#InterviewByBook with Adele Jones

Title: Activate Author: Adele Jones Illustrator: N/A Publisher: Rhiza Press (YA/Adult imprint of Aussie children’s publisher Wombat Books) Genre: Techno-crime thriller Age Group: Young adult (13+) Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Activate is the final book in the Blaine Colton trilogy. The teenage hero, Blaine, is a survivor of a genetic disorder, thanks to some pretty cool gene therapy. Activate begins with Blaine living a secret life to protect him from enemies he...
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#InterviewByBook with Adam Wallace

Title: Zombie Inspiration Author: Adam Wallace Illustrator: James Hart Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press Genre: Zombie/Comedy/Personal Development Age Group: 9-13 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Well, this is a totally, absolutely, fully, nearly almost true story about me when I was at high school and the zombie apocalypse hit the world! It’s about my search for someone who inspires me, and that inspiration comes from the most unlikely source … the zombies themselves! ...
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#InterviewByBook with Kris Sheather

Title: The Green Goggles Author: Kris Sheather Illustrator: Kris Sheather Publisher: Ormiston Press Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 2-6 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Pete wakes up excited because it’s his birthday. He’s disappointed with his presents until he receives a pair of green goggles. Wearing the goggles ignites his imagination and his backyard is transformed. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The first theme is on emotional rea...
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#InterviewByBook with Elizabeth Mary Cummings

Title: Mrs.T and the Magic Pencil Author: Elizabeth Mary Cummings Illustrator: Johanna Roberts Publisher: Elizabeth Cummings Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4-7 What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The idea that someone can make a lasting impact on a child’s life is the core of this story. Themes such as self-esteem, caring, childhood memories also feature. How are these important to you in raising awareness to your readers? For readers of this story I hope t...
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#InterviewByBook with Mary Anastasiou

Title: I want to be a Rock Star Author: Mary Anastasiou Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Lil'Rebel Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5-10 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. 'I want to be a Rock Star' is a discovery of the many genres of music through imagination and play. Join Luke (and Ralphie) as they imagine their way through the magic of music. From country, rap and punk to disco, jazz and rock, you'll discover that all little Rock Stars' dreams begin wi...
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Bonding with Bill Condon and All of Us Together

Today’s guest is Australian author Bill Condon who is well-known for his prize-winning YA and junior novels. Bill’s books have CBCA short-listed four times and he was the inaugural winner of the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for Youth Literature. Bill’s latest book, a gentle and sometimes heart wrenching junior novel about a loving family struggling to make ends meet in the 1930s Great Depression, has just been released. It is All of Us Together, published by a new Australian imprint, About ...
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#InterviewByBook with Brydie Wright

Title: Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo Author: Brydie Wright Illustrator: In-house Illustrating team Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services Genre: children’s picture book Age Group: preschool and early primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It’s about a little boy who worships his daddy but can’t work out where he disappears to for hours on end. He makes it his mission to find out the answer to this great mystery and what his mummy thinks of it all. What kinds of t...
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How Fitzy Fox came to Amelia Trompf on a Bus

Primary teacher and language specialist, Amelia Trompf, is now the debut author of gorgeous picture book, Who is Fitzy Fox? (see my review). We are excited to be included on the Fitzy Fox blog tour as Amelia introduces us to the world of her curious four-legged friend. Thanks for sharing your experiences of creating your book with us, Amelia! 🐶 🐺 ________________________________________ Sitting in front of my Grade 1 class in my first year of teaching with a book in hand an...
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Karen Tyrrell Sings like a Song Bird Superhero

The Just Write For Kids team love the dedication and passion of resilience and bullying specialist, Karen Tyrrell, who is always so generous with sharing her inspirations, strategies and words of encouragement with the community. So, thank you Karen, for enlightening us with your motivations behind your latest release; a book packed full of positive messages for children - Song Bird Superhero.  Your books; Song Bird Superhero, Bailey Beats the Blah, STOP the Bully and the Jo-Kin serie...
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Connecting Friends Oceans Apart

Guest Post by Robert Vescio Connecting Friends Oceans Apart It is with great pleasure to welcome children's author Robert Vescio to share his inspiration for writing his latest, heartwarming book, Jack and Mia - a story on everlasting friendship and long-distance connections. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I wrote Jack and Mia to show how friendships (rich in imagination) can survive distance by finding creative ways to stay connected. Jac...
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