Justin D'Ath i(109 works by) (a.k.a. Justin John D'Ath)
Born: Established: 1953
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Male
Heritage: New Zealander
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Justin D'Ath is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood but left after three years. He has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, picked fruit and driven forklifts. He has written for motorbike magazines, and published for both adults and children. In 1995, Justin D'Ath was teaching Professional Writing at the Loddon Campaspe College of TAFE in the Mallee region of Victoria. For twenty years, he wrote only for adults, before trying his hand at writing for children after his daughter introduced him to contemporary children's books.

In 2012, Network Ten commissioned a live action television series based on D'ath's Extreme Adventures series.


  • D'Ath was the winner of Alan Marshall Award 1987 and the Arafura Short Story Award in 1988 and 1989.

Awards for Works

Monkey Mountain 2010 single work children's fiction children's adventure

'There isn't really a word to describe the noise a volcano makes when it erupts. You don't just hear it, you feel it.


'A class trip to Borneo starts off with a bang - a visit to a real-life volcano! But when Mount Bako erupts, Sam Fox is left stranded with his teacher, Mr Griffin, who's suffering from a heart attack. They make it down the mountain to the cool blue sea - only to be hemmed in by blood-thirsty sharks...

'An action-packed adventure, Monkey Mountain is the hottest Extreme Adventure yet!' (from the publisher's website.)

2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Younger Readers
Pool 2007 single work novel young adult mystery fantasy

'Something strange has happened to the public swimming pool at New Lourdes, Victoria. The water is no longer level and is rumoured to have curative powers. When sixteen-year-old Wolfgang Mulqueen takes a summer job at the pool, he meets Audrey, a blind girl who claims she's nocturnal.

'With the discovery of a butterfly unknown to science, and an unusual request from Audrey's father, Wolfgang finds himself drawn into an eighteen-year-old mystery, the tragic resolution of which will change his life forever.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2008 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
Last amended 29 Dec 2012
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