Category Archives: Q&A

Great Author Websites #4 – Sonya Hartnett

Author websites are a valuable and often underused resource for teachers’. They are valuable because they can be a treasure trove of anecdotal information to share with students about the author or illustrator and more often than not, will have all kinds … Continue reading

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Off The Shelf May/June 2012 Issue – OUT NOW!

Off the Shelf is a FREE resource from Penguin for teachers and librarians. The latest edition, full to the brim with articles, new books and author interviews is now available online. Click on the cover image to get reading…

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Excerpt Article from February Off The Shelf- Doug Macleod

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Melina Marchetta on ‘Froi of the Exiles’

Melina Marchetta sat down with Off the Shelf to tell us about her new book Froi of the Exiles, the unlikely sequel to Finnikin of the Rock. Tell us about your new book, Froi Of The Exiles? It’s a family … Continue reading

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Felice Arena talks about his new novel ‘Whippersnapper’

Would most people know what Whippersnapper means? Anyone over 35 – probably, yes. You don’t hear it a lot these days. Generally older folk use it to refer to younger people. It’s an old English word that originally referred to … Continue reading

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Q&A with Fairy Bad Day author Amanda Ashby

Where did the title Fairy Bad Day come from? I had been playing around with a werewolf book called Bad Hair Day and then when I decided that I didn’t like werewolves (too bitey) I moved onto fairies and so … Continue reading

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The real Mr G – Morris Gletizman on camels, comedy and the GFC

We featured an edited version of this interview with Morris Gleitzman in the May edition of Off the Shelf, however, here is the full interview for those of you who can’t get enough of Mr G! Q What inspired you … 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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Q&A with Between Shades of Gray author Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray author, Ruta Sepetys has very generously given us some of her time to answer our questions… Many Holocaust survivors do not like to talk about their experiences – did you find it difficult to coax people … Continue reading

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Q&A with Kirsty Eagar, author of Raw Blue and Saltwater Vampires

It’s a long-ish interview (10 mins) but has some really great questions and it’s well worth watching for an insight into Kirsty’s books and the life of an author.

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