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 has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers! It has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Aurealis Best Children's Fiction award!
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!
His Name Was Walter won in the Children's Literature category for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards!
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
His Name Was Walter is one of the 5 books shortlisted in the Children's Literature category for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards! The shortlists were announced on September 12.
His Name Was Walter has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers! It was also selected the Best Designed Children's Fiction Book in the 2019 Australian Book Design Association Awards. Congratulations to Jess Cruickshank, Hazel Lam and the Angus & Robertson team!
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
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
Last week I was interviewed by Dave May for ABC TV’s The Mix. It was shown over the weekend, and here is the video on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it!
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!
My newest book, The Shop at Hoopers Bend, has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards!
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, 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
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! 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