‘Sharing inspiring stories from Australia’s past with the children who are our future!’
In this award-winning series of historical faction or creative non-fiction, published by the National Library of Australia, I present the true stories of ordinary Australian children who have achieved amazing and/or inspirational things. After undertaking significant research into the historical period and the life of the characters, I retell their stories in a fictionalised form, while staying as close as possible to the historical facts. Each book also features additional historical information at the end of each chapter, plus an epilogue and a range of stunning imagery from the collections of the National Library of Australia. More information on each book can be found under ‘Children’s Books’, and Teachers Notes are also available.
Titles in this series so far are:
Lost! A True Tale from the Bush, the story of the three young Duff children who survived for nine days in the Victorian bush in the 1860s (Shortlisted, CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards)
Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea, the story of teenager Grace Bussell who helped to save fifty people from a shipwreck in Western Australia in the 1870s (Winner, NSW Premier’s History Awards)
Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony, the story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who rode his pony Ginger Mick over a thousand kilometers to attend the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 (Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Shortlisted, Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards)
I am now working on the next book in the series, which is due for publication in May 2017
Lennie the Legend
My latest Heritage Heroes title, Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony, is now available. It tells the inspiring story of the remarkable solo journey of Lennie Gwyther, who in 1932 rode his pony, Ginger Mick, almost 1,000 kilometres from Leongatha in Victoria to Sydney in New South Wales just to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie was launched with a book signing and reading at the National Library of Australia on Sunday, 22 March 2015. Information about the book is available at http://publishing.nla.gov.au/book/lennie-the-legend-solo-to-sydney-by-pony.do. It also featured in an article by Carolyn Webb in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-nineyearold-who-rode-a-pony-1000km-to-sydney-20150122-12v3kq.html, and Lennie’s story has even inspired a school musical: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/kids-musical-tells-of-boys-epic-1932-horse-ride-20151026-gkimf7.html. Lennie the Legend was shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s History Awards 2015 and has just been shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015
I am pleased to announce that two of my books, Lost! and Amazing Grace, featured at the Hello! from Australia exhibition of book illustration at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The catalogue from the exhibition is available at http://issuu.com/booksillustrated/docs/hello__from_australia_bologna_exhib/1. It is wonderful to have my books included in this catalogue, along with so many amazing Australian children’s books.