, has just nominated How to Catch a Bogle as one of its six ‘Best Books for Young Readers’ in 2013. I’m very pleased about this because I know the store – or rather, I met some of its employees when I went to the Austin Teen Book Festival, […]

28 November

Young Adult Messages

Here are all the Young Adult Message Board postings, along with my replies, from my old website. 2013 Thursday, October 31 Q I’m a Brazilian child, but I have English lessons…But I can mistake…I read your book The Genius Wars and it all 2 more books of the collection and I think you’re one of […]

28 November

Kids Messages

Here are all the Kids Message Board postings, along with my replies, from my old website. 2013 Monday, November 11 Q How did you come up with the idea for The Paradise Trap? It is such a great book and it changed my mind about reading. I could not put it down. Are you making […]