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Burning Sea

The Burning Sea


by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen



There is no lower rank than cabin boy on the warship Invincible. But Dantar knows he is important, because anyone who threatens his life gets turned into a pile of ashes. His older sister Velza is a shapecasting warrior, in a world where only men fight. Until now. Together they must solve the mystery of broken magic and escape the dragon.


Blue Moon

Blue Moon


by Tricia Oktober



'Cat kneads and treads, weaving a dream mat. All cats make them … to sleep on and to dream.' Each blue moon, cats come together in a fabulous dream that lasts until dawn. Follow Cat’s adventures in the fantastical garden and see if you can spot the famous cats, fishbone ferns, the pussy willows and tiger lilies. And could that be a meerkat tangled up with Cat’s dreams?


Celia and Nonna

Celia and Nonna


by Victoria Lane, illustrated by Kayleen West



Celia and Nonna is a significant and heart-warming picture book about the special bond between children and grandparents– and what happens when life changes. Grandparents ageing is a universal experience, yet it is rarely told in picture book form. In this story, young Celia finds a delightful and positive way to navigate this confusing time.


Gezani and the Tricky Baboon

Gezani and the Tricky Baboon


by Valanga Khoza, illustrated by Sally Rippin



Bananas, bananas, bananas on my head! Gezani sets off to deliver a bunch of bananas to his cousins on the hill. But along the way he meets Tricky Baboon who is feeling very hungry. Baboon tricks Gezani into leaving him the bananas. It is up to Gezani to teach Tricky Baboon a lesson!


Butterfly and Oscar

Butterfly and Oscar

by Tricia Oktober


Footy Dreaming

by Michael Hyde

The Iron Claw FRONT

The Iron Claw

by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen


Dragonfall Mountain

by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen





Ford Street


Best wishes for 2017 from Ford Street and Creative Net Speakers’ Agency

Everyone is welcome to the launch of Paul Collins’ Harry Kruize, Born to Lose and Michael Panckridge’s Legends books Down the Line and Clearing the Pack.

Michael Pryor will be our launcher for the afternoon. Come along and have a chat with him and many other authors and illustrators who will be in attendance.

Where: 162 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Date: Sunday March 19
Time: Noon
RSVP March 15, Terrie,
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Upcoming Titles

Check out our latest titles due soon:
Harry Kruize, Born to Lose by Paul Collins
Down the Line and Clearing the Pack by Michael Panckridge
Glitch, by Michelle Worthington and illustrated by Andrew Plant
Ready, Steady, Hatch! by Ben Long and illustrated by DM Cornish
Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Janine Dawson.

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Book Week

CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017 runs from 18-25 August.

The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere.

Go to Creative Net Speakers’ Agency to book an author/illustrator visit to make your Book Week extra special.



Themed Workshops

Looking for an author or illustrator to cover ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day?

Andrew Plant the author/illustrator of The Poppy is based in Victoria, while Pamela Rushby, the author of Flora’s War, is available for workshops in Queensland.


Literary Festivals

Thinking of hosting a literary event? Contact us for a quote. It’s not as expensive as you might think. We provide the authors and illustrators, the MC, schedule, and show bags – the lot!

Contact Paul Collins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.


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New Short Story Collections

Ford Street’s publisher, Paul Collins
(in collaboration with Meredith Costain and illustrated by Anil Tortop), has two new collections of short stories out with Scholastic in February.

Check out 6 Minute Stories for 6 year olds and 7 Minute Stories for 7 year olds.

[ISBNs 9781760156992 & 9781760157005]

Creative Net News

David Caddy is now represented by Creative Net Speakers’ Agency.

Welcome to the team!

Remember, we don’t charge a booking fee!



Grand Opening

Gondor Writers' Centre's new workshop venue at Landsborough (Qld) is ready to go!!

Please join us for our opening party on February 11th at 2 pm.
Meet author Paul Collins who will launch the venue.

All attendees will go into a draw to win a FREE workshop of their choice.

See the website for more details:

New Distributors

Just a reminder that we're now represented by NewSouth Books and distributed by TL Distribution. Contact details below.

Best wishes,
The Ford Street team

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Younger Readers

Marcy and Too Cool Welcome Home Ships in the Field gracie-and-josh-450  
The Down Under 12 Days of Christmas The Down Under 12 Days of Christmas Activity Book Bobo My Superdog Pirate Gold The Monster Who Ate Australia CELIA NONNAfront
Bat Attack Snake-Surprise Shark-Frenzy Toads Revenge Tiger Terror Blood Money
Rufus the Numbat Big-and-Me Chasing Shadows I Wish my Mum was an Octopus Jamie Brown is NOT Rich Found You
Gezani and the Tricky Baboon Riley and the Grumpy Wombat Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo Butterfly--Oscar FRONT lost-tail-450 Blue Moon
Belinda, the Ninja Ballerina The Chocolate Vampire Dance Bilby Dance 450  Cuckoo Clock HB FRONT  Spark cover  Valdur the viking cover

Middle Readers

In The Beech Forest Finding Home The Cuckoo Crime-Time-450r The Star The Glasshouse
Icecream Man My Extraordinary Life and Death Monster school Goblin Mafia cover 2 Trust Me Trust Me Too
GamersQuest Gamers Challenge Gamers Rebellion Spell of Undoing Equen Queen Gimlet Eye
The Poppy Footy-Dreaming-450 The Vanilla Slice Kid Greylands Three cover  
Burning Sea Dragonfall-Mountain-450 The Iron Claw FRONT Trial by Dragons Voyage to Morticas The Guardians
against the spin cover chasing the break cover      

Older Readers

Crossing-the-Line Mole Hunt Dysons Drop The Only Game in the Galaxy Solace and Grief Key to Starveldt
F2M Dragonlinks dragonfang dragonsight Wardragon  In Lonnies Shadow
Before-the-Storm Changing Yesterday Riggs Crossing They Told Me I Had to Write This Floras War  My Private Pectus
 Pool  Dead Dog in the Still of the Night  Rich & Rare  Voicing the Dead  Scatterlings  alyzon cover
Time Catcher cover

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Teacher's Notes

Extensive teacher's notes are available for many of Ford Street's titles.

To download a PDF, click HERE.

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