Megan McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria. She spent a year in Japan as an exchange student during her secondary education and later completed a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of Western Australia. McKinlay has taught literature, Japanese and creative writing at tertiary level. Her poetry has appeared in a range of Australian journals and she has also written children's and young adult books (as Meg McKinlay).
'Strong-willed Jena lives in a village shrouded in superstition and secrets. Like all the other girls, she has been bound and broken since birth to make her small enough to gather precious mica, which keeps her people warm in winter. But after a tragic accident, Jena starts questioning everything she's ever been told, and the truth will have consequences she cannot predict - for everybody. This beautifully written, haunting novel warns of the consequences of blind following, and shows the important difference between appearance and truth. This is award-winning McKinlay's best yet.' (Publication summary)
'Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up? ' (Publication summary)
Ten Tiny Things2012single work picture book children's Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls - a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings. Getting from here to there may never be the same. -- Trove