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Children's Author & Teacher


The Third and Final Book Is Coming August 2019

Deb is busily writing the third book in her cranky climate change series.

She wrote Grimsdon because she was angry that governments around the world weren't taking enough care of the planet. Then she was harrassed by kids to write New City and after even more kid harrassment, she finally agreed to write the third and last book, Final Storm. 

There'll be wild weather, hoverboards, robots, rescue eagles, a new bad guy and an old bad guy. There'll also be a new teenager, called Aleksander Larsen, who is smart, kind, good-looking and likes Isabella Charm. Xavier can't stand him.

Read more about Grimsdon and New City here.



Grimsdon Shortlisted for the REAL Awards

Grimsdon shortlisted for the 2018 REAL awards, voted for by kids from the NT, VIC & NSW. Read more here

Deb Chats On So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast

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The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee hits the USA

India Wimple and Deb are celebrating because both spelling bee books are now in the US! And so far India has taken the country by storm! Read more here.

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

Kirkus Reviews, USA. Read the full review here.

'...a heartwarming tale for all to enjoy.' School Library Connection

Deb Talks about her  Spelling Bee Books

India Wimple is a brilliant speller, but can she get over her nerves to become a world champion? With her family and new friends by her side, she might just do it. Deb is happy to tell you more in the video to the right.

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

...an excellent, well-crafted middle grade novel. Kids Book Review

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

Wolfie chosen to be part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Softcover out April 2019


Fairytales are nonsense. They're full of wolves pestering pigs and picking on little girls in red hoods. But I would never do those things. I knit! I bake blueberry pie! You know what I really want to do? I WANT TO RESCUE A PRINCESS! Yours truly, Wolfie.

Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero is an amusing, entertaining, hilarious story that will make you laugh out loud. (It) is a real page-turner that demands to be read and then read again and again. Kids Book Review

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

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has handed out over 100 million books to kids. With a clever dad who never learned to read, Dolly has always had a passion for books and how they can change lives. I am super proud that one of her chosen books is, Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero. Read about the library here.

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


Spelling Bee in The USA!

Deb is Tickled pink that The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous International Spelling Bee, are now in the USA.

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 of them are girls and women. Educating a kid in the world's poorest countries costs $1 a day. That's all! Can you help us raise money to send kids to school? Find out more here.

Deb Chats about her books

​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

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

The Spelling Bee Trailer

​Deb's very clever partner Todd has made a trailer for her spelling bee books. Have a peek here.



Deb's Books are Sold all Over the World and Have Been Translated Into Many Languages ... Merhaba!

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