Dave Hartley, a descendant of the Barunggam people of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla regions of Queensland is Deputy Principal of a Primary School in Logan City, Queensland, and writer. Hartley has worked in education for many years and had worked across many year levels prior to entering into school administration. In 2009, Hartley was awarded 'Gold Coast Teacher of the Year'
As a writer, Hartley with his co-author Scott Prince, was awarded the Kuril Dhagun Prize in 2013, for their first children's book, Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team. (Source: Brisbane Writers Festival website; North West Star newspaper website; State Library of Queensland websites).
'Eleven-year-old Dylan is cursed with an abnormality transforming him into a fully-grown man whenever he gets angry. His curse attracts the interest of the Broncos during a class excursion, but a secret like that won't stay secret for long… The action-packed, rugby league adventures of Deadly D and Justice Jones just got a whole lot deadlier. As Deadly D continues to be the NRL’s hottest superstar, Dylan’s secret has fallen into the hands of a nasty newspaper reporter who can’t wait to tell the world! How will Dylan and Justice stop the curse from being revealed?' (Publication summary)
'Eleven-year-old Dylan has to move from Mt Isa to Brisbane and he’s not happy. But as soon as he gets to Flatwater State School he finds a former Mount Isa Miner’s footy supporter in his principal and a ‘Broncos tragic’ as a teacher. He also makes a friend in Justice Jones and an enemy in Jared Knutz. Dylan is cursed with an abnormality transforming him into a fully-grown man whenever he gets angry. Always a worry, the ‘curse’ proves to be a blessing in the city when his alter ego attracts the interest of the Broncos during a class excursion to watch the team train. Dylan becomes ‘Deadly D’ – a star player with the fire to rival even the great Prince! But how will he continue to keep the ‘curse’ a secret?' (Source: Newsouth Books website)