Bren MacDibble

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The Ravens Song


Available in Australia, NZ and UK from 5 October 2022!

The Raven's Song written by Bren MacDibble and multi-award winning writer Zana Fraillon
published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and NZ, and Old Barn Books in the UK.

Allen & Unwin in Aus and NZ
Old Barn Books, UK

A wild adventure for readers 9yrs+ set in a post city future.

100 years in the furture, the human survivors of a climate and disease collapsed earth have taken drastic steps to repair the environment: they've removed themelves from it! Cities have been deserted in favour of isolated and fenced off hamlets in which people live simple low-pollution lives as they wait for the honoured earth to heal. But kids are curious, epecially Shelby Jones! When strange things appear outside the perimeter fence, it's all too tempting for Shelby and she goes through the fence discovering things she thought only existed in history books, and then she discovers that history is not as dead as everyone thinks it is!

Across the Risen Sea


Available in Australia, NZ and UK!

Across the Risen Sea published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and NZ
Old Barn Books in the UK.

A wild high seas adventure for readers 9yrs+ set in a flooded future.

'It's one of them days when everything is off. A hot sweaty night in Rusty Bus means we kids is all grouchy-tired. Me and my best friend, Jaguar, is trying to cool down by taking turns at dipping in the sea pool. Him standing on the sea wall made from car frames and rocks on lookout for crocs, me swimming, then we'll swap places. We's always doing things as a team, him and me. We's gonna be the best fisher people and the best salvagers on the whole of the inland sea one day.'

Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find themselves drawn into a web of secrecy and lies that endangers the way of life of their entire community. Soon daring, loyal Neoma must set off on a solo mission across the risen sea, determined to rescue her best friend and find the truth that will save her village.

Longlisted in the UK Literary Association Awards 2022
Shortlisted: Wright Family Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction in the NZ Book Awards for Children and YA 2021
Shortlisted: Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Writing for Children for 2020
Shortlisted: Patricia Wrightson Prize for Chidren's Literature in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021
Shortlisted: Best Children's Fiction in the Aurealis Awards 2020
Nominated for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Shortlisted: Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2021
A Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2021

Find out more (incl. teacher's tips) at Allen & Unwin
Or at Old Barn Books in the UK


The Dog Runner

The Dog Runner published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and NZ, and by Old Barn Books in the UK.

An intense and thrilling new adventure.

'We're gonna starve if we stay here,' Emery said. 'If we're gonna go, best go now.' And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to do is walk away.

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and dangerous landscape? Well, when you've got five big doggos and a dry-land dogsled, the answer is you go mushing. But when Emery is injured, Ella must find a way to navigate them through rough terrain, and even rougher encounters with desperate people...

Read an excerpt at Allen & Unwin.
Or visit Old Barn Books in the UK
Audio Book UK only: The Dog Runner at CloudAloud

Winner: New Zealand Book Awards CYA - Junior Fiction (the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award) 2019
Winner: Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction 2019
Shortlisted: Children's Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year, Younger Readers
Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal

How to Bee


How to Bee published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and NZ in 2017,
by Old Barn Books in the UK in 2018
and by Groundwood in North America in 2020
Helium Editions in France in 2020 (La derniere abeille)
Also in South Korea with Namubooks.

This award-winning children's novel is set in a future when there are no bees, and children must scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan are forced to do today. Peony wants to be a bee, a hand-pollinator, she's light, she's fast, and even though she's a year too young, she's going to be the best bee the farm has ever seen... except when you're young, it's hard to get everyone around you go along with your plan.

How to Bee

Audio Books:
How to Bee NZ (AudiobooksNZ)
How to Bee Aus (Booktopia)
How to Bee US (Chirp Books)
How to Bee UK (CloudAloud)

Winner: New Zealand Book Awards CYA - Junior Fiction (the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award) 2018
Winner: CBCA Book of the Year 2018 - Younger readers
Winner: Patricia Wrightson Prize, NSW Premiers Awards, 2018
Shortlisted: Queensland Literary Prize
Shortlisted: South Australian Festival Literary Prize

Shortlisted: Norma K Heming Award
Shortlisted: Aurealis Award
Shortlisted: Ditmar Award
Shortlisted: Book of the Year, Speech Pathology Australia
Longlisted: The North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards, UK

Young readers are often concerned about environmental issues and exploring a work of fiction about a child living in a possible future without bees can allieviate stress by giving them context to discuss the issue of bee loss, as well as seeing how Peony overcomes the difficulties of her life.La Derniere Abeille

Available from any good bookshop or
Allen & Unwin Aus/NZ
Old Barn Books UK
Groundwood Books Canada
Helium Editions France (as La derniere abeille - The Last Bee)

Teachers, How to Bee has the most amazing Teacher Notes, moving from language, to environment, to society and the future. Can you use this book in your classroom? How to Bee - Teacher Notes (downloads pdf)

You can see the hand-pollinators at work in Sichuan Province, China, in this Huffington Post article.

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