Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sofie Laguna on her Our Australian Girl, Grace

The first time I heard Grace’s voice in my head she described to me how frightened she was to stay too long in the Thames when the tide came in. Her accent was a gutsy cockney as she told me … Continue reading

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Adrian Stirling on ‘The Comet Box’

Adrian Stirling sat down with Off the Shelf to talk about his new book The Comet Box. The Secrets and Lies of Suburbia Time is Adrian Stirling’s biggest enemy. The secondary school teacher whose impressive first novel, Broken Glass, was … Continue reading

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New Books June 2011 – Secondary

Con-nerd by Oliver Phommavanh IT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR NERDS, ONE GIANT LEAP TO BEING COOL. Mama tells me I’m gifted and talented. But I know the truth. I’m just a nerd. Kids call me Con-nerd - half Connor and all … Continue reading

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New Books June 2011 – Primary

Con-nerd by Oliver Phommavanh IT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR NERDS, ONE GIANT LEAP TO BEING COOL. Mama tells me I’m gifted and talented. But I know the truth. I’m just a nerd. Kids call me Con-nerd - half Connor and all … Continue reading

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Bec Kavanagh – Choosing Books for Your Classroom or Library

Bec Kavanagh has worked in the book industry for almost a decade, during which time she founded A Thousand Words Festival, a festival celebrating children’s books. Bec is a freelance writer and reviewer and speaks as a curriculum specialist for … Continue reading

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Alison Lloyd introduces her Our Australian Girl, Letty

1841, the year in which Letty’s story happens, was also the year Australia’s first children’s book was published. A Mother’s Offering to Her Children wouldn’t make it into print now – it’s long on lessons from ‘Mrs Saville, engaged at … Continue reading

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NSW Professional Development Days

Penguin would like to invite you to attend one of two Professional Development Days in Sydney.  Covering a range of topics and books and featuring guest authors, these days are designed to re-invigorate your love of books and reading and … Continue reading

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Doug MacLeod on ‘The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher

Writing History When you write a piece of historical fiction, even a comedy like The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher, you have to make a decision. Will you be absolutely faithful to the period or will you cheat a little … Continue reading

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Mission Fox teachers’ notes

Teachers’ Notes are now available for the first two books in Justin D’Ath’s Mission Fox series. Download the notes.: Snake Escape Panda Chase Visit the website.

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Activity – make your own ‘Our Australian Girl’ cover

Some schools have been busy making their own Our Australian Girl (OAG) book covers, inspired by the fabulous ‘crafty-look’ covers of the OAG books.  Each girl has created a unique cover that reflects something of herself, in the spirit of … Continue reading

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