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Glenda Millard - Author

About the Author

Glenda Millard is an award-winning Australian author of twelve picture books, seven fiction titles for younger readers and three young adult novels. Australian, she left school at 15 and went straight out to work, unable to fulfil her writing dreams. At the age of 45 she found herself out of a job and her children grown up. She began to write and hasn't stopped since, winning many awards in Australia for her picture books and fiction. With her appearance on the Carnegie shortlist this year, her writing is finally getting the recognition it deserves in the UK.

All titles in the Kingdom of Silk series have won or been shortlisted for every major book prize in Australia:  the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, NSW Premier's Literary Awards and WA Premier's Literary Awards.

Glenda's novel, The Stars at Oktober Bend has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.

Featured books by Glenda Millard

Other books by Glenda Millard

Pea Pod Lullaby

Pea Pod Lullaby

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

'i am the small green pea, you are the tender pod, hold me...' Glenda Millard's beautiful lullaby words sing over the stunning illustration as we watch a mother and baby, a boy and a dog run for their lives. A polar bear, too has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? In all the wide world we each need a safe place to call home.

Pea Pod Lullaby

Pea Pod Lullaby

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2017

We are all in this world together - I, you, we. A glorious, heartfelt picture book about being there for one another from award-winning creators Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King. 'I am the small green pea, you are the tender pod, hold me...' A mother and baby, a boy and a dog run for their lives. A polar bear, too, has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? In all the wide world we each need a safe place to call home. Words sing over the pictures in this evocative story: a beautiful lullaby about what we can be for each other.

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Book 6 of the Kingdom of Silk series. The books explore important themes of love, loss, friendships, home and belonging, in ways that pull at the heartstrings but are never over-sentimental. Honey for the soul. Everyone knows that Saffron Silk has a talent for pretending to be someone else but when the firebirds rage inside her head, and it hurts even to breathe, Saffron barely has the energy to be herself.Saffron's family don't know about the firebirds that come to warn her of terrible headaches. And Saffron doesn't know how to tell them. But her brother Perry Angel has learnt to read hearts and recognise tender moments, and Perry knows that Saffron is frightened.Frightened of what might be wrong with her and afraid that she might have to leave the Kingdom of Silk forever...In Glenda Millard's beautifully written and multi-award-winning Kingdom of Silk series, we meet the uncommon Silk family. Parents Ben and Annie Silk have a brood of five daughters ('the Rainbow Girls'), a son named Griffin, Griffin's best friend Layla who 'might as well be a Silk', Nell - the 'tiny bit magic' fairy grandmother, and Perry Angel - an adopted son who joins the Silk family. REVIEWS: Every action, every sentiment, every character amongst the pages of this book is a manifesto for family, for joy, for being kind, for never failing to show someone you love them, and for never ever failing to recognise the tiny tender moments that make one's life complete.Those tiny tender moments, they are those that make the soul tipsy with ordinary happiness . This is why I love this series so much; it reminds us that true happiness is found in the simplest things. -- LIBRARY MICE. Millard weaves difficult issues in a non-threatening way, but her language is so lyrical and poetic (but without lashings of sentimentality) you cannot helped but be moved. -- SHARON F JONES BLOG. Like with many other books I review I ended up reading book first, then the previous 4/5 books, then I reread this one. I'm glad I was able to read the others (thanks to the lovely publicist), because my initial thoughts were that Saffron's father was a bit of a lunatic, her family was a bit too wacky, and I didn't entirely understand the various relationships. The first time round I fully related to Saffron's fear of what was wrong with her, just because it is so scary having your body do things which you've no control over & don't understand. The care and support of her friends and family made me cry (I cry when I'm happy, sad, & overwhelmed), especially that of Perry whose personal sacrifice I fully understood when I read the stories where he first appears. This entire series is such a sweet read, covering emotionally complex issues in a way that makes sense. I want a grandmother like Nell! She is heaps of fun, sees the positive in everything, and knows that not everyone can learn the same way, which is why Perry ends up being homeschooled 2 days a week and attending school for the rest. It is never openly said (as far as I can remember) but it's obvious that Perry has some form of Autism or Aspergers, and the way his adopted brother and sisters view him is touching. I loved how Layla brightens everyone's life after their dear sister Tishkin passes away. I admire Saffron's parents for sticking with their way of life and not minding what other people think, for picking meaningful names, for being able to follow their dreams. Liking handicrafts made me like Saffron's dad being a wood carver and a baker - the naming books sounds exquisite! This is a series I'll reread because they are touching, and the illustrations heighten the meaning behind the story. A family focused read with lots of grandmother magic! -- NAYU'S READING CORNER. Glenda Millard's Kingdom of Silk books have won many awards in her native Australia, and no wonder: there are very few books, for children or adults, which describe love so clearly or so lyrically. There are seven books in the series, The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk is number six, and it is definitely worth reading them all, and in order, to really get to know the Silks. They are an uncommon lot: the rest of the world might see them as eccentric, even weird, that doesn't bother them at all. Parents Ben and Annie have five daughters ('the Rainbow Girls'), a son named Griffin and an adopted son, Perry Angel, who joins the family midway through the series. Nell is 'the tiny bit magic' grandmother, and Layla, Griffin's best friend, understands them so well she 'might as well be a Silk'. They live on a beautiful plot of land in the Australian countryside, and Millard evokes the sense of place beautifully. Each book describes a different event in their lives, but the emphasis is always on themes of love, friendship and belonging. In The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk, Saffron, the youngest and most dreamy of the Rainbow Girls isn't well. She has terrible headaches, accompanied by blinding lights she thinks of as firebirds. The Silks have already lost one daughter, baby Tishkin, and everyone is scared for Saffron. Little Perry is the one to realise just how frightened Saffron herself is though, and to work out what special help she needs. Everything ends well, and a small Silk miracle takes place at the hospital. Millard has a light touch and avoids sentimentality, this is another beautiful and affecting read. -- LOVEREADING.

