My latest novel, One Would Think the Deep (UQP) was awarded the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, was shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Readers, the 2016 Queensland Literary Award – Young Adult Literature, and the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

The Protected  (UQP) won the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (older readers), the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Award for young adult literature and has been shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award.

My first novel The Sky So Heavy (UQP) was published in 2013. It was awarded Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and shortlisted for both the Gold Inky and the Aurealis Award (Young Adult).

No Place for an Octopus , my debut picture book for early readers, will be published November 5 2019. Stay tuned for event updates!


I am foremost a writer of young adult fiction, but you don’t have to be a young adult to read my stuff; you could be a middle-aged uncle, or a nanna, or thirtyish professional water-skier with a passion for hot housed orchids. 

My agent is Grace Heifetz at Left Bank Literary.