Barry Jonsberg i(22 works by) (a.k.a. Peter Jonsberg)
Born: Established: Liverpool, Merseyside,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1999
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Barry Jonsberg went to school and university in his native England, gaining two degrees in English from Liverpool University. He lectured in English at College level and continued teaching after moving to Australia. Jonsberg changed from full-time teaching to relief teaching in 2004 in order to devote more time to his writing. Jonsberg lives in Darwin.

Personal Awards

2011 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $50,000 for young adult literature writing.
2006 Literature Board Grants Grants for Developing Writers $25,000 for young adult literature writing.

Awards for Works

My Life as an Alphabet 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension. These are people [with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish] who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs. This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it.

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.' (Publisher's blurb)
2016 shortlisted YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2015 shortlisted Western Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
2014 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Young Adult
2014 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Children's Literature
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2014 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2014 shortlisted Northern Territory Book of the Year Award Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award
2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2014 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2014 winner KROC Awards Fiction Years 7-9
2013 shortlisted Children's Peace Literature Award
2013 winner Inky Awards Gold Inky
Being Here 2011 single work novel young adult

'Sixteen-year-old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. But Leah resists, determined instead to tell her own story: that of a lonely child on an isolated farm, a girl whose only escape is into the world of books. And when Adam appears in the orchard Leah discovers a friend. A secret friend.

'Leah draws Carly in with the magic of story - to her present, her past, her secrets, and her unique friendship with Adam.

'Being Here is a beautifully told story about a girl whose rich imagination rescues her from a grim reality, and an unlikely boy who changes everything. A compelling novel about love, faith and consequences.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2011 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Young Adult Book
2011 commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
Blacky Blasts Back! : On the Tail of the Tassie Tiger 2010 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Blacky's back, smellier than ever. And he's got a new mission for Marcus and Dylan: track down the very last Tassie tiger and save it from extinction. Simple, really.

'But throw in some bumbling thylacine hunters, a bully out to get you, a hairy Scotsman on your trail, and anything can - and will - happen.

'Especially as time is running out.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
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