Your Book Week Costume Sorted

It’s that time of the year folks: time to wrangle some crepe paper, sticky tape and random things you put at the back of the cupboard thinking ‘I’ll use that for Book Week’ five years ago and forgot about. Sure, your kids might be at uni now, but what student doesn’t want to add a bit of colour to their tutorial and really make a bold statement about how much they love Australian children’s literature? If you’re looking for some inspiration – and lets face it, there’s only so many times you can send your kid in a panda onesie claiming that Kung Fu Panda is actually adapted from a book – look no further, because I have your costume sorted. Why not go with a One Would Think the Deep theme? There’s not even any need to dress your kid up as the Leviathan, you can simply pop them into this tidy costume design conceived by One Would Think the Deep‘s cover designer Astred Cherry.

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Happy Book Week everyone, it’s the only week that matters. And if you’re interested, I still have some slots available for Book Week school visits, just click on ‘School Visits’ at the top of the page. I might even wear my costume.

‘One Would Think the Deep’ to be published in the UK!

Here’s some thrilling news for your Wednesday: (Okay, probably more thrilling for me than you. Still.) If you couldn’t tell from the title of this blog, One Would Think the Deep is to be published in the UK by Ransom Publishing in August. August! That’s really soon in the publishing world and I know the people at Ransom have been staying up and working through the night for weeks to ensure its speedy delivery to UK readers. (This may be an exaggeration. I don’t know. I just imagine them working all night because they are very excited about the book.) You can read their write-up about One Would Think the Deep on their blog here.

If you are in the UK go and preorder it now, for goodness sake. You’ll bloody love it.

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2017 White Ravens

I’m absolutely thrilled that One Would Think the Deep has been included in the 2017 White Ravens catalogue. As explained in the catalogue:

The White Ravens catalogue is the most important annual publication of the International Youth Library. It aims to promote quality in children’s book publishing and has become increasingly useful tool for anyone interested in looking beyond national borders. This year, the White Ravens contain a selection of 200 notable children’s and young adult books from 56 countries published in 38 languages.

The other featured Australian titles are Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon, Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall, and The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard.

More information can be found at http://www.ijb.de/home.html

Prime Minister’s Literary Award!

IMG_20171119_095730_001Hey there readers, I am utterly thrilled to announce that One Would Think the Deep has been shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Lit Award for Young Adult Fiction! The awards are announced at 10am, Friday 1st of December at Parliament House. Hopefully there will be scones. A huge congrats must go to my fellow shortlistees – it’s quite a formidable list and I am honoured to be in the company of such quality writers. Claire x