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Publications for Children & Young YA

SPlatterby Dragons Home

SPlatterby Dragons Home

Young YA Novel (10-14 years) - SF - Published by Blake Publishing.
ISBN 9781741647563.

Jazza raises his own pet dragon at his mum’s home for unloved dragons.

Blake Novels are longer books for upper primary and lower secondary students. Great for reluctant readers.
You can look inside and order SPlatterby Dragons Home at Blake Publishing.

 

Intergalactic Deliveries Inc

Intergalactic Deliveries Inc.

Young YA Novel (10-14 years) - SF - Published by Blake Publishing.
ISBN 9781741647624.

Oz accidentally hitchikes on a space freighter and getting home again is a crazy mad challenge.

Blake Novels are longer books for upper primary and lower secondary students. Great for reluctant readers.
You can look inside and order Intergalactic Deliveries Inc. at Blake Publishing.

 

Worlds Next Door

Worlds Next Door
Children's SF Anthology - Worlds Next Door is an Australian anthology of speculative fiction stories for 9-13 year olds. Published by Fablecroft Publishing and edited by Tehani Wessely.
ISBN 978 0 9807770 1 7.
Worlds Next Door contains stories by 25 Australian authors, each illustrated by Australian artists. Many of the authors are award-winning and well-known writers of children’s fiction, and the anthology can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
My futuristic story, Moonchild, is about Sammy who lives underground in the first mining colony on the moon and longs for the wide open spaces of the surface. The story uses current scientific predictions about what a colony on the moon might be like and Sammy and his friend Nicky know exactly how to have fun there.
Free teaching materials support the use of stories from Worlds Next Door in primary and early secondary classrooms. Find out more at the Worlds Next Door Blog.

 

There's No Such Thing


There's No Such Thing

Children's SF - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Rita Voutila.
ISBN 978 1 74164 640 5.
An alien drops into Cody's backyard and, after the teenaged neighbour warns Cody about the hazards of keeping secret pets, Cody tries to tell his mother. But it seems there are some things parents just won't believe!
Gigglers are full-colour humorous books that entertain and motivate even reluctant readers.
You can look inside and order There's No Such Thing at Blake Education.
There's No Such Thing has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

The Adventures of Zip Velocity


The Adventures of Zip Velocity

Children's adventure - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Wayne Bryant.
ISBN 978 1 74164 631 3.
Cody loves to pretend to be his favourite story book hero, Zip Velocity. When Zip Velocity accidentally ends up in the real world, Cody is the only person who can help him capture his evil adversary, Baron von Hairy, and return to the story book.
Gigglers are full-colour humorous books that entertain and motivate even reluctant readers. You can look inside and order The Adventures of Zip Velocity at Blake Education.
The Adventures of Zip Velocity has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

Anchovy Circus


Anchovy Circus

Children's adventure - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Connah Brecon.
ISBN 978 1 74164 614 6.
Antonio really doesn't like anchovies but his family is mad about them. Every meal time he stuffs them in his pocket and smuggles them up to his room and hides them under his bed. After a while he notices that the anchovies are twisting into odd shapes, odd circus animal shapes. That's when he gets his idea for the Anchovy Circus!
Sparklers are illustrated chapter books that are designed to bridge the gap between reading schemes and traditional chapter books. You can order Anchovy Circus at Blake Education.
Anchovy Circus has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

Go Go Gecko


Go Go Gecko

Children's adventure - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Jan D'Silva.
ISBN 978 1 74164 608 5.
There's a gecko in the chalk box! All the kids have seen it but Mr Mooney has not. No matter how high they push their hands up or how loudly they "Oooh!" Mr Mooney won't pick someone to tell him. Then the gecko gets loose and the class can't sit still any more!
Sparklers are illustrated chapter books that are designed to bridge the gap between reading schemes and traditional chapter books. You can order Go Go Gecko at Blake Education.
Go Go Gecko has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

No Fishing


No Fishing

Children's adventure - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Virginia Gray.
ISBN 978 1 74164 609 2.
Matt's Dad loves fishing and wants Matt to come fishing with him. Matt likes fish. He doesn't want to kill them. What can he do to keep the fish safe?
Sparklers are illustrated chapter books that are designed to bridge the gap between reading schemes and traditional chapter books. You can order No Fishing at Blake Education.
No Fishing has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

The Dinner Guest


The Dinner Guest

Children's adventure - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Gail C Breese.
ISBN 978 1 74164 615 3.
Jess thinks dinner time is boring. Mum is always on the phone, so Jess has to eat quietly. One day an uninvited and unusual guest comes to dinner. This dinner is anything but boring!
Sparklers are illustrated chapter books that are designed to bridge the gap between reading schemes and traditional chapter books. You can order The Dinner Guest at Blake Education.
The Dinner Guest has also been reprinted the US by Sundance.

