Bren MacDibble

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How to Bee

The Dog Runner

Hits the shelves in Australia and NZ in Feb 2019, and the UK in May 2019.

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 here.

How to Bee

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.
This award-winning children's novel is set in future Australia in a time when there are no bees, and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan in China 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 only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you go along with your plan.

How to Bee

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.

Available from any good bookshop or Allen & Unwin.

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.

If you would like to find out more about the factors currently contributing to bee loss, there is a great short video at YouTube: Death of Bees Explained -

Bren MacDibble is interviewed by David McLean about How To Bee on Radio 3CR and saved as a podcast here.

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