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Children's Author & Teacher

Final Storm


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

If you would like to vote for your favourite book here, click on the link that matches your state. Victoria, New South Wales or Northern Territory.

'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

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
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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.

Author Hangout

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.

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Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and I are so excited that our little Bear is included in the

2021 Notables for the CBCA Awards. Yay!

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

Build a Rocket!

Just like Bear

Download your rocket activity sheet & Colouring Pages

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Deb LOVES talking in schools and leading workshops and this year she's been doing it from her attic, Studio 6, where she writes.

Find out how to book Deb here.

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

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The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

'The irrepressible Wimple family returns. Merriment and edification mark this story of bravery, friendship, and logophilia.'

Kirkus Reviews, USA.

Humorous and poignant, this title will inspire readers with its kind, courageous heroine. School Library Journal, USA

5/5 This has to be one of the best children's books that I have read this past year! Goodreads

Read aloud to a middle primary class, they will enjoy the quirky characters, solving the mystery and Abela's celebration of the English language. Rhyllis Bignell. ReadPlus

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

Story Scoop

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.

Have a listen here.

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.

Have a listen here.

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Wolfie An Unlikely Hero

Wolfie LOVES fairytales, but is tired of wolves always being the bad guys, and he wants to be a HERO!

Read more here.

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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.

See what they got up to.

Deb Chats On
'Words and
Nerds' Podcast

Deb enjoyed chating with Dani Vee, Head Teacher English, podcaster, reader, writer and book enthusiast, all about writing.

Have a listen here.

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.

Have a look here.

Premier's Reading Challenge


Deb is so lucky to be a NSW

Premiers' Reading Challenge ambassador with the incredible Susanne Gervay and Oliver Phommavanh. Have you signed up to meet the challenge?

Find out all about it here

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?

Find out more here.


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!

Find out more here.

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.