For sample poems from these books go to Poems
The family farm is the only life Zack knows. To him it’s space, blue skies, cows, hay and the creek. But the drought could change everything …
“… a series of beautifully crafted blank verse, free of condescension and sentimentality” (Ruth Starke, ABR)
FARM KID HAS NOW BEEN REPRINTED AND IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ME
SIXTH GRADE STYLE QUEEN (NOT!)
This book tells the story of Dawn, who is struggling to survive in Grade Six. Her nemesis is popular Melissa Banner and life seems hard enough, being called Frog Spawn and battling with the Style Queens. Then Dawn’s parents split up, and Dawn’s world becomes a crazy see-saw.
(Published originally by Penguin Books Australia – available soon as an e-book from me)
What reviewers are saying:
“This verse novel is a gem … A brilliant book.” Bendigo Advertiser, 30 June 07
“Although the difficulties of the ‘tween years are so eloquently portrayed there is also a fine edge of humour in the book which makes it an engaging and sympathetic read.” Magpies, July 2007.
Since Chris lost his best mate, Dave, cars are all he really cares about. Then Josh Carter moves to town. His dad is a famous racing car driver and everyone wants to be Josh’s friend. But as Chris soon discovers, Josh is a bit of a motormouth, and that’s where the trouble begins . . .
When Cassie and Jack are parted, Jack’s dad takes him a long way across Australia to Perth. Then Jack’s dad gets a job in the mines, and Jack realizes that things look bad for him. Who will have him now? He runs away and hitchhikes across the Nullabor desert to meet Cassie in Adelaide.
It’s a story about family and home, and finding a place where you are loved and looked after.
This is a picture book in free verse – it captures all the excitement and wonder of a small child’s world, when every day brings something new – new teeth, new words, new bed – and every little change is very, very BIG.