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'Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western NSW. After studying arts and education at the University of New England in Armidale, she worked as a primary school teacher.' (Source: Booktopia website)

Awards for Works

Olive of Groves 2015 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Olive lives with her beloved grandparents in a small, isolated community. Her grandparents have scrimped and saved to send her to boarding school where she can meet kids her own age. It's not exactly what Olive expected, in fact, Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers isn't what anybody really expected!

'Faced with disappointing her grandparents, Olive, who is not a boy nor a talking animal, pretends to be an acrobat so that she can stay on. Now she has a month to learn how to leap, somersault and overcome her fear of heights.

'With exploding lamingtons, a vicious school bully, talking animals and new faces, can Olive leap over these obstacles, become an actual acrobat and find a place to fit in?' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
The Girl Who Brought Mischief 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'When the newly orphaned Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm, Denmark, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern and grim, the islanders are reserved and joyless, and at school the children are not allowed to run wild or express themselves the way they did in Copenhagen - especially if you're a girl. Inge tries not to feel sorry for herself, but she misses her mama. And on top of everything else, mischief has a way of finding her no matter how hard she tries to be good... But could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Inge's grandmother and the island of Bornholm need? (Publisher's blurb)
2014 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2014 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
Red Dirt Diary : Drought, Super Rat and a Bagpipe-Loving Pig... a Year in the Life of Blue Weston 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Blue Weston's life is spiralling out of control. Her parents are sending her to boarding school next year. Her mad twin brothers are building pig chariots in the back shed. Her best friend has been abducted by zombies and replaced with a boy-crazy tween. And then there's the drought that's showing no signs of ending soon ... It's New Year's Day, and Blue has resolved to keep a diary of the year's events. It will be another hard year of dust storms and drought on her family's farm - with the odd leech attack and bagpipe-loving pig thrown in for good measure! Red Dirt Diary is the hilarious tale of eleven-year-old tomboy Blue Weston, who lives with her family on a property outside Dubbo. Illustrated with black-and-white diary doodles throughout, it's the perfect book for fans of Robin Klein's Penny Pollard series and of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series. Ages 8+' (Publisher's blurb)

2011 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
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