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Children's Author & Teacher

Bushfire Auction

help raise money for the CFA fighting fires

The Australian bushfires have been devastating to lives, homes, animals and our beautiful bush.


Authors all over Australia are banding together to raise money for the CFA. If you would like to bid on lots of exciting bookish donations, search the hastag #AuthorsFor Fireys on twitter. Choose the item you'd like, make your bid and the highest bidder by Jan 11, 11pm, will donate the money to the CFA and receive the prize from the author. Good Luck! 

'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

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Spelling Bee shortlisted in REAL awards

Each year, kids from all over Australia have the tricky job of picking their favourite book of the year, and this year they have chosen The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee to join the shortlist! Deb is STUPENDOUSLY excited. You can see the shortlist here.

'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

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Wolfie Returns!

(in paperback)

Wolfie is celebrating his release in paperback. Especially as he gets another chance to finally prove to the world that, unlike wolves in other fairytales, he is a TRUE HERO!

Trust him! He's also excited to be part of

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

To find out more about Wolfie and how much of a good, all round wolf he is, have a peek here.

This is a unique, hilarious story about trying to change your image which will appeal to all sorts of ages for all sorts of reasons. Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian OZTLNET 

A great addition to your collection for all those units on fairy tales – traditional or otherwise. Sue Warren, Librarian

'...a real page-turner that demands to be read and then read again and again. Kids Book Review

I finished reading Teresa in class with my first year secondary class 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 read by an entire District in USA


Chosen for the One District One Book program, every family read the book in NJ, USA. Read what they got up to.

Deb Chats On 'So You Want To Be A Writer' Podcast

Deb really enjoyed speaking with author and podcast host extraordinaire, Allison Tait, all about writing.

Have a listen 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

Deb Loves Visiting Schools

Deb is a trained teacher and has lead talks, workshops and PD sessions for teachers for over 18 yrs. Click here to find out more.

Room to Read

700 million people in the world can't read and most are girls and women. Educating a kid 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.

Deb Chats about WRITING

​Deb talks about her books for the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, the oldest lending library in Australia. Have a peek here.

Deb Is a Koala Legend

Deb was super excited that Grimsdon was shortlisted for the KOALA awards and that she was made a KOALA Legend

Spelling Bee In the USA

​Deb is so excited that India Wimple and her family are in the USA!

Find out more here.

Spelling Bee In MALTA

​The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee was launched in Malta in October, in Maltese!

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