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A massive congratulations to the Fitzroy Children’s Literature Festival on a successful Saturday of books and festivities. We were thrilled to take part in such a fantastic event. Our staff went along to join in the fun and were delighted to see so many familiar Booked Out faces. A huge thank-you to Alan Brough, Asphyxia, Davina Bell, Judy Horacek, Tony Wilson, Jacqueline Harvey and Oliver Phommavanh for their fabulous contributions to the day and of course, to all the wonderful organisers of the Fitzroy Children’s Literature Festival.

A change is in the air…

We are moving offices today, Wednesday the 5th of April, and might be a little slower getting back to you.

If your enquiry is urgent, please call us on 03 9824 0177 and one of our dedicated agents will dive over boxes for you. We should be back up and running within the next couple of days.

Thanks for your patience!

Booked Out veteran, Felice Arena, has done it again and this time in a whole new genre…

As one of Australia’s most beloved children’s authors, Felice has enthralled young readers with scores of titles, including the Specky Magee and Farticus Maximus series, as well as the Boyz- RuleGirlz-Rule and the Sporty Kids books. Topping best seller lists and garnering a multitude of awards, Felice wows us again, taking on a new direction in his latest novel, The Boy and the Spy.

Set in Sicily during the World War II, The Boy and the Spy follows the journey of Antonio, an orphan ‘Rota’ boy whose chance meeting with a fallen American soldier will change not only his life forever, but potentially the future of Sicily.

The Boy and the Spy is an engaging work of historical fiction teeming with adventure and themes of adversity, trust, war and belonging.

Well done, Felice – we can’t wait to read it!

We are thrilled to announce the release of The Beast of Hushing Wood, a new adventure story by Booked Out’s award-winning author and illustrator, Gabrielle Wang.

Deep in the forests of of Dell Hollow roams eleven year-old Ziggy Truegood, a true child of nature drawn to the strange and hidden beauty of the woods. Over time, Ziggy begins to sense that something is hunting her, a premonition that she will drown on her twelfth birthday.
Then Raffi and his grandfather arrive in town and Ziggy finds herself strangely drawn to them. But are they her rescuers or her hunters?

The Beast of Hushing Wood is a fable of courage, bound in mysticism and detailing the triumph of a young girl in the face of adversity and change. A blend of adventure and imaginative realism, Gabrielle’s latest book is both engaging and thought-provoking.

An honor to be working with such an inspiring talent.

Congratulations, Gabrielle – we can’t wait to read it!


Congratulations to all those who made it onto the short list for The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year 2017! A special shout out to our speakers Zana Fraillon, Cath Crowley and Claire Zorn, all champions in the Older Readers category, and to Trace Balla, Wendy Orr, Kate Temple and Bruce Pascoe in the Younger Readers’ division. And finally to Kylie Dunstan for her early childhood sensation ‘Nannie Loves.’

We also want to mention our incredible illustrator, Lance Balchin, who made the shortlist for both Picture Book of the Year 2017 and the Crichton Award 2017, and the wonderful Maree Coote and Neridah McMullin for the Information Books category.

Well done everyone!



As part of the Teen Reading in the Digital Era project, researchers from the University of Deakin have found that Morris Gleitzman has maintained his popularity amongst the nation’s younger readers.
Interestingly, the study also found that printed texts are still the preferred medium for reading, despite the rise of digital-based materials like e-books and e-readers.

In terms of local authors, the results found that Morris Gleitzman, author of the ‘Once’ series, was still a national favourite among teen readers. Andy Griffith, author of ‘Treehouse’ series came second and  our national treasure and ’Tomorrow’-series author, John Marsden, came in third.

Topping the international category, ‘Harry Potter’ creator J K Rowling continues to dominate, while Suzanne Collins, author of ‘The Hunger Games’ series came in second. Jeff Kinney, author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ claimed third place.
The study, aimed at generating insights into the reading habits and preferences of Australian teenagers, was sourced from a survey of 500 Australian teens on their favourite books and series. Although small, its findings give hope for the future of traditional printed literature in the digital era.


For more information and progress of the Deakin study click here:

For a full list of favorites, go to the Books & Publishing website:

Voss Literary Prize Winner… Leah Kaminsky!

Leah Kaminsky spent years writing her fictional debut, The Waiting Room. The story follows a doctor, Dina, plagued by the painful memories of growing up as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in Melbourne who finds herself in Israel hoping to build a new life. Grappling with the impossible demands of patients, beginning a family, a marriage that seems to be falling apart, through haunting memories the story reaches back into the deep past.

The Waiting Room is a powerful tale that took out the Voss Literary Prize for 2016 and we are excited to share some of the Author’s story. Leah Kaminsky is a doctor who has worked as a family physician for over three decades; her work covers themes of health, illness, trauma and war, and the power of story is something she is deeply passionate about.

Leah is now available for more bookings and is able to run sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics – her medical background coupled with creative writing make her speaking especially interesting.

Congratulations Leah!

Last night we were thrilled to get along to the Night of Notables, a bubbling evening which included the announcement of the Notable list for the CBCA Book of the Year awards. We heard from Susan LaMarca about the rigorous evaluation and heartache experienced by Book of the Year judges, and Shaun Tan reflecting on the process from the creatives’ perspective.

To capture just a snippet of the wonderful books and the creatives behind them, here is the list of notables for the Older Readers category for 2017:

The Book of the Year: Older Readers

The Hounded
Simon Butters
Wakefield Press
ISBN: 9781743053959

Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922182210
Words in Deep Blue
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781742612386
My Best Friend is a Goddess
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780732299903
The Bone Sparrow
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734417138
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780732296094
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573333
Becoming Aurora
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702254208
The Sidekicks
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143309031
The Ocean of the Dead
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760292188
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743315897
A Toaster on Mars
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922182869
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573166
Our Chemical Hearts
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573906
Forgetting Foster
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760110796
Everything is Changed
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702254161
The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales
Scale Free Network
ISBN: 9780992587253
One Would Think the Deep
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702253942
For the full list of notables, please visit the CBCA website

Thanks to The Little Bookroom for playing host to three of our favourites, Felice Arena, Robert Newton and Tristan Bancks.

New books, firefighting stories and a free dance lesson!

This week, Book Outers Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes released their much-anticipated ‘A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017’!

This fantastic book profiles some of the amazing players taking part in the AFL Women’s very first season, including Daisy Pearce, Darcy Vescio, Kara Juddy Donnellan, and Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

For even more women’s footy goodness, listen to The Outer Sanctum Podcast too – season 2 has just kicked off!