 

SHinY Magazine

Being Bella Wang (YA)
This SF/mythical short story appeared in the October 2008 edition, Issue 4 of SHinY Magazine. Bella Wang is a sports clone. All the Bella Wangs are professional golfers but keeping your sister clones out of trouble in Bali when a vindictive god gets a taste for Bellas, is a big task for the second oldest Bella clone.
SHinY was a young adult science fiction magazine delivered directly to the inbox of subscribing readers.
Read the opening online.
Reviews: The Fix (Sherwood Smith): "...MacDibble expertly evokes an exotic locale full of magic, as well as vivid, interesting characters with a strong bond."
AS If (Alexandra Pierce): "...'Being Bella Wang' is set in that quintessentially Aussie exotic locale – Bali – and is focussed on Sienna, a clone of Bella Wang, a golf pro. For those of us who put up with excess parental pressure to be, to do, to accomplish… this will probably make you feel better. At least you aren’t your parent. MacDibble nicely ties in the science fiction element – which isn’t particularly overt, and is treated quite casually – with a fantasy element that fits its location nicely. The conclusion, while seemingly light-hearted, became darker and more threatening upon reflection."
Last Short Story (Tansy Raynor Roberts): "... this emerging Australian writer has really hit her stride and found her voice in this marvellous YA story which touches on cloning, teen girl self esteem and Balinese mythology. Angsty, thoughtful and with a lovely sense of black humour, this is a definite must-read." Tansy also has 'Being Bella Wang' on her list of favs for 2008.
The Elephant Forgets (Rich Horton): "... I liked Bren MacDibble's "Being Bella Wang", about various clones of a harsh and ambitious woman struggling to find their own identity."
Cool Shite (Dirk Flinthart): "Issue Four sees a return from Bren MacDibble, in 'Being Bella Wang.' A tale of identity, sibling rivalry, and the struggle to escape parental domination, the prose crackles nicely, and it takes advantage of an unusual setting to play some nice cross-cultural games. I liked this one a lot."

 

The Great Burkes

The Great Burkes

This comedy short story featured in the May 2008 edition of Rainbow Rumpus E-Magazine. Nathan's family consists of a tarot card-reading mother, a grandmother with memory problems and a dog who likes to wear clothes. Nathan always thought his family was a bit of a side show... but that was before they joined the fair.
Rainbow Rumpus is an e-magazine that seeks to provide literature for children of gay and lesbian parents.
Read The Great Burkes here

 

SHinY

Blurred Horizons (YA)
This science fiction short story was in the December 2007 edition, Issue 2 of SHinY Magazine. Tash's world is crumbling into the desert around her. There's no way she can save it, but then the future comes knocking with bigger problems.
SHinY was a young adult science fiction magazine delivered directly to the inbox of subscribing readers.
Reviews: AS If (Rachel Holkner): "Once again Shiny leaves the best until last. Bren MacDibble's 'Blurred Horizons' was my favourite of the issue. In 2032 Tash and her mother manage a service station and take care of a small forest in isolated desert conditions. An unexpected visitor (aren't they always?) asks a difficult favour, and for no apparent reward. Tash is a spunky protagonist and the environmental theme is topical without being heavy. The backstory is left mostly unexplained, a change from the frequent unrelenting infodumps common to speculative fiction."
Cool Shite (Dirk Flinthart) "...Bren MacDibble’s well-composed and unusual time-travel tale 'Blurred Horizons' rounds out the issue."
The Fix (Daniel Ausema): "My favorite in this issue is the science fictional 'Blurred Horizons' by Bren MacDibble. It’s a straightforward story of a youth who has grown up early and finds she must accomplish something even she might not be able to do.
Young Tash—her age is never mentioned, but probably early teen—lives with her mother at a remote fueling station that won’t support them much longer. She’s proud of her ability to handle jobs the adults think someone her age, and especially a girl, shouldn’t be expected to do. Her greater pride, though, is in the forest that is her father’s legacy. In that forest, she finds a time traveler and agrees to help him save the world.
I tend to be leery of time-traveler stories, and especially save-the-world time-traveling stories, but that’s the adult reader in me. Ignoring that bias, I found a lot of fun in this story, definitely the type I would have loved when I was in my teens and even earlier. My only real complaint is that it was supposedly set only about 25 years from now, but the desolate fueling station and Mad-Max-type decay of the aging transports felt considerably farther into the future."

