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Kate Constable was born in Victoria but spent much of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, without television but within reach of a library where she "inhaled" stories. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University before working part-time for a record company while she began her life as a writer. She has had stories published in Meanjin, Island and other literary magazines.'

Source: Allen and Unwin website,
Sighted: 13/02/2008

Awards for Works

Crow Country 2011 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'Beginning and ending, always the same, always now. The game, the story, the riddle, hiding and seeking. Crow comes from this place; this place comes from Crow. And Crow has work for you.

'Sadie isn't thrilled when her mother drags her from the city to live in the country town of Boort. But soon she starts making connections - connections with the country, with the past, with two boys, Lachie and Walter, and, most surprisingly, with the ever-present crows.

'When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Children's Literature Award
2012 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2012 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2011 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
Cicada Summer 2009 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into the past? An exciting and atmospheric mystery, poignant and gripping, exploring themes of family, friendship and grief.

'Something flickered at the top of the stairs. Eloise heard a voice call, I'm coming!, and a girl in a pale dress and a big sunhat came running, her fingertips slipping down the curve of the slim iron railing. Eloise went cold all over. She couldn't move, or breathe; her mouth was dry. At the bottom of the steps, the girl in the pale dress faltered, then stopped. For a fraction of a second she stood motionless, as if she were listening. Then all at once she turned and stared straight at Eloise. And suddenly the foyer was empty. The ghostly girl was gone.

When Eloise's get-rich-quick dad moves them back to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention center, Eloise feels an immediate bond with the old house. She begins spending all her time there, ignoring her strange grandmother and avoiding the friendly boy next door. Then Eloise meets a "ghost girl" who may or may not be from the house's past, and events take a strange—and ultimately dangerous—turn. Beautifully written, poignant, and gripping, this is a charming and atmospheric story of personal growth, overcoming grief, and the true nature of friendship and family. ' (Publication summary)

2010 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
2010 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2009 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Children's (8-12 Years) Novel
Winter of Grace 2009 single work novel young adult 'At a peace rally, Bridie and Stella rescue a cute Christian boy. He introduces Bridie to a whole world she never knew existed. The girls' friendship has survived Stella changing schools, both girls being interested in the same boy, and so much more. But what will happen when Bridie's new interests and ideas collide with Stella's?' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 joint winner Children's Peace Literature Award Joint winner with 'Audrey Goes to Town' by Christine Harris and Ann James.
Last amended 13 Feb 2008
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