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Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow has been garnering acclaim with young and old readers alike, and now it has been recognized again, by the Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

The Bone Sparrow is the story of Subhi, whose imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky. But his world is much smaller: he’s spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre.

One of the judges, Lili Wilkinson, writes of the book;  ‘ The Bone Sparrow is one of those books that never really leaves you. The simple, beautiful prose is such a pleasure to read, almost lulling you into a false sense of security, before you receive the sickening gut punch of reality – this story is really happening, and it’s really happening in our own country. The Bone Sparrow is important, it’s a story that must be told, a story we must confront. At times it is bleak, but it is also a celebration of warmth, hope, humour and humanity.’

Along with winning the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, The Bone Sparrow has been Shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016, selected as a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2017 and longlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2017

To read the full release, please visit the Readings Blog

Mark Carthew, one of Booked Out’s fabulous speakers and author of The Great Zoo Hullabaloo, has been short-listed for the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award! The Great Zoo Hullabaloo follows the adventures of Jess and Jack, two friends on a mission to solve the puzzling mystery of a zoo without animals. Through the magical imagery of illustrator Anil Tortop, and the whimsical language of Mark Carthew, the story beautifully evokes the spirit of adventure through a playful and engaging rhyming expression. Congratulations, Mark!

Adrian Beck and Heath McKenzie have released a new book, and with it, a fabulous new trailer!  Click on the image below to watch the hilarious video, bought to us by Beck Power.





For more information about The Alien Zoo… And You! visit Affirm Press.

Hello there!

Lot’s of schools are back today, so welcome! We hope you are settling back into the classroom.

Here in the Booked Out Office we are busily finalizing Book Week engagements, and making sure we are all systems go for the busiest term of the year!

Coming up this Term we have some brilliant interstate visitors coming to Victoria, and we are sending some brilliant people to other states too. Check our tours page to see who is going where.

We are also looking forward to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards announcement – just one month away now!. Check out the CBCA website to see who is on the shortlist.

If you would like to make an enquiry for a special Term 3 visitor, don’t hesitate to let us know. Angela, Erinna, Gemma and Hannah are all here, refreshed after the break, and looking forward to talking to some enthusiastic teachers (hopefully you!).

Here’s to a happy Term 3!

(This is us getting ready for our own Book Week costume parade)

30 June 2017
Gap Year in Ghost Town


Michael Pryor is one of Australia’s leading Science Fiction and Fantasy authors. He has a count of over a million words on print, with more than 35 books, and over fifty short stories to his name. Michael has been shortlisted seven times for the Aurealis Awards and seven of his books have been CBCA Notable Books. He has a new story coming out in August 2017.

Gap Year in Ghost Town.

Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after violent ghost manifestations in their town reach an all time high. Anton wants to help the ghosts, but Rani Cross wants to slice, dice and put them back into the ground. This duo has to come together to keep their city safe. A smart, snappy, funny and scary ghost-hunting adventure, with lots of action and attitude.

New Zealand born writer, Alan Brough has always loved books, and even from an early age wanted to be a writer. Though he has had a career that spans many different things (dancing, directing and singing, to name a few), he recently decided he still wanted to be an author and hopes that his biography will one day include phrases like ‘bestselling’, and ‘award-winning’. Alan’s new book ‘Charlie an the Karaoke Cockroaches’, sequel book to ‘Charlie and the War Against the Grannies’ comes out on the 27 of June, 2017

Charlie returns to the pages in a more whimsically hilarious adventure than ever before. There are lurkers, strange teachers and orchestral insects. A mysterious box speaks and sings. There’s even a botching burglar. It’s all up to Charlie and Hills to save the day and protect three bugs from dark forces.

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.