On getting ideas for stories

Because of popular request, I’m updating this blog that I had posted on my sherylgwyther4kids blog earlier this year. Thank you, Rachna Chhabria, my author friend from Bangalore, India for reminding me about it. Glad your writing students over there enjoyed my Double Trouble Game, Rachna. Story ideas can pop into your head from lots…

‘Princess Clown’ is on her way

My newest story, Princess Clown is on its way. This chapter book for 7-8 year olds, will be used in classrooms as part of Blake Publishing‘s fiction series called Gigglers Blue. They’re called chapter books because to young readers taking their first steps into the wonderful world of reading they look like the ‘real’ books…

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Last year, Australian children’s authors joined many other Australian book-lovers to fight against the proposed lifting of Restrictions against Parallel Importation of books into this country. That fight was successful. But now, there is another threat to Australian children’s books. And this is worse – because it comes from within and it is insidious. Children’s…

David Almond’s ‘Skellig’ … a review

There‚Äôs a book that keeps disappearing from its spot on the A-J shelves of our local high school library. A small novel that somehow has been smuggled through the security bars at the library exit. It’s had to be replaced at least three times. So why this particular book? Is it the beautifully designed cover…

VICTORY IS OURS!

Just like no one likes a sore loser, no one likes a cocky winner! But, allow me the relief a good shout of victory brings. We have won our battle against Parallel Importation of Books in a resounding victory – this morning the ALP Cabinet and Caucus decided not to follow the Productivity Commission’s recommendations…