CHILDREN'S BOOKS (8-12 YEARS)

ISBN: 9781925227147

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Into Tordon

Co-authored with Z.F. Kingbolt

Only Champions Dare To Enter!

 

No one knows thirteen-year old Bethlyn is ‘BGwarrior’, champion of the online survival game Tordon. But they do think she’s a cheat. So when she meets her fellow gamers outside the abandoned house of Tordon’s creator, and they discover her identity, her number one nemesis, Zane, pushes her inside. Beth pulls him in with her just as the door slams shut, trapping them both. 

Encountering a multitude of strange new worlds, the two of them must push their gaming skills to the limit if they’re to ever return home...

For ages 8–14.

Co-authors: Leah Boonthanom, Kristin Darell, Tracey Jackson, Tony McFadden, Liz Michell, Mijmark, Zoya Nojin, Zena Shapter and Kirsten Taylor

Editor-in-Chief: Zena Shapter | Editor: Zoya Nojin

To learn more about Z.F Kingbolt and the team behind Into Tordon head to the website HERE.

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“This is an impressive debut… The narrative doesn’t falter, and middle-grade readers will delight at how quickly they are thrown into the action of the story… Into Tordon is a pacy, exciting read that middle-grade readers will love getting sucked into.”

Bec Kavanagh, Books+Publishing Review

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A timely book aimed at a young audience reminding them that girls can be champions too… The story is fast-paced and exciting…”

Verushka Byrow, The Children’s Book Council of Australia, Reading Time

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ISBN: 9780994487384

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The Time of the Jade Spider

Co-authored with the Northern Beaches Writers Group

Fourteen-year-old Fingal O’Grady is convicted of theft and transported to Australia in the 1820s. Almost two centuries later, fourteen-year-old would-be beautician Abigail Harrington finds a mysterious spider amulet and their two worlds collide. When both children are kidnapped they realise they’re in possession of an object with enormous power. The Peacock Spider of Tien Shan leads them on an exciting and dangerous journey where nothing is what it seems.

For ages 8–14.

“The winner was clear. The narrative was a page-turner. The story flowed seamlessly, and the characterisation was fantastic. A good old fashioned time slip story! Perfect for middle grade readers.”

 

Paul MacDonald

The Children's Bookshop Speakers Agency & 2016 WABIAD Judge 2016

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WINNER

Best Book

WABIAD

2016

Co-authors: Leah Boonthanom, Kristin Darell, Madi Duncan, Chris Lake, Kylie Pfeiffer, Zena Shapter, Susan Steggall

Illustrators: Susan Steggall, Mijmark

Edited by: Zena Shapter

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ISBN: 9780994487315

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Rider & the Hummingbird

Co-authored with the Northern Beaches Writers Group

Fourteen-year-old Lan is a computer genius... and a prisoner. After poking around in exactly the wrong websites, Lan's interest in drones has landed him in the High Country Youth Correctional Facility. Not a good start. Lan is resigned to his fate until he discovers that the mysterious hacktivist who framed him is part of a plot to kill thousands of people, including his mum and dad. With the help of Monk and his ferret, Lan breaks out of jail, and races to prevent a disaster that could change the face of Australia forever...

For ages 8–14.

There are surprising plot twists, moments of high elation, and deep despair, personal challenges, red herrings and betrayals... This book tells a strong, original, well-written, suspenseful and dramatic tale...!"

Chloe Mauger, WABIAD Judge 2015

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WINNER

Best Book

WABIAD

2015

Co-authors: Leah Boonthanom, Kristin Darell, Madi Duncan, Chris Lake, Tony McFadden, Kylie Pfeiffer, Zena Shapter, Zoya Nojin

Illustrators: Liz Michell, Mijmark

Editor-in-Chief: Zoya Nojin | Editor: Zena Shapter | Publication Coordinator: Kylie Pfeiffer

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ISBN: 9780994200617

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A Dolphin for Naia

Co-authored with the Northern Beaches Writers Group

When thirteen-year-old Mason's parents left him to live on the other side of the country, he swore he would never forgive them, or the invention that kept them so busy. Now they've called him back, promising they can be a family again. But when Mase and his grandmother arrive, the caravan in the shadow of the giant dam is silent and his parents are gone. All that remains is a cryptic message begging him to bring their strange dolphin-like creation to the coast.

 

Mase suddenly finds himself caught in a race where the price of failure is higher than he could ever have imagined. Will he ever see his parents again?

"This novel has it all! A brilliant, fast-paced adventure... A Dolphin for Naia serves up a fantastic mix of mystery, sci-fi and family intrigues ...heart-warming and thrilling ...an engaging and creative story."

 

Jo-Ann Whalley, WABIAD Judge 2014

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WINNER

Best Book

WABIAD

2014

Co-authors: Leah Boonthanom, Kristin Darell, Madi Duncan, Chris Lake, Zoya Nojin, 
Kylie Pfeiffer, Zena Shapter,

Illustrators: Mijmark, Susan Steggall

Editor-in-Chief: Zena Shapter | Editor: Zoya Nojin

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ISBN: 9780994200600

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Scribbles in the Dark

Co-authored with the Northern Beaches Writers Group

Fourteen-year-old Callum has long wondered what happened to his father... Callum has lived with his grandparents above their pub in Australia's outback since his father disappeared, six years ago. Then the rains came. Along with his foster brother Jake, Callum and his dinosaur sculpture are transported to another world, where questions are answered, and lives changed.

 

Why is Jake scared of the scribbly gumtrees? Who is the mysterious girl? Can they ever return home?

WINNER

Best Book

WABIAD

2013

WINNER

Best Illustrations

WABIAD

2013

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"A story that should be widely read and enjoyed... It balances necessary loss with a satisfying and happy ending, providing an emotionally charged yet ultimately hopeful reading experience. This is a book to be treasured..."

 

J. C. Burke, WABIAD Judge 2013

Co-authors: Kristin Darell, Madi Duncan, Tony McFadden, Fi Michell, Zoya Nojin, Zena Shapter, Kirsten Taylor

Illustrators: Liz Michell, Mijmark

Editor-in-Chief: Zena Shapter | Editor: Zoya Nojin | Assistant: Tracey Jackson |Publication Preparations: Leah Boonthanom