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I was born in New Zealand in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1978.
I wrote for fun for many years, especially while I was traveling overseas, and have probably written thousands of letters to family and friends (but never kept a diary â€“ at least, not for any length of time).
Today my time is divided between teaching and writing, but much as I enjoy teaching, I do hope to eventually write almost full-time (I canâ€™t imagine giving up teaching altogether!). I also speak at conferences, teach one-off workshops, visit schools (when I have time) and participate in events such as the MS Readathon and childrenâ€™s book events.
She hasn't seen her brother in years. Now, he's dead. When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it's connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife - now missing - a child and led a respectable life. But if he had turned his life around, why was he killed in a drug deal shooting? And where is his wife? Desperate to know what really happened, Judi sets out to uncover the truth, even though it means confronting her own traumatic past. But she's not the only one looking for answers... With a gutsy, unapologetic protagonist, Trust Me, I'm Dead is a gritty and bold crime thriller that explores the sacrifices people will make for their families.
Great for age range 5-7Little boys and girls who have just learned to read will absolutely adore The Littlest Pirate for itâ€™s a story with a huge amount of fun and adventure broken down into short chapters and some terrific illustrations. Watch out though, your child may want to become a pirate!!
Independent, adventurous and courageous, Rose is an unforgettable Australian Girl. It's 1900 ... and Rose lives with her family in a big house in Melbourne. She wants to play cricket and have adventures but Rose's conservative mother won't let her. Then young Aunt Alice, a feisty suffragette, moves in with them and everything changes, not only for Rose, but for the whole country.
When cricket season is over, there's only one thing to do . . . play soccer!Soccer season is here and Ellyse is desperate to pull on her boots and start dribbling and defending. Unlike club cricket where she is the only girl on the team, her best friends Charlie and Jazz also play soccer and it's so much fun! But on the day of their first training session, the girls tell Ellyse they don't want to play soccer this year - there are too many other things to do now they're in Year Seven. Ellyse is disappointed but has an idea to try to get a girls team together at school! However, things don't go to plan at school or at training: Ellyse is targeted by one of her own Hawks teammates and this scares off the girls from joining the school team.Will Ellyse find a way to deal with the bully and convince her schoolmates to join in the soccer action?
Do You Dare...Leave school to support your family?Save your big brother?Stand up to the local crims?It's an adventure in history.Do You Dare?
Rocky finds an orphan wolf cub all alone in the forest, but trying to keep it a secret at home gives him all sorts of problems! Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 6-7 (Year 2) Book band: Lime A Phonics phase: 6
Rocky's dad refuses to let Alf the wolf cub stay now that he's getting too big to hide, prompting Rocky to run away with his friend Stubb and Alf. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 6-7 (Year 2) Book band: Lime B Phonics phase: 6
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