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  • Reprint: Journey From the Centre of the Earth

    This wonderful children’s book was written by Isobelle and illustrated by Marc McBride. This latest edition has been bought by Hachette publisher under their Children’s Books section. The short of this story: “Two friends tell each other a story Have you heard about the duck at the centre of the earth? Left there by a human expedition, the duck must make his own way to the surface. All it wants...

  • Guest Residence for March

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      Insideadog is a website  which encourages young people to read and write, run by the State Library of Victoria. They feature month long residences of Australian children’s writers.  Isobelle is their author in residence for March. Many of us know her from stories in the newspapers, radio and print interviews and talks, but the insideablog gives you a closer look at her life and the blogs are full of...

  • Book of the Year 2011 Winner

    April 2011, The Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlist announced.  The Red Wind has been shortlisted in the Younger Readers category. August 19th 2011, The Red Wind is the winner of the Younger Readers category.

  • Bookwise: May 2011

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    So books- I have recently finished Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It is a really lovely and unexpected book. Major Ernest Pettigrew is content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, he finds himself seeking companionship with the widowed village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali.

  • Bookwise: April 2011

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    Right now I am reading: The Weight of the World by Peter Handke I am half way through this and it is brilliant and nauseating in equal measure. I love his writing and his ability to transform his sharp perceptions into words, but he is unbearably self-centred and neurotic and sexist, though maybe that it just part of his desire to live as a non conformist. This is a really...

  • Bookwise: September 2010

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    The last book I read was Guy Gavriel Kay’s Ysabel.  I LOVE the spelling!  The cover is lovely and very sophisticated, which is always a pleasure in a genre plagued by horrible lurid covers. The blurb gave me no hint that two of the characters hail from another story which I loved.  I have to say the book/s they appeared in originally have been among my all time favourites, and...