2012 has been such a busy year. I'm studying a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and YA at Hamline University in Minnesota, so I've been flying to the USA every six months for an intensive residency, as well as teaching and doing school visits.
My new verse novel, Runaways, will be out in April 2013. The last Littlest Pirate story - The Littlest Pirate and the Stinky Ship - will be out in February. Many of us (kids, teachers, parents, writers) are very sad that the Nibbles series will no longer be published. I feel very privileged to have another LP story as one of the last.
In 2012, Meet Rose, my first book in the Our Australian Girl series, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards! All four Rose books are now out, and I'm currently researching and writing for the new series, Do You Dare, which is for boys. My character, Jimmy, lives in Yarraville in 1915. Both my grandfather and great-uncle served in World War 1, and the research has brought me much closer to their experiences.
Also huge thanks to St Mary's Primary School in Altona who hosted the book launch for Pirate X! Photos below:
In April 2010 I attended the Association of Writing Programs Conference in Denver, and went on to South and North Carolina to explore the world of pirates.
This is the famous red velvet cake, spotted in a cafe in Charleston, SC. Not part of my research, but still beautiful.
Sherryl in Hong Kong 2009
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