Preferred audience: Upper primary then lower secondary (up to and including Year 8)
Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what it is kids want to read. Ten years later he finds himself the author of over 35 books – his work ranging from the best-selling Legends and Anniversary Legends series, the Toby Jones series (a rich blend of cricket and fantasy), through to his latest novels including The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal – adventure books with elements of mystery and intrigue that keep the reader guessing. His latest series is The Book of Gabrielle – a sinister tale about a girl without a past and an extraordinary ability to see things others can’t.
Michael is happy talking to small or large groups of children – yr 3s to yr 7s. He presents informative and engaging general author talks that focus especially on encouraging reluctant readers to read! Michael is also willing to run writing workshops with similar aged groups of students. As an experienced teacher, Michael is well able to motivate and entertain children.