Bren MacDibble

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Across the Risen Sea


Out now in Australia, NZ and UK!

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

A wild adventure for readers 9yrs +.

'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.

*Nominated for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal*

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

*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 you'll find it in South Korea soon.

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 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)La Derniere Abeille

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

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