 

Kids Performing Play


The Other 'Other' Tale of the Three Little Pigs

A comedy play for 30-60 Children - 6-10 year olds - listed by Australian Plays.
The three little pigs drive their mother so crazy she asks them to leave home. The pigs wander through a collision of fairytales and real life, meeting and collecting colourful characters along the way, until they meet the thing they all fear most, a wolf. Young wolfie, however, is a vegetarian with impeccable manners, and he just wants to make friends.

 

The Beast of Moogill


The Beast of Moogill

Children's Science Fiction - 6-8 year olds - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Ken Rinkel.
ISBN 1 86509 035 2.
Tim has to help an alien fight a beast. He doesn't want to, but it's hard to say no when he's been teleported to an alien planet and he's about to drown.
It's 32 pages of gorgeous full colour and may be ordered at Blake Education.
Now also available in the US at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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A Red Hot Pet


A Red Hot Pet

Children's Fantasy - 6-7 year olds - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Steven Hallam.
ISBN 1 86509 269 X.
Dad brings home a baby dragon. Holly and Kurt are thrilled until they find out that dragons can be difficult pets. If they can't find a way to make their dragon behave, he will have to go.
It's 32 pages of gorgeous full colour and may be ordered at Blake Education.
Now also available in the US at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Hullabaloo Magazine - France


Diary of a French Eel

This two-page cartoon was published in the August 2003 edition, FRANCE ISSUE, of Hullabaloo Magazine (winner of an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award). Hullabaloo was a geographical educational magazine that awarded readers with passports and stamps and combined fun facts with stories from different countries. My 'animal diaries' became a regular 2-page feature in the magazine.
Read: Diary of a French Eel.

 

Hullabaloo Magazine - New Zealand


Diary of a New Zealand Sheep, Calf Day, News-Zealand and To Eat or Not to Eat Kiwi

A two-page cartoon, a short story, and two articles were published in the April 2003 edition, NEW ZEALAND ISSUE, of Hullabaloo Magazine. This was a high quality colourful US magazine for children 7 years and up.
Read: Diary of a New Zealand Sheep
Read: Calf Day
Read: News-Zealand
Read: To Eat or Not to Eat Kiwi

 

Take Me to Your Leader


Take Me to Your Leader

Science Fiction - 6-7 year olds - published by Blake Education and illustrated by Nathan Jurevicius.
ISBN 1 86509 501 X.
Tim meets an alien who is out to take over the world and he isn't going to let the fact that he is hopelessly small stop him. Tim finds out the alien will be made into a footstool if he fails so Tim tries to help him.
It's 32 pages of funky full colour and may be ordered at Blake Education
Now also available in the US at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Honestly Ernest


Honestly Ernest!

Children's short story for 7-10 year olds - 1000w - Ernest takes the wrong bus and ends up at a swim meet instead of school camp. Can things get any worse? Possibly, the coach wants Ernest to swim for the team.
ISBN 017 0101568.

Ernest's Mice Mischief

Ernest's Mice Mischief

Children's short story for 7-10 year olds - 1000w - Why did Ernest choose to do his speech about mice? Now his teacher expects him to bring them to school on Speech Day. But these are not 'normal' mice. ISBN 017 0101568.

Double Troubles were back-to-back flip-over first chapter books for 8-9 year olds. Each 32 page book contained easy-to-manage chapters with short paragraphs and humorous line drawings on every page. When the reader reached the middle they flipped the book to read another troublesome situation with the same character. Double Troubles provided a fun and easy transition from picture books to chapter books.
Recently the 'Ernest' Double Troubles became out of print. Previously they were published by Nelson ITP, then Thomson Learning and later taken over by Cengage.

 

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