Justin D'Ath i(105 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
Shark Bait 2006 single work children's fiction children's adventure Sam and a young Japanese tourist are swept off a coral shelf by a freak wave and must survive in an ocean where predators are circling.
2009 shortlisted BILBY (Books I Love Best Yearly) Awards
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