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Deltora Quest 21st Anniversary Edition!

The new 21st Anniversary Edition of Deltora Quest is out now! It is a hardback of the entire first series, from The Forests of Silence to Return to Del, with a beautiful new cover. It is available in bookstores and online at Dymocks, as well as other websites.

Eliza Vanda's Button Box

My new book, Eliza Vanda's Button Box, is out now! You can find it in bookstores or through the links on the Harper Collin's page. Here is the blurb: Buttons three, attend to me! Take me where I want to be! No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising 'Cabins for Rent' was almost hidden by a pile of builder's rubble, but Eliza... Read more

My new book, Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell, is out now!

Here's my new book, Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell. It's illustrated by Lucinda Gifford, and is the first adventure in the Monty's Island series. It's a chapter book for younger kids (around 5-8), for reading alone or to share by reading aloud. The back cover blurb tells you a bit about the story: On a tiny island far away, in a sea that ripples with magic, Monty never knows what he might find... Monty... Read more

The Glimme named Notable Book!

Hooray! The Glimme, with its wonderful illustrations by Marc McBride, has been named a 2020 Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia!

My new book, The Glimme, is out now!

My new book, The Glimme, featuring the amazing fantasy artwork of Marc McBride (who was the cover artist for Deltora Quest), is out now! A new world, a new quest, and one of the most exciting writing experiences of my whole career. Here's the blurb from the back cover to tell you more about it: 'Lone Annie sees dragons in your future… She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death.' Finn's... Read more

Pirate wins the Goodest Prize!

Woof! Thanks to Pirate, the little black-and-white dog Quil meets one magic day in a place called Hooper’s Bend, The Shop at Hooper’s Bend has won the 2018 Goodest Prize—a fun new award given for the best book featuring a dog.   The judges said that Pirate ‘plays the role of saviour, both emotional and physical, within the narrative’; ‘displays good doggish intuition, knowing who the bad characters are before the reader does’; displays ‘openness, even to people... Read more

His Name Was Walter

My new book, His Name Was Walter, is out now! Here is the back cover: Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own… The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four students and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of... Read more

Varuna & Sydney Writers’ Festival

I'll be one of the writers speaking at the Blue Mountains Library and Cultural Centre as part of the 2018 Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival on April 28th. If you want to come, my session starts at 11AM!

The Shop at Hoopers bend has just been published!

My new book, The Shop at Hoopers Bend, has just been published! For a long time, I’ve been enthralled by fantasy worlds, writing books like the Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin, Rondo, Three Doors and Star of Deltora series. My new book, The Shop at Hoopers Bend, is different. Not because I’m tired of high fantasy—far from it—but because different kinds of story ideas call for different ways of telling. The Shop at Hoopers Bend is about the... Read more

The Hungry Isle is out!

The Hungry Isle, the fourth and last book in the Star of Deltora series is out at last! Probably because I’ve had such a hectic year, it seems ages since The Towers of Illica was published in April, and eons since the first two books came out in 2015. When I started the series I was going to make it three books, but then I realised that to tell the story... Read more

Events in Sydney and Katoomba

When I decided to have a blog as part of my new website I promised myself faithfully that I’d keep it up to date. Then came the Mudgee Readers Festival, The Melbourne Writers Festival and the Brisbane Writers Festival. Then as soon as I got home I had proofs to check and deadlines to meet. And then I gave into temptation and started work on a new book. ... Read more

Welcome to my new-look website!

Welcome to my new-look website! I hope you like it as much as I do. I thought I’d make a blog part of it, because that’s the best way to pass on news and keep in touch. I’m planning on posting a couple of times a month. Things to come are some extra pages that will go into more detail about Deltora Quest and some of my other series. A complete book list is on... Read more