Thursday, August 23, 2018

Take Three Girls wins CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers)

Excited and delighted to report that Take Three Girls has taken out the 2018 CBCA* Book of the Year for Older Readers. Take Three Girls is a collaborative novel by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. It's about the lives of three teenage girls over a school term. It has themes of friendship, feminism, technology and identity. On a personal note, it was probably the most fun I've ever had writing a book. In this interview with Sue Bursztynski I talk a bit about how the book came to be.

Cath Crowley's website

Fiona Wood's website

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kindred Spirits

I would have given my right arm, my left leg, all my BMX trophies for a bosom friend, even though the word "bosom" made me feel funny. I was going by Anne Shirley's definition: "an intimate friend … a really kindred spirit who I can tell my utmost secrets to".