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Message to teachers: visit my 'For teachers' page to learn about my talks and workshops. Discover how you can match my novels to the English and/or History curriculum. You'll find a comprehensive description of themes, topics for discussion, class activities and associated articles of interest for all my books.
Ghost Boy Film
I'm delighted to report that my novel GHOST BOY is currently in the early stages of film development! Sydney producers Bianca Biasi and Rebekah Biasi from Morning Starr Productions have picked up the option from Random House and negotiations on all fronts are under way. There's also interest from 20th Century Fox for distribution. It's been a long-held dream of mine to see Ghost Boy come to the screen as it's a ripper story and its setting (the Quarantine Station at Sydney's North Head) is so atmospheric. It's a wonderful site, genuinely historic (it's the most intact quarantine station in Australia and possibly even the world) and it has a fascinating (and grisly) past. Ghost Boy explores part of that history: an outbreak of smallpox in 1881 during which time conditions were so bad that a Royal Commission was subsequently held and an extensive rebuilding programme commenced as a result. Moving between the present and the past, Ghost Boy taps into history and a family mystery, where Froggy has to confront his worst nightmares so that the 'ghost boy' can be set free. Ghost Boy is for readers at upper primary-lower secondary level.
A New Direction For The Janna Mysteries
My medieval crime/romance series, The Janna Mysteries, is temporarily out of print. Watch this space for news of a new version of this much-loved and highly-regarded series.
The Little Penguins of Manly
The Little Penguins of Manly is crammed full of facts (and beautiful photographs) about little penguins, and about the endangered little penguin colony of Manly in particular. This is the only little penguin colony on the mainland of Australia and you can read all about these cute little creatures on my book page. (Do you know that Shirley Maclaine has taken a copy of my book back to the USA with her? Let's hope it becomes a best seller over there too!). Download the Launch Poster
Award for A Ring Through Time
A Ring Through Time has won the 2013 Society of Women Writers biennial book award in the Junior Fiction/YA category.
Interview about my books and, in particular, A Ring Through Time, recorded with Pat Harding, Executive Producer of News and Current Affairs, Radio Great Southern, WA.
'A Ring Through Time' published by Harper Collins in March 2013. Teachers' notes available. 'Allie's growing love for Noah is doomed unless she can solve the mysteries of the past and lay the ghosts to rest.'
'Sage for Sanctuary' and 'Thyme for Trust', Books 5 & 6 of The Janna Mysteries that complete Janna's quest for justice (and love!) are now available for purchase as paperbacks and as e-books through amazon.com. FOR A TASTE OF THE STORY TO COME: Download the first chapter of 'Sage for Sanctuary!'
Watch the video book trailer for 'Thyme for Trust' below.
Apart from the last two Janna Mysteries, all of my novels listed below are also available from Random House Australia, but some are Print on Demand so please allow for a delay in delivery.
The Janna Mysteries are listed on the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge.
Sage for Sanctuary: "... this is another beautiful, intriguing story, and adds so much more to Janna's character, her choices and her life... I loved this book as much as I loved the previous four, and can't wait for the final instalment!" Seven Sacred Sites.
See more Customer Reviews of 'Sage for Sanctuary' on amazon.com.
Thyme for Trust: "A satisfying end to a much-loved series ...The very best of young adult reading, and very enjoyable for many an adult reader too!" Dr Crisetta Macleod.
See more Customer Reviews of 'Thyme for Trust' on amazon.com.
Ghost Boy and Turning the Page are on the NSW Premier's Reading List, 2010;
Ghost Boy is on the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge list
All of the books in The Shalott Trilogy are on the NSW Premier's Reading List, 2010 and also on the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge list.
A tour based on Ghost Boy is now available up at the Quarantine Station, Sydney, for schools studying the novel. For more information, please go to the Ghost Boy page or phone the Education Co-ordinator on (02) 9466 1500 to make a booking for the Ghost Boy tour, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings essential. For further information go to www.qstation.com.au NB Teachers notes on the tour are available to download from the Q-station site. See also 'For teachers', or visit www.randomhouse.com.au for teachers' notes on all of the above novels.