The theme of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week this year was ‘Escape to Everywhere’. It felt very appropriate for me personally, as I drove to areas unknown to visit a couple of lovely schools. I left the bustle of Sydney’s inner South and found myself driving along country roads lined with trees …

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Due to tight publishing deadlines, I haven’t been blogging much lately. You’ve probably noticed … at least, I hope you have! I’ve missed it – nothing beats WordPress for writerly interaction! But now that my new series has been released, I think it’s about time I showed you what’s been keeping me so busy. I’ve …

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Mike the Spike is being launched this Friday at Kogarah Library. Come along! It’s a great way to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays. There’ll be book readings, a drawing demo, craft and prizes! It’s FREE, and you can book here. My talented friend of the Crafty Theatre blog will be helping out. …

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My first junior novel Mike the Spike has just been released by New Frontier Publishing as part of their Little Rockets series. It’s all about head lice and trust and self-reliance and really cool hats! The official launch will be next month, during the school holidays. But in the meantime, I’m running a giveaway competition. …

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It’s a sad fact of life that bookshops are rapidly dwindling. There are few things I enjoy more than losing myself among the shelves, surrounded by adventures, mysteries and thrillers. Nothing beats the smell and feel of paperbacks. I’ve discovered many brilliant books that way, more than I’ve been able to find by browsing online. …

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The first glimpse of a book’s front cover is thrilling for authors. Suddenly it all starts to feel real. I’m happy I can now share my excitement with you! Mike the Spike will soon be released by New Frontier Publishing as part of their Little Rockets series. You can download free teachers’ notes and classroom activities …

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Mothers’ Day was a beautiful autumn day in Sydney, filled with smiling children, sunshine and chocolate. Who could ask for more? Well, presents are nice too. Especially the ones made by our children (although shop bought stuff is good too!) When my daughter Connie was little, she used to make me dozens of presents. Cards, …

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My new books have been released! They’re designed to help primary school students prepare for the upcoming NAPLAN Language Conventions tests. NAPLAN – the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy – is a set of assessment tests run in all Australian schools each May. The tests cover basic English and maths skills: see the …

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February 14 isn’t just for lovers – it’s also for book lovers. So put away that chocolate (or gulp it down quickly) and pick up a book! Valentine’s Day is International Book Giving Day, a day dedicated to getting books into the hands of as many children as possible. The books can be new or …

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