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What makes a friend special?
Join Koala and a delightful menagerie of Ausralian creatures to celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days.
Playing the clown to turn frowns into smiles…caring and sharing…sticking around in sunshine and storms.
Life wouldn’t be the same without Friends.
Ben Bumblefoot (Illustrated by Steeven Labeau
Available here in paperback and ebook formats
Ben has been called Bumblefoot for as long as he can remember. It’s not a name he plans to keep. His dearest wish is to become one of the brave knight protectors of Castle Crag, which stands high on a cliff in the land of Faraway. When Princess Moonglow is diagnosed with the contagious fox splots as the royal party is about to set out for the Tenth All-Kingdom Games, Ben spots his chance to prove himself. Can he save the kingdom and his best friend, or will it be just another bumblefoot disaster?
This laugh-out-loud funny novel is filled with hilarious antics and good -natured cheer. Kids will love Ben and his clumsy attempts at saving the kingdom and his best friend.
ISBN 9781623957469 Xist Publishing
Amy wants to enter a pet in the school pet competition. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t have one. Amy’s parents can’t afford a puppy or any other pet and she’s running out of time to enter. When a strange neighbour gives her a pet rock, even stranger things happen. A ‘monsterously’ fun chapter book. Available in paperback and ebook formats here.
ISBN 9780987505453 Wild Eyed Press
A lively rhyming tale about a kangaroo called Blue and her little friend Pedro who travel around Australia looking for a place to call home. Their exciting Aussie adventure sees them snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sing at the Opera House, dance a crocodile rock, surf in Perth and more. Visit Wild Eyed Press for details of where to buy this colourful picture book.
ISBN: 9781623955885 Xist Publishing
When Jenna’s Nanna Horgan wins Lotto, not everyone agrees with how she plans to spend the money. A couple of teenage crooks think building a special home for cats would be a waste of Nanna’s millions so they decide to nab her beloved cat Oscar and hold him for ransom. Catnapped is a beginning chapter book for animal lovers. It is available from http://xistpublishing.com and http://amzn.to/ZtpxVQ
Dead people can’t make phone calls – or can they? A spooky story for ages 11-13.
“Hi Jodie, it’s Mum. I just called to let you know I’m coming to see you. Missing you heaps. Can’t wait to be together again.”
The simple phone message has Jodie spooked. She’d give anything to see her mother again but that’s impossible. Dead people only return for visits from beyond the grave in books and movies. They can’t pick up a phone and call the living to have a chat. Someone must be playing a sick joke. But when the phone calls stop, the other weird communications start and Jodie has to find out the truth. Are the messages from her mum? Should she expect a ghostly visitor?
Available in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com
It’s 1817 and Rosie has lived all her life in Parramatta. Pa came to the colony in New South Wales as a free settler and is a successful trader, importing goods from foreign lands. Ma is an ex-convict who stitches fine gowns for the ladies of the colony. Now Pa’s brother is on his way from England with his family to join them. Rosie can hardly contain her excitement. She and Cousin Amelia will surely become the best of friends, sharing secrets and adventures.
When Pa decides to take Rosie along with him and the new arrivals to help set up their farm in the bush a day’s journey from town, she can’t believe her luck. It will be such fun…and it is, but there is also danger. A raging bushfire threatens to destroy the farm and everyone in it. How will they survive? Will Rosie ever return home to Ma, the little kids and Patch the puppy?
Available in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com
Nan says God hears. How can he if he has no ears, and without a tongue how can he speak to anyone? A child asks and a mother answers in this rhyming picture book which introduces young children to the idea of a higher being that does not live in a house with roof, walls and locking doors. “For God’s house is the world we share and God is in it everywhere.”
Mad Dad for Sale – a quirky novel for 8-12 years
ISBN 978-1-921369-27-9 Horizon Publishing Group
What can a kid do about a dad who’s always getting mad? Luke puts a For Sale ad in the local paper and a mysterious buyer whisks cranky Dad away in a van. He thinks his troubles are over. Instead, they’ve just begun. To get Dad back, Luke must outwit a terrible foe to save himself, his family and his friends.
Buy the e-book here
Jimbo! Don’t Go! – a stranger danger tale (Illustrated by Veronica Rooke)
ISBN 978 0 646 49537 8
A young elephant is on his way home from school alone when a tiger stops and offers him a lift. Will Jimbo remember his mother’s warnings – or go with Tim? The ‘stranger danger’ message presented in a lively, entertaining, non-threatening way for young children.
Buy the paperback here.
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Getting Rid of Wrinkles (Illustrated by Craig Smith)
ISBN 1-74164-052-0 Blake Education
Tessa’s Great Grandma Em has more wrinkles than a rhinoceros after rain. She hasn’t seen her best friend Amelia, who was the town beauty, for 50 years. Now Amelia is coming to visit and Great Gran has just ten days to get rid of her wrinkles. Tessa thinks she can help…
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Two of my earliest publications for children are now out of print. I continue to use them in my presentations to children because they beautifully illustrate the way writers can draw ideas from their own life experiences or imagination. The books are still in some libraries and copies can occasionally be bought on Ebay.