Steven Herrick has been a fruit picker, a storeman and a clerk. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He has written books of poetry for children and adults, and has performed his poetry in schools and at festivals in Australia and overseas. Herrick has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, including Arena, Hermes, Overland, Poetry Australia and Poetry USA.
'Meet Jesse James Jones. He's an eleven-year-old boy tackling big problems in life, especially being the new kid in school. Luckily, Jesse can confide in his friend Trevor. Problem is, Trevor is a poster of Jesus on his bedroom wall.
'Meet Hunter Riley. Hunter is the school bully and loves calling Jesse anything but his own name. With Hunter's catch phrase 'Ha!' and his mean words echoing through the grounds of their peaceful school, something or someone has to give.
'But will it be Jesse? Or is Hunter more than he seems?
'An inspiring and funny story about the little things that help to make everyone's world a better place.' (Publisher's blurb)
Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend2012single work children's fiction children's 'In a country town, in a school just like yours, the kids in Class 6A tell their stories. There's Mick, school captain and sometime trouble-maker, who wants to make the school a better place, while his younger brother Jacob just wants to fly. There's shy and lonely Laura who hopes to finally fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Popular Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera - whoever that is! For new teacher Ms Arthur, it's another world, but for Mr Korsky, the school groundskeeper, he's seen it all before.' Source: www.uqp.uq.edu.au/ (Sighted 02/07/2012).
Black Painted Fingernails2011single work novel young adult '"How about we toss a coin? Heads, it's west and a lift. Tails, it's still west, but no lift."
'James is heading into the country on his first teacher-training round when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: "You live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too..." At first James can't see past her wild hair and attitude, but then Sophie trusts him with a secret she's been keeping too long.
'Steven Herrick masterfully reveals the essence of his characters in this tough and tender story about opening up to love and living a life that's true. Black Painted Fingernails is a captivating novel by the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.' (From the publisher's website.)