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/09/2014

The fifth book in the Kingdom of Silk series. Ages 9+ It's almost Christmas in Cameron's Creek and it's a time for wishes, big and small. But Scarlet, the oldest of the Rainbow Girls, is not so sure if wishes can come true. The kitchen at the Kingdom of Silk is warm and sweet with the smell of buttery shortbread and steamed plum puddings. And in the kitchen of the Colour Patch Cafe, Scarlet has made a new friend, Anik. When Anik tells Scarlet about his home far away and of all the things he has lost, Scarlet is determined to make a difference. And so she decides to declare peace on Cameron's Creek, and maybe even the world ...In Glenda Millard's beautifully written and multi-award-winning Kingdom of Silk series, we meet the uncommon Silk family. Parents Ben and Annie Silk have a brood of five daughters ('the Rainbow Girls'), a son named Griffin, Griffin's best friend Layla who 'might as well be a Silk' and Nell - the 'tiny bit magic' fairy grandmother. Through these whimsical, lyrical stories, Glenda Millard writes about families like no other writer writes about families. The books explore important themes of love, loss, friendships, home and belonging, in ways that pull at the heartstrings but are never over-sentimental. Honey for the soul. REVIEWS: These thought-provoking books transport the reader to a world of friendship and caring; of wanting to make a difference and believing you can. Scarlet Silk, the eldest of the Rainbow Girls, has made a new friend, Anik. When Anik tells Scarlet about the war in his home far away and of all the things he has lost, Scarlet is determined to make a difference. She decides to declare peace on Cameron's Creek, and maybe even the world. Thoughtful and compelling, another excellent book in the series. -- PARENTS IN TOUCH. This is a book about making new friends, finding out if wishes can come true, and discovering that even a small change is still a step in the right direction. 'Kingdom of Silk' is a wonderful series for young readers who are just discovering the joys of independent reading. It has the power to transport the reader to a land of whimsy and to connect with them on a deeper level. Plum Puddings and Paper Moons will be read and loved by readers who have followed the series from the beginning, and those who have only just discovered it. -- BOOKSELLER +PUBLISHER. What a gem! A Christmas story beyond compare ...Highly recommended. -- MAGPIES. This book about wishes is a wish in itself - a wish for a peaceful world where individuals can make a difference. -- THE AGE.

All the Colours of Paradise

All the Colours of Paradise

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2014

The fourth book in the Kingdom of Silk series. Since his arrival at the Kingdom of Silk, Perry Angel has learned a lot about love. Apart from dressing up as Superman, Perry's favourite thing in the entire universe is drawing. But then something happens, and his friends are worried that he might never draw again. Mr Kadri from the Colour Patch Cafe understands that sometimes there are no words to describe our feelings. So when he announces a new category at the annual art exhibition, he gives Perry all the colours of Paradise, just in case he needs them. - REVIEWS - If you haven't heard of the Kingdom of Silk books then it's high time you discovered them, as the series is going from strength to strength. Author Glenda Miller's latest instalment All The Colours of Paradise focuses on the story of Perry Angel, who is still finding his feet the world with the help of the Silk family.Addressing themes of love, understanding and family, it's an insightful and affecting read for older children, while avoiding heavy-handed sentimentality or cliche.Peppered with gorgeous little illustrations by Stephen Michael King, fans of the Kingdom of Silk will not be disappointed by the fourth in the series. Although it may feel like a rather long wait until the fifth book hits bookshelves in September -- Alison Potter, JUNIOR MAGAZINE. Most of the story is seen through Perry's eyes, as he adjusts to his new life and surroundings and this gives the text a moving undertone of innocence. Witnessing Perry's gradual realization that his new family and friends deeply care about him is poignant to say the least. As he struggles to make sense of his feelings, his musing, such as Love is like chocolate, melting in the quiet dark inside of you , have the power to choke up even the most hardened adult reader. But while the writing is always deeply emotional, it is never becomes sentimental. The Silks epitomize the goodness of people, the importance of family, of celebrating difference, but the story is never sappy. Sad and joyous, yes. Full of yearning, love for those lost, yes. But never over-sentimental.Issues of bullying, fitting in, learning difficulties and even teenage pregnancy are dealt with with a lightness of touch which is all the more effective. Millard's deceptively simple style is like honey to one's soul. Rarely has a series of books had such an effect on me. Never have I felt such yearning to be part of a fictional family. Never have I cried both of sorrow and elation as much as I have with every single book in this series. It really is a magnificent series -- Melanie McGilloway, LIBRARY MICE. Told with real empathy and a deep understanding of family relationships and our inbuilt need for friendship, this is a gentle and charming story -- PARENTS IN TOUCH

Duck and the Darklings

Duck and the Darklings

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2014

In the sorry land of Dark, Peterboy searches for something wonderful to make the light shine again in his Grandpapa's eyes. Instead he finds a wounded duck, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing. In return she cosies his toes. But ducks live for the feel of wind in their wings, and the day comes when Peterboy must make a fine and fitting fare-thee-well for Idaduck. The children wear their candle-hats to light her way. Grandpapa plays oompapas on his curly brass tootle, and the Darklings' farewell goes all night, until the sun rises on the most wonderful day.

Perry Angel's Suitcase

Perry Angel's Suitcase

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The third book in the Kingdom of Silk series. It has taken Perry Angel almost seven years to find the place where he belongsHe arrives in the Kingdom of Silk one day on the ten-thirty express, carrying only a small and shabby suitcase embossed with five golden letters. What do those letters mean? And why won't Perry let go of his case? This is a gentle and moving story about being a foster child and finding your place in the world - and there could be no better place for Perry Angel than with Griffin Silk, his family and his best friend, Layla. In Glenda Millard's beautifully written and multi-award-winning Kingdom of Silk series, we meet the uncommon Silk family. Parents Ben and Annie Silk have a brood of five daughters ('the Rainbow Girls'), a son named Griffin, Griffin's best friend Layla who 'might as well be a Silk', Nell - the 'tiny bit magic' fairy grandmother, and Perry Angel - an adopted son who joins the Silk family midway through the series. Through these whimsical, lyrical stories, Glenda Millard writes about families like no other writer writes about families. The books explore important themes of love, loss, friendships, home and belonging, in ways that pull at the heartstrings but are never over-sentimental. Honey for the soul. AWARDS: *WINNER - BOOK OF THE YEAR - Children's Book Council of Australia REVIEWS: A thoughtful story told through the eyes of each of the main protagonists, which shows us that we all have our own place in the world; it is delicately illustrated with dreamy drawings that refelct the underlying theme. -- PARENTS IN TOUCH. Poignant and lovely. Millard has that rare gift of making you feel in a few pages that you've known these characters, and this place, always. -- INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS. Following on from the success of The Naming of Tishkin Silk and Layla Queen of Hearts, Millard's next book wraps up the same winning blend of love and adventure in a rich and enthralling package. A wonderfully imagined series. -- LANCASHIRE EVENING POST. I had a big lump in my throat on getting to the end of this beautifully crafted story...Glenda Millard has a genius for letting the plot unfold so that the reader gradually comes to an interpretation of what is going on and an understanding of the characters and their motives. -- THE CENTRE FOR LITERACY IN PRIMARY EDUCATION.

Layla Queen of Hearts

Layla Queen of Hearts

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/05/2013

Book two in the award-winning Kingdom of Silk series. A friend like Layla comes along once in a lifetime. Griffin's Daddy used to say that Layla had been sent to comfort them after Tishkin went away, 'like an arm about their shoulders, a candle in the dark or like golden syrup dumplings for the soul'. When Senior Citizens' Day is announced at school, Layla wishes for someone special to take. It is then that the intriguing Miss Amelie comes into their lives. Through their new friendship, Layla and Griffin learn the importance of memories, generosity of spirit, and the small miracles that warm the heart. REVIEWS: Poignant and lovely. Millard has that rare gift of making you feel in a few pages that you've known these characters, and this place, always. -- INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS). A beautiful and touching story about an unusual friendship...A delicate and thoughtful read. -- PARENTS IN TOUCH. Beautiful, dream-like and atmospheric drawings from illustrator Stephen Michael King complement Millard's unforgettable and ethereal story which is ideal to read aloud to younger children and guaranteed to delight all generations of the family. -- LANCASHIRE EVENING POST.

The Naming of Tishkin Silk

The Naming of Tishkin Silk

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2003