Jackie French Neew releases 2020
The Ghost of Howlers Beach
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Dippy and the Dinosaurs
Jackie French

Hi.... 

Jackie French AM is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time); 2014–15 Australian Children' Laureate; and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.

Jackie was born in Sydney grew up on the outskirts of Brisbane, and is still not dead. She has lived for more than 40 years at the top of the gorge in the Araluen Valley, where her ancestors lived too. Only one school she attended burned down. This was not her fault.

Some of Jackie’s books have sold millions of copies and won over 60 awards in Australia and internationally. Others were eaten by the wombats.  

Instead of hobbies she has: written over 200 books; built a house and power system; planted thousands of trees; eaten lunches with friends; read to her grandkids;  tried to find her glasses; eaten dark chocolates, whatever fruit is in season and the odd feral species (some are very odd). She coined the term ‘moral ominvore’ to describe her diet. There is a dispensation for dark chocolate.

Jackie has studied over 400 wombats and been the (almost) obedient slave to a dozen of them. She is an enthusiastic cook married to an enthusiastic eater. If you visit do not bring cake. It is the duty of a guest to eat. Lots. Then eat some more. If you are worried about calories hike up the mountain and look for endangered species. But you will find more on a bush mooch than a bush walk. Watch out for the eight species of snake. Don’t worry. They’ll also be watching out for you.

Jackie writes for adults, young adults, and even younger humans, on history, ecology, and her award-winning historical fiction for all ages, but... write just one picture book about a wombat and no one lets you forget it. Ever. Please do not mention Diary of a Wombat or the word ‘prolific’. Or the story of how her first book was accepted because a wombat had left its droppings on her typewriter as, after 25 years of repeating it, she is bored.

Jackie is also dyslexic and patron of literacy programmes across Australia with a wide and deep – if accidental – experience in learning differences and methods and their outcomes for students, as well as a passionate advocate for equal-opportunity education. She still can't spell.

The Rights of the Child Reader

1. Every child has the right to learn to read, with the methods they need to do so

2. Every child has the right to access the books they need; for pleasure, learning, empathy and to grow their brains

3. Every child has the right to read books in their mother language, about their own culture

4. Every child has the right to say, ‘This book is boring. May I have another?’

5. Every child has the right to be given books that are free of racism and hatred

6. Every child has the right to access the extraordinary heritage of the written knowledge of humanity

Every adult has the right to know the children of this planet are being given the tools of literacy and the power of books to change the world and ensure our future.

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New Releases 

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The Schoolmaster's Daughter

Drawing on her own family history, this is a story from Jackie French about education in Colonial Australia - and how women once had to fight for their right to it.
January 1901

Sharks circle the stranded ship as Hannah and her family head to a new home in the newly formed nation of Australia. Hannah's father has a new post as the schoolmaster in a larger school in northern NSW, where the school's wealthy patron, a sugar planter called Mr Harris, will give the family a life of comfort and the best society.

But secrets lurk in this subtropical paradise.,,

You can buy a copy here.

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Lilies, Lies and Love (Miss Lily, #4)

As the King of England wavers between duty and love, Sophie knows that she must choose duty.

The year is 1936 and the new King Edward VIII wishes to marry American divorcee, and suspected German agent, Wallis Simpson. Top-secret documents that the king must read and sign are being neglected for weeks, and some are even turning up in Berlin.

And as Germany grows its military might with many thousands of new fighter planes every year, Britain and its empire are under increasing threat.

In the fourth title in the Miss Lily series, Jackie French explores one of the most controversial events in history that saw the unthinkable happen when a king chose love over duty.

You can buy a copy here.

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The Ghost of Howlers Beach (The Butter O'Bryan Mysteries, #1)

Butter O'Bryan has been told there are ghosts on Howlers Beach, but are there?

Butter O'Bryan lives in a Very Small Castle with his father and three aunts - Aunt Elephant, Aunt Cake and Aunt Peculiar. 

And even though Butter is only twelve years old, and the grandson of one of Australia's most successful Jam Kings, he is very aware of the hardship many people are experiencing.

Butter has been told there are ghosts at the nearby isolated Howlers Beach, but are there? And how can the children Butter plays cricket with on the beach simply vanish? Who are these children and why do they refuse his help?

Butter is certain they're hiding a secret and he's determined to uncover it.

You can order a copy here.

Coming Soon

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Fire Wombat (illustrated by Danny Snell)

Coming November 2020

As the bushfire swallowed up the world they knew, a wombat shared her burrow with other animals.

As the flames of the bushfire approach, one small wombat is bravely followed by other animals to the safety of her underground burrow.

From best-selling author and Australian Children's Laureate, Jackie French, and award-winning illustrator, Danny Snell, comes a story of survival, courage and friendship.

You can preorder a copy here.

The Angel of Waterloo

Coming December 2020

From the author of the best-selling Matilda Saga comes a new series that takes us back to the birth of our nation.

The soldiers called her 'The Angel of Waterloo'. This esteemed surgeon's daughter who was born on a battlefield, lost her mother on a battlefield, and then married and was widowed on the battlefield that was Waterloo, where Henrietta Bartlett worked alongside her father on that fateful day in June 1815.

But after the carnage of war, 'Hen' dreams of peace, and her own home, and a society that would allow a woman to practice medicine.

You can preorder a copy here.

Pandemic  (with Bruce Whatley)

Coming November 2020

From the author of the best-selling Matilda Saga comes a new series that takes us back to the birth of our nation.

The war carried the Spanish flu across the world. Faces grew masks. Shops and schools wore signs that said, Closed. Families nursing the sick drew their curtains together to say their house was quarantined... From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire, Cyclone and Drought, comes this powerful story of humanity prevailing during a pandemic.

You can preorder a copy here.

 

Get in touch

I love hearing from readers but can't answer all the emails immediately. If you need help with a school assignment, please check out my FAQ page. It may have the answers you seek. If that hasn't helped, have a browse here, here or here.

If you need to get in touch with me directly, please email jackie@jackiefrench.com

 

If you have publicity or media enquiries, please get in touch with Yvonne Sewankambo at 

yvonne.sewankambo@harpercollins.com.au

 

If you would like to book for a speaking engagement, please see Speakers Ink for QLD, Booked Out for WA and Victoria and vincent.hermann@brighton.sa.edu.au  for SA. For more information on the terms of talks, workshops and school visits, see the Bookings page.

 

Mail
I may take a few weeks to reply to mail. Please write to: 

 

Jackie French

PO Box 63

Braidwood, NSW 2622

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