Award-Winning Author To Visit

To coincide with World Book Day, BSJ is looking forward to welcoming back for a second year the award-winning children's author and teacher, Ms Deborah Abela.

Ms Abela has written 25 books, including the Max Remy Superspy series, Grimsdon and New City, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa: A New Australian was inspired by her father, who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War Two. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, were inspired by her Grade 4 teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is called Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero.

Earlier in her career, Ms Abela was the writer/producer of a national children's TV show in Australia called Cheez TV. She has won many awards for her books including the USBBY Outstanding International Book Award, KOALA, YABBA, Aurealis & Speech Pathology Awards and the Maurice Saxby Award for services to children's literature.

Ms Abela is an ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation working to transform the lives of millions of children throughout Asia and Africa by improving literacy and gender equality in education. She is also a Role Model for Books in Homes, an Australian programme which has to date issued two million books to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.