Book People

Book People: Susannah McFarlane

By Megan Daley | Nov 1, 2018
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There would be few parents of small people out there who did not know the EJ Girl Hero and EJ Spy School books – we’ve even had an EJ Disco Party. Author…

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Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

By Megan Daley | Oct 21, 2018
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Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: The Adventures of Catvinkle Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour.  Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia and…

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Book People: Lorraine Marwood

By Megan Daley | Oct 8, 2018
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Lorraine Marwood is well known to many as an award winning poet and writer. Her novel ‘Star Jumps’ won the 2010 Prime Ministers Award for Children’s Fiction and is a poignant verse…

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Book People: Kirli Saunders

By Megan Daley | Jul 4, 2018
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‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ is Kirli Saunders debut children’s book and you can read my full review of of this exceptional book here. I came across Kirli Saunders on the website of a…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2018
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This is Part Two of the story behind the story of ‘Monsters’. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how…

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The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

By Megan Daley | May 24, 2018
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This week I was so fortunate to host Jacqueline Harvey at school and, as on previous visits, she captivated students and staff alike with her enthusiasm, wit and wisdom. If you ever…

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Book People: Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is…

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Book People: Nova Weetman

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2018
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My first ‘Book People’ for 2018 is someone I have long wanted to chat with, Nova Weetman. Though she has been writing for literary magazines and television for many years now,  Weetman…

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Book people: Belinda Murrell

By Megan Daley | Jul 5, 2017
Jacqueline Harvey meets Belinda Murrell to talk about Pippa's Island

For this week’s Book People post, we asked the fabulous Jacqueline Harvey to catch up with Belinda Murrell about her new series Pippa’s Island. Fortunately for us, they agreed! Take it away…

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Book people: Oliver Phommavanh

By Megan Daley | Jun 28, 2017
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Belinda Murrell interviews Oliver Phommavanh

We hope you are enjoying our series of Book People posts for CBD! This week, bestselling author Belinda Murrell is back with another terrific interview with hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh. You…

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Book People: Deborah Abela

By Megan Daley | Jun 21, 2017
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10 things you need to know about Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela is one of the most popular authors in Australian children’s literature – and you only need to read one of her books or see one of her school presentations to know…

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Begin, End, Begin: (The Making of) A #LoveOzYA Anthology

By Megan Daley | Jun 14, 2017
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An oral history of Begin End Begin: A #LoveOZYA anthology

This week, TMB is excited to be highlighting a shiny new YA release. Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA anthology showcases some of the brightest stars on the Australian YA scene, and makes the…

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The story behind the book: Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’

By Megan Daley | May 19, 2017
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The story behind A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

*Please see the end of this article for a special message Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’ is having a well-deserved most magical run in 2017. Not only has A Most Magical…

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Book People: J.C. Burke

By Megan Daley | Feb 22, 2017
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Click on title links or cover images to read more about each book and purchase.  #loveOzYA Like when I read Claire Zorn’s ‘One Would Think the Deep’, ‘The Things we Promise’ took…

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Book People: Judith Ridge

By Megan Daley | Nov 27, 2016
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‘The Book that Made Me’ has been my constant breakfast companion for some months now. I like nothing more than taking ten minutes to read over breakfast and it’s always a non-fiction…

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Book People: Anna Branford

By Megan Daley | Oct 24, 2016
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It is extremely hard to not completely fall in love with the work of Anna Branford – it is whimsical and warm and full of beauty and light. Her newly re-packaged ‘Violet…

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Book People: Richard Roxburgh

By Megan Daley | Oct 20, 2016
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I am going to attempt to remain professional throughout this post, but I must just say that my love of Richard Roxburgh runs deep. I rarely become enamoured with actors, all my…

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Book People: Vale Narelle Oliver

By Megan Daley | Oct 5, 2016
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Beautiful Narelle… You will be so missed by your family, so missed. I know only too well the grief cycle and you, my mum and I have discussed grief at length on…

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Book People: Benjamin Law

By Megan Daley | Sep 24, 2016
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Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, who has PhD in creative writing and cultural studies. That’s the official spiel from his website but I’m pretty sure that my intro is better;…

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Book People: Lance Balchin

By Megan Daley | Sep 1, 2016
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So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. ‘Mechanica’ has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I…

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