#InterviewByBook with Michelle Morgan

Title: Flying through Clouds Author: Michelle Morgan Illustrator: n/a Publisher: Michelle Morgan Genre: YA Fiction Age Group: 12+ Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is a young adult novel with a compelling blend of humour and drama. Set mostly in Sydney in the 1930s, the story revolves around Joe Riley, a teenage boy who wants to become an aviator. But Joe has many obstacles to overcome if he wants to achieve his dream. He has a plan and won’t ...
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#InterviewByBook with Kaye Baillie

Title: Archie Appleby: The Terrible Case of the Creeps Author: Kaye Baillie​ Illustrator: Krista Brennan Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Fiction, humor, mystery. Age Group: 6+ Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Archie Appleby is a regular boy who finds himself in a weird situation. When his parents go out of town, Archie is left for two nights with his Great Aunt Ruth whose scary old house happens to be on the way. Archie is highly imaginative and is often accused of exag...
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Review: A New Series Perfect for Fans of Horrible Histories

How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle, Nick Falk (author), Tony Flowers (illus.), Random House, 2016 Brief Synopsis: Join three friends as they use their imagination, settle playground scores and alter the entire course of history in the process! Author Nick Falk and illustrator Tony Flowers have created a number of books together in the past, including the popular Samurai vs. Ninja series. Like those books, How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle is loads of fun and a guaranteed p...
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Introducing Pippa Dowling

We are delighted to introduce thirteen-year-old, first-time author to Just Write For Kids; Pippa Dowling. Her debut picture book, Just Like Molly, is a sensitive yet powerful story of adapting to change in the face of loneliness, and having the confidence to make friends, particularly in a new environment. Pippa has written this book with heart and soul, blended with a touch of heartbreak and splash of playfulness. Scene-appropriate muted, and vivid watercolour illustrations by Sunshine reflect ...
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Review – Zombie Inspiration by Adam Wallace

There are some books that really stick in your mind long after you've read them. They grip your heart and delve deep to the core. They lift you up and make you realise that those inner most desires are attainable, no matter what challenges are in your way. Just believe in yourself. Here is a book that aims to inspire, empower and encourage a kind of greatness that comes from within. Once you get past the gore, guts, violence and terror (which young readers seem to love), you'll find a humorou...
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Inspiring Global Citizens – the significance of multicultural literature

Guest Post By Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Writer of the fascinating Charlie's Adventure series, Jacqueline is here today to share her insights into the importance of multicultural literature. Thank you, Jacqueline! 😊 --------------------------------------- The art of storytelling is found in every cul...
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Robert Vescio -Soaring Part 2

In part 1 of this interview with Robert Vescio we looked at his soaring success in the picture book market in Australia. Today we continue to find out the events and experiences that helped shape him and his writing. Robert, can you tell use how you developed your writing to get it to a publishable state? Did you belong to any critique groups, attend courses and association events, enter competitions? If so, how did/do they help? I’ve always submitted my stories to manuscript assessment ...
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Cultivating Greenleaf Press – Interview with Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison is the dynamic force behind this wonderful new initiative in providing critical support to creators and small businesses. The award-winning author and presenter kindly shares with us the logistics of her blossoming resource, Greenleaf Press. Thanks, Aleesah! Congratulations on your newest venture with Greenleaf Press! What is your vision for this service and how did it come about? I have quite a large vision for Greenleaf. At the moment, I’m developing and growing the bu...
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So- how did you go?

At the beginning of last year I posted this matrix of things to do spread throughout the year. I think it’s a good strategy for everyone to review their goals from time to time, and when better than at the beginning of the year? So, how did you go with these goals and what were the results for your efforts? Here’s how I went: Subscribe: I discovered Jen Storer’s vlog Q&Q Fridays – invaluable information delivered her in her warm, fun, quirky way. Just a delight! Join:  I join...
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#InterviewByBook with Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Title: Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii Author: Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern​ Illustrator: Sophie Norsa Publisher: Little Steps Publishing Genre: Children’s picture book, Adventure, Travel Age Group: 3 to 6 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. ‘Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii’ is the first book in the ‘Charlie’s Adventures...’ series. Charlie is off on his first adventure with his family to Hawaii! His friend, Kai and his dad, Amoka, take Charlie on a discovery of cl...
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