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Stephanie Owen Reeder grew up on the northern beaches area of Sydney. She attended the University of Sydney, gaining a BA with a major in History and honours in Indonesian and Malayan Studies. She also attained a Diploma in Education, and subsequently taught English, history and languages at secondary schools in Sydney during the early 1970s.

Following a move to Canberra in 1975, Reeder completed a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship. She went on to complete a Masters in Education before taking up work as a Hansard editor at Parliament House, Canberra. She also has a PhD in Communication.

Reeder has published children's books and has written articles and reviews relating to children's literature. During 1986 and 1987 she was editor of Reading Time, the journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia. In her 'retirement', Reeder continues to write and publish for children. She has also worked as a freelance editor, writer, and reviewer.

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Marvellous Miss May : Queen of the Circus 2018 single work biography children's

'In 1901, aged just seven, tiny contortionist May Zinga was given away to Wirth Brothers Circus by her desperate mother. Imagine Miss May’s horror when the first thing the Wirths did was cut off all her long hair. Poor May had lost both her family and her crowning glory! But this feisty, talented and determined little girl did not give up. Despite many setbacks, including a horrific accident, she kept fighting to fulfil her dream of becoming the best bareback rider in the world, performing the same dangerous acrobatic feats as male riders––only better!

'This fourth title in Stephanie Owen Reeder’s award-winning Heritage Heroes series retells the remarkable true story of equestrienne May Wirth, while providing historical insights into life in an Australian circus at the beginning of the twentieth century.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's History Prize Young People's History Prize
Lennie the Legend : Solo to Sydney by Pony 2015 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie’s 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia’s history.

'Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way—a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Childrens
Amazing Grace : An Adventure at Sea 2011 single work children's fiction children's

'What would you do if a ship was wrecked just off your favourite beach?

'In December 1876, when the steamship Georgette ran aground near Margaret River in Western Australia, teenager Grace Bussell did not hesitate. Accompanied by stockman Sam Isaacs, Grace rode her horse straight into the boiling surf and saved as many people as she could. Like many of the passengers and crew on board the Georgette, Grace was an ordinary person who showed great bravery in an extraordinary situation.

'Step into the fascinating world of nineteenth-century sea travel and pioneering life, as you experience the exciting tale of the Georgette and the remarkable people involved in her final voyage.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner New South Wales Premier's History Prize Young People's History Prize
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