And with it comes an exciting line-up of new releases from Ford Street. This year is to be filled with wild and imaginative fantasies, chilling thrillers and adventures. There are stories for both children and teens alike, and sequels and new stories from our favourite authors.
First up in March comes Dance, Bilby, Dance, both written and illustrated by Tricia Oktober. With vivid and colourful illustrations, Bilby learns to dance across pages and into imaginations. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, Dance, Bilby, Dance comes out just in time for Easter, and makes a great companion to Tricia's other titles Butterfly and Oscar, Blue Moon and The Lost Tail (written by Patricia Bernard).
Next up in April comes the much anticipated sequel to DC Green's Monster School. Goblin Mafia Wars continues the adventures of PT, the human king of Monstro City, as he faces new challenges—like the fact that everyone wants him dead! With the help of his Dead Gang monster mates, will PT be able to prevent a goblin mafia world and save the world? For ages 10 and up.
Also out in April is a new, revised version of best-selling Isobelle Carmody's Alyzon Whitestarr. After an accident which temporally leaves Alyzon in a coma, she wakes up to find herself with a strange new ability. Alyzon can smell emotions, and perceive people's essences—and concurrently has a new sense for danger. Alyzon Whitestarr was the winner of the Aurealis Award for best young adult novel in 2005.
Out in May from new author Cheree Peters is Time Catcher, the first book in The Variants series. This post-apocalyptic tale follows Althea, who lives a luxurious life until she is kidnapped by the vicious Variants—but not everything is as it seems, and Althea is soon questioning everything she thought she knew. Time Catcher is recommended for ages 12 and up.
And don't forget that you can book any of our authors or illustrators (and many more) for your next event at Creative Net Speakers' Agency.
Now at creativenetspeakers.com
Here’s a sneak look at just some of our great middle years to YA novels during 2015:
[Wait till you read our other 2015 titles by Candida Baker and Mitch Vane, Michael Salmon, Adam Wallace and Jack Wodhams, Tricia Oktober and DC Green!]
It’s been a hectic but successful year for Ford Street and Creative Net. We grew out of our residence and moved into an office with a seminar room. We’ve even held our first seminar in conjunction with the CBCA. We look forward to hearing from anyone in Victoria who might like to hold an event here. And if you’re looking for authors and/or illustrators, remember Creative Net represents over 130 presenters. Creative Net worked in conjunction with The Children’s Charity Network and sent out many authors and illustrators across Australia.
Check out our website www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet. We don’t charge a booking fee for this service.
Among our most successful books this year were Andrew Plant’s The Poppy, Tricia Oktober’s Butterfly and Oscar and Gary Crew’s The Cuckoo.
Again, all the best for the festive season.
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Creative Net is hosting its first home base seminar this November 14 at the new warehouse in Abbotsford, Victoria.
With presenters Sally Rippin and Valanga Khoza (author and illustrator of Gezani and the Tricky Baboon), The Monster Who Ate Australia’s Michael Salmon, and Andrew Plant (The Poppy), it’s not a night to be missed.
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Creative Net is here to make the process of seeking and booking presenters a breeze. Key dates throughout the year will be busy times for ourselves and our presenters though, so now is the time to start organising. As they say, the early bird gets the worm.
Running between the 17-23rd May, Education Week isn’t just for the kids but for teachers and parents too. While a theme for 2015 has yet to be announced, these are dates that need to be scheduled into any good school’s calendar.
From the 22-28th August, schools and libraries across the country will be celebrating all things books! The theme is Books light up our world. With the CBCA also celebrating their 70th Anniversary, 2015’s Book Week will be bigger than ever.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
September 8th. Celebrate and advocate literacy in the month of September
Preferred audience: Years 5 – 10 (Ages 11-16) Scot Gardner was born in suburban Melbourne but has lived most of his life near the small rural town of Yinnar in Gippsland, Victoria. He got his big break in writing in 2001 after attending a writers' conference with Australia's grand master of realist young adult fiction, John Marsden.
Workshops Scot's books and talks could be broadly categorised as social realism and are suitable for upper primary to upper secondary aged audiences. He is both funny and thought-provoking and his workshops lean heavily on personal narrative – the stories that make us who we are.
Preferred audience: Primary school—anywhere from Prep to Grade 6 Adam Wallace is a qualified engineer and primary school teacher who discovered a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children. With thirty published titles under his belt, including Better Out Than In and the Pete McGee series, Adam is fast becoming a well-known and well-loved name in the world of children's writing. Workshops Adam's cartooning and writing workshops for primary schools focus on having fun and letting the children explore their creativity without fear of failure. Question time is included, helping students discover what it's like to be an author . . . well, that and how old Adam is and whether he's married. The workshops have proven to be fantastic for advanced and reluctant students alike.
Preferred audience: Primary talks prep – Grade 6, secondary talks girls only, writing workshops Years 3-10 co-ed, Chinese painting workshops Years 3-10 co-ed, teachers, parents Gabrielle Wang's stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. Her books are about ghost hunters and enchanted gardens, hidden monasteries and fox spirits. They are about belonging and home and finding strength from within. Her latest books are the Poppy books, part of the highly successful Our Australian Girl series published by Penguin. Workshops Gabrielle's primary school talks are a combined talk and drawing workshop. She discusses inspiration and shares stories and pictures then finishes with an illustration. The children come away buzzing with excitement at their own drawings.
Preferred target audience: Prep to Year 6 Mitch Vane works in a variety of mediums but her favourite is a good old-fashioned messy dip pen and India ink. She often collaborates with partner/Age writer Danny Katz & they are best known for the YABBA Award-winning Little Lunch series. (Little Lunch is currently being made as a 25 episode mockumentary series with the ABC due out in 2015.) Workshops Mitch concentrates on character development and laughter. She likes to brainstorm with the students to create a funny scenario on the whiteboard, giving a few drawing tricks of the trade, then gets them to create a character of their own. The emphasis is on ideas, not masterpieces & she encourages them to loosen up and think outside the box. It can get a little rowdy, but they always leave with some great drawings and lots of new ideas in their heads.
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