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Oliver Phommavanh Oliver Phommavanh i(A118303 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Thai ; Lao
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BiographyHistory

Oliver Phommavanh is the child of a Laotian father and a Thai mother who migrated to Australia in 1971. Phommavanh grew up in western Sydney and trained as a teacher. In 2007, he left his teaching position at Lansvale Public School to concentrate on stand-up comedy and writing.

Phommavanh has a writing degree from the University of Western Sydney and a teaching degree from the University of Sydney.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2015 winner KOALA Awards Hall of Fame For both Con-Nerd and Thai-Riffic.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Other Christy Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9022835 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'For the last two years, Christy Ung has been in the same class as the loud-mouthed Christie Owens – and now it's 3rd time unlucky in 6C.

'Christie Owens is the popular one so everybody calls Christy Ung, the Other Christy. She moved from Cambodia in Year 4 and is still a loner at school.

'Christy's one solace is baking with her Auntie who suggests they bake a cake for Christy to share with her class on her birthday. Maