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As part of Surf Coast Shire’s Surf Power Up Boost campaign, Claire Dunn, Booked Out’s favorite barefoot explorer and author of My Year Without Matches,  recounts her year spent living in the bush as nature’s apprentice.

You can catch the video here.

Paul Dillon has delivered professional development seminars for teachers and other professionals for many years. This year he will be expanding his DARTA Seminar Days to include Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth along with Sydney and Melbourne.

The Adelaide date is coming up quickly (Tuesday 27 June) so jump in now to book your place!

The one-day information session aims to provide teachers with some basic information on current youth AOD trends in Australia, with a particular emphasis on school-based young people. Using the most up-to-date statistics and research, the workshop aims to empower attendees by providing the facts around some of the issues in this controversial area.

Specific topic areas to be covered for each of the sessions will be made closer to the date, but a particular emphasis will be given to a close examination of the latest Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey and what these results mean for those working with school-based young people?

Please note that if you have attended a DARTA Seminar Day in the past the content will not be the same as for previous sessions.

To book your place or find out more, see the links below:

Lia Hills beautiful novel, ‘The Crying Place’, has been added to Reconciliation Australia’s Recommended Reading List. The book is an eye-opening exploration of love, home and country that delves deep into our personal relationships with the environment and each other.
Lia has an intimate knowledge of Indigenous culture and has undertaken extensive research on this and matters relating to Reconciliation. She can speak on these topics extensively and can guide students and readers towards a more profound understanding of the nation’s history.
If you would like to book Lia for a talk, we’d love to hear from you on 03 9824 0177.

Last year, screenwriter and inspirational speaker Declan Fay was busy writing the new ABC comedy series Ronny Chieng: International Student.  And this week it’s landing on our TV screens! Check out the trailer on YouTube here.

Suitable for talks, writing workshops, or a combination of the two, Declan’s sessions are hilarious, down to earth and inspirational.
For senior secondary levels, Declan is also happy to offer a double-period writing workshop, including a screening of one of the episodes of Ronny Chieng: International Student, a discussion of the inspiration behind it and then an activity focusing on the students own story ideas.

Call us on 03 98240 0177 to book a session with Declan.

A quick shout out to the fabulous Ailsa Wild and her collaborators,  for taking first place at the 2017 Book Design Awards for her part in the collaborative project, The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales.

This outstanding graphic novel, which depicts the invisible war between a field nurse and a lethal strain of bacteria in France, 1916, is a creative collaboration from artists, scientists, historians, and educators. It’s depth and clarity are unlike anything you’ve ever encountered and we are absolutely stoked that it came out on top!
Well done, guys!

Big Booked Out congratulations to Mark Smith and Zana Fraillon for making the shortlist for the the inaugural Readings Young Adult Book Prize!

The prize is awarded to the best new contribution to Australian young adult literature.

We are thrilled to hear that Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow, and Mark Smith’s The Road to Winter are both in the shortlist of six.

The authors are both making a big splash in schools and festivals around Australia and we are thrilled to hear they are receiving accolades for these two books.

To read more about the prize, visit Readings

Throughout June, Australia’s #1 award-winning author, Sally Rippin, will be on tour to celebrate the release of her new book, Polly and Buster, and as part of this, she will be delivering talks at several host schools around Australia.

Sally Rippin fans in Grades 1 – 4 are invited along to any of the following locations:


Lauriston Girls’ School Montrose, 38 Huntingtower Rd, Armadale, VIC, 3143
Friday 2nd of June from 9.30am – 10.30am

Antonine College – Cedar Campus, 130 Harding Street, East Coburg, VIC, 3058
Wednesday 14th of June from 10am – 11am

Beaconhills College – Berwick, 92 Kangan Dve, Berwick, VIC, 3806
Thursday 13th of June from 10am – 11am


Bondi Public School, 5 Wellington St, Bondi, NSW, 2026
Tuesday 6th of June from 10am – 11am


Our Lady of Rosary School, Kenmore, QLD 4069
Friday 9th of June from 11.30am – 12.30pm

The cost is $5 per head and you can bring as few, or as many, students as you like. The invitation is open to all students between Grade 1 – 4.

If you’d like to take part in this limited opportunity and want to see Sally in action, give us a call today on 03 9824 0177 or email us –

To hear the first chapter of this new book, do check out this video from Sally:

You can also view the teachers notes for Polly and Buster:

Hot off the Booked Out presses: we are delighted to announce that award-winning author, J.C. Burke will be down with us in Melbourne for Book Week!

A multi-award winning YA author, J.C. Burke has a long list of critically acclaimed books, including White Lies, The Red Cardigan, Faking Sweet, and CBCA Book of the Year 2006, The Story of Tom Brennan. Her latest release, The Things We Promise, delves into that quintessential time of uncertainty and fear – a girl’s first formal. Following her brother’s promise that she will look fabulous on the night, Gemma’s world quickly unravels when the family’s circumstances change dramatically. Gemma’s story, laden with emotion, humour and heartbreak, is a beautiful depiction of a young girl’s struggle in the face of change.

Her Book Week tour will fill up fast so get in touch today to secure your visit from J.C. Burke.

Our super talented speaker, Tristan Bancks is soon releasing a new book and we are BEYOND excited to get our hands on it.

The new thriller, ‘The Fall’, is due out on May 29th, just in time for winter reading when you’ll need a good dose of suspense to keep you toasty and warm!

Check out Tristan’s short video, telling you everything you need to know about ‘The Fall’ and click the link here to read a FREE sample chapter.

Tristan is almost completely full during his tour weeks but please do get in touch if you’d like to connect with Tristan via a Skype or online session.

Today we are spotlighting our fabulous speaker and award-winning author, Steven Amsterdam who has made the long-list of nominations for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award!

After winning The Age ‘Book of the Year’ award in 2009 for his post-apocalyptic novel Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven has now been long listed for his latest novel, The Easy Way Out.

Steven, who also works as a palliative care nurse, draws on the complicated theme of assisted suicide, making this latest offering a topical and thought provoking work of fiction – a must read!