Category Archives: News

The Fighting Stingrays wins NSW Premier’s History Award

Huge news! The Fighting Stingrays has just won the Young People’s History Prize in the NSW Premier’s History Awards. It was a very strong shortlist this year, so I’m pretty damn chuffed that my humble historical adventure took out the prize. Big thanks to the State Library of NSW for administering these awards and the […]

A Notable announcement

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced their lists of notable books from 2017 today, and I was delighted to see The Fighting Stingrays on their list for younger readers. I’m really proud of this book so it’s fantastic to have it recognised by the good folk at the CBCA. If you haven’t got […]

The Fighting Stingrays have landed

My latest book, The Fighting Stingrays, has just hit the shelves. Here’s everything you need to know about the hottest historical kid-lit around! What’s it about? War, friendship, loyalty, pearl-diving. All set against the backdrop of the Torres Strait in 1941. The book touches on themes of racism/discrimination, mandatory detention and the moral ambiguities of […]

Cover reveal: The Fighting Stingrays

Cover reveal: The Fighting Stingrays Exciting news! The cover art for my next book, The Fighting Stingrays, has just been finalised. Just take a look at this beauty: I really love this cover. It reminds me of the old boys annuals, as well as the Famous Five cover designs that were around when I was […]

New book news

I’m delighted to announce that my NEXT BOOK will be published by Penguin Random House in August 2017. It’s a middle-grade historical adventure novel called The Fighting Stingrays. Set on Thursday Island in 1941, it follows the exploits of three friends – Charlie, Alf and Masa – as the threat of war looms over northern Australia. There’s […]

Los Misterios de Mr Olfato Fino – Sniffy goes Spanish!

Sniffy the Mouse Detective speaks Spanish in the charming board book Los Misterios de Mr Olfato Fino – ¿A qué huele? Now I just need to find a Spanish speaker to read it to me!

Cover reveal: The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch

Hooray – it’s new book time! My new picture book is entitled The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch. It’s the first story starring Sniffy the Mouse, a rodent detective who thinks of himself as Sherlock Holmes, but is really closer to Inspector Clouseau. The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch will be out in September. In the meantime, how cool does this […]

Do you Dare attend this book launch?

Good news, Melbourne! Do you Dare? – Penguin’s awesome new series of historical fiction for children – will be launched on Sunday February 23 at the Readings bookshop in Hawthorn. And the even better news is that you are invited to come and join the fun. The first two books of Do You Dare? are Tough […]

Cover reveal: Tough Times

My next book for children, Tough Times, will be going to the printers very soon. Which means I can now reveal what the cover of this action-packed historical adventure will look like. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks pretty damn great. Tough Times is one of the first books in Do You Dare?, Penguin’s new […]

Cover art for The Great Stinkathlon

Marty’s latest adventure is about to hit the presses, so it’s time for a sneak preview of the front cover! Gus Gordon has provided the hilarious illustrations once again, and the team at Penguin has done a beautiful job on the final design. The Great Stinkathlon will be published as an Aussie Bite in late […]

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