SHORTLISTED FOR THE YABBA, KROC AND KOALA AWARDS 2021
Deb wrote Grimsdon because she was angry that governments weren't dealing with climate change.
Kids loved it and harassed her to write New City and after even more kid harassment, she wrote the third and last book, Final Storm.
It has wild weather, hoverboards, robots, rescue eagles and a teenager, called Aleksander Larsen, who is smart, kind, good-looking and likes Isabella Charm. Xavier can't stand him.
Read more about the Grimsdon trilogy here
'The characters, the adventures, the emotion, the plot twists and turns - WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE!'
Jo Noble, Librarian, St Agatha's Catholic School, Clayfield
'AWESOME. EXCITING. UNPUTDOWNABLE!'
Mrs Kerry Gittins, Head Librarian, Renaissance International School
'Your book had me on the edge of my seat in every chapter.'
James, age 12, Sydney Grammar School
CBCA Lunchtime Storytime
Deb had lots of fun dressing up in her shark onesie and talking all about books on the CBCA Lunchtime Storytime. Have a peek here.
Superstar author Adrian Beck is also the superhost of Author Hangout, a livestream video chat with authors and illustrators. You can watch the video here.
DIVERSITY IN KIDS' BOOKS
Bear in Space
Super exciting announcement!
Bear was different.
When he dreams of going into space, the other bears laugh. In space he feels at home, but also alone, until something extraordinary happens.
A story about being different and finding friends who love you just the way you are.
'...a beautiful new book,' Mary Marton Bookshop
'I just love it!...we're going to see this one shortlisted.' Megan Daley, Children's Books Daily.
'BEAUTIFUL illustrations and a LOVELY story about imagination and friendship.' KidsBooksWeLove
'...a charming story for early readers,' Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf
Thank you for the great online workshop yesterday. It was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Giselle, Age 11
I really enjoyed watching the zoom. It is just great for kids to listen to and meet authors. Laura, Yr 2 teacher.
THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU, you are just so amazing'. Nancy Singh, Streeton St School
The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
'The irrepressible Wimple family returns. Merriment and edification mark this story of bravery, friendship, and logophilia.'
Humorous and poignant, this title will inspire readers with its kind, courageous heroine. School Library Journal, USA
This is a story that’s less about a spelling bee, and more about friendship, and standing up for one another, and most importantly standing up – and believing in — yourself. Verushka Byrow Reading Time
Watch authors and illustrators tell the story behind their stories on the CBCA NSW Branch website.
Westwords have a new podcast where they talk to writers about writing! And Deb got to join in! She talks to James Roy about Hunting and Gathering ideas.
Deb chats about Books on the 21CL Podcast
Teacher and podcaster, Michael Boll, chats with Deb about books and writing and sharing the excitement of writing with kids.
Wolfie An Unlikely Hero
Wolfie LOVES fairytales, but is tired of wolves always being the bad guys, and he wants to be a HERO!
Spelling Bee read by an entire District in USA
Chosen for the One District One Book program, every family read the book in NJ, USA.
Deb Chats On
Deb enjoyed chating with Dani Vee, Head Teacher English, podcaster, reader, writer and book enthusiast, all about writing.
Deb chats with author extraordinaire, Adrian Beck
Adrian Beck is a TV producer, writer and incredible author. He and Deb chatted about all things writing and Final Storm.
Premier's Reading Challenge
Deb is so lucky to be a NSW
Room to Read
700 million people in the world can't read, most are girls and women. Educating a child in the world's poorest countries costs $1 a day. Can you help us raise money to send kids to school?
A New Australian
I finished reading Teresa in class with my students.
You should have seen them, they all stood up and clapped as if they were watching a film. Thank you for the lovely book with a great story. St Joseph's School, Malta
Teresa is an outstanding addition to the New Australian series. Aussie Reviews
A fascinating historical novel ... insightful and entertaining. Sunday Telegraph
Teresa gives us a wonderful character who shares her family’s journey through the excitement, frustration and joys of becoming Australian. Thanks for a great read.
Jackie Hawkes, Teacher/Librarian
Spelling Bee In Malta & US
Deb is so excited that the Wimple family are in the USA and Malta!
The Children's Book Council of Aust (NSW)
The CBCA NSW Branch is a vibrant group of passionate people who love connecting young people with books. Find out more here.