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The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories Paperback – 1 September 2016

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The book might appeal most to adult readers who remember the children’s and YA classics of the seventies, eighties and nineties. It might also speak to aspiring teen writers. -- Books+Publishing ― Books+Publishing

Stories themselves may be timeless but for many, and as told in The Book that Made Me, books remain a living artefact. ― The Australian

I recommend this book to readers of all ages. It is inspirational and informative, and book lovers will devour every page. ― Buzzwords

I recommend this book to every bookseller, and book-lovers everywhere. It would make a particularly brilliant gift for a teenage reader. ― Booksellers NZ

I've never read such a Tasman-centric collection of work. Not only were these New Zealand and Australia voices, they were referencing New Zealand and Australia works in amongst the Lewis, Tolkien and Dahl (and so many others). I liked that. It made me aware of how few of these authors I knew well, but I like that it expanded my realm of consideration and thought. I was impressed to find such a diverse inclusion of writers too, including aboriginal voices. ― Striking Keys

The Book that Made Me will delight book lovers because, as Anne Shirley would say, the contributors will feel like your kindred spirits. Each author loves storytelling and appreciates a well told story. The essays are humorous and heartfelt, and you're bound to find mention of your favourite childhood books, as well as discovering books you're yet to read. -- The Bookish Manicurist ― The Bookish Manicurist

Some of these pieces are amusing, some serious, some lyrical, some more prosaic but all are truly engaging. ― Read Plus

This book has gone down as my favourite non-fiction novel of 2016 and I love just how personal all these author's stories were but even more so, how different they were from each other. -- Ella / Once Upon a Bookish Time ― Once Upon a Bookish Time

...the potential power of a book to connect with a child and hold them ever more to the wonderful world of books and reading. ― Magpies Magazine

About the Author

Judith Ridge is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts on literature for children and young adults. In a career spanning more than 20 years, she has worked as a teacher, writer, critic and editor. Judith has taught children’s literature at several universities and has been invited on numerous occasions to speak at conferences, festivals and seminars in Australia, Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has been a judge on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, is a Churchill Fellow and has an MA in children’s literature. Judith is currently writing her PhD on Australian children's and young adult fantasy fiction. She lives in a dusty old house in South Windsor, NSW, with two mad cats and too many books.

Rachael Craw began her working life as an English teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael's enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life teaching, writing and mentoring at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at www.rachaelcraw.com

Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia. Alison is also an editor and critic. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Daniel Keene, the playwright, and their three children.

Simon French grew up in Sydney's west, and had his first novel published while he was still at high school. He has written many novels and picture books, and been published in Australia and overseas. His work is praised by critics and has won several awards, including the 1987 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for All We Know. Change the Locks was an Honour Book in 1992. Where in the World won the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature, and was short-listed for the 2003 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, long-listed for the 2003 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and nominated to the IBBY Honour List in 2004. His most recent novel, Other Brother, was short-listed for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers award. Simon is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury region of New South Wales.

Ambelin Kwaymullina loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books, and has wanted to write a novel since she was six years old. She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. When not writing or reading she teaches law, illustrates picture books and hangs out with her dogs. She has previously written a number of children’s books, both alone and with other members of her family. Her first novel, The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, was short-listed in both the Science Fiction and Young Adult Fiction categories of the 2012 Aurealis Awards.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Walker Books Australia (1 September 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1922244880
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1922244888
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.49 x 1.91 x 23.5 cm
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