If you missed me in Malvern a couple of weeks ago and would still like to get a signed Billie book for someone's stocking this Christmas, I will be at Fairfield Books this Saturday 26th November signing books from 11am - 12pm.
Some good news for yet-to-be-published writers of YA Fiction. Hardie Grant Egmont are beginning a new YA fiction collection called Ampersand that will be devoted to novels by debut writers. The main rules are that the writers mustn’t have published a novel before, and the story must be set in real life. Submissions are open now until the end of the summer, so get cracking. Details are available at http://bit.ly/Ampers. Good luck!
How often is it that you can pick up the paper and read some good news? Well, the answer to that question is: every Monday. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a city where we have access to something as marvellous as The Zone. In my opinion, The Zone is the most innovative and positive newspaper reporting in print publication today. Where else can you regularly read about good people doing good things without fanfare or political agenda in our very own city? The Zone makes me feel proud to be a Melburnian.
Take today's interview with Kane Bowden, CEO of The Lighthouse Foundation, which offers 'shelter, food, counselling, health support and most of all, love' to young homeless people. 'He cites an abused young woman who stayed for six months, stabilised, got into university, completed her studies, landed a job in the city and then became an academic who is now teaching at a university. ''She hadn't been hugged or cuddled in her entire life. She got her first hug in the first couple of weeks from her carer.'''
I don't know whether this makes me want to laugh or cry. I do know that this makes me incredibly grateful that these kind, quiet acts of generosity aren't going unnoticed, thanks to Michael Short's empathetic, intelligent and perceptive pieces. Mondays have now become something to look forward to.
Scroll over the book covers to direct you to the publisher's website.
Book 1 in the Our Australian Girl series, Feb 2013
Shortlisted for the 2012 NSW Premier's Awards. CBCA Younger Readers Notable book, 2012.
Angel Creek - UK edition
Published by Egmont UK
Billie B Brown series
"The Secret Message" was selected for the 2011 'Get Reading!' campaign. "The Big Book of Billie" was shortlisted the 2012, Australian Book Industry Awards. "The Little Lie" is shortlisted for the 2012 Speech Pathology Awards. "The Big Sister" is shortlisted for the 2012 YABBA awards and winner of the Family Therapist's Award for children's books.
Hey Jack! series
Billie B Brown's best friend Jack finally gets to tell his side of the story
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac - Feb 2010
A picture book for primary school aged children, written by Gabrielle Wang. CBCA Notable book, 2011. Shortlisted for the 2011 YABBA awards.
Mannie and the Long Brave Day - Oct 2009
A picture book for 3- 6 year olds, written by Martine Murray. Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Awards and the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Chenxi and the Foreigner - March 2008
For 15 years upwards - CBCA Notable award
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Annick Press March 2009
American & Canadian edition
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Mijade Sept 2010
French language edition
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Random House Germany - April 2011