Books by me







Prizes! Yippee!!



10 Rules for Detectives

CBC Australia Notable Book 2009


In the Monkey Forest

Sakura Medal (International Schools, Japan) ,Shortlisted, Middle School Award  2007

NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia  Wrightson  Prize 2006

Qld Premiers Literary Awards (Shortlisted) 2006

Night Singing

NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize 2004

CBC Australia Notable Book 2003


Hannah's Winter

USBBY Outstanding International Booklist 2010

VOYA Top Shelf 2009

NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Shortlisted) 2002

CBC Australia Notable Book 2001





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Children are quirky, surprising and funny, which is why I like writing about them and also why I like teaching them. Children don't have jobs or mortgages or lots of meetings to attend, so a child character is free to rollerblade through a windy afternoon wearing a raspberry-coloured ballet skirt, get splashed with chocolate sauce from flying donuts, discover a silver-haired kolobockle hiding in a backpack or set up a detective agency to hunt down a bushranger's hidden treasure.

I was born in Brisbane in Australia and still live there. As a child I wrote murder mysteries and performed ballets on the beach, dancing all the roles myself. And I really did set up a detective agency with my two best primary school friends. (We quit detecting at the end of Year 4, and now we just meet for dinner.)

I went to university where I ate cheesecake, drank coffee and somehow managed to graduate with an Arts degree in Japanese and German. I teach Japanese, but I used to teach dance. I've written four books. I like walking, swimming and thinking about nothing. I have a large extended family but no pets. In my next life I am going to own a raspberry-coloured ballet skirt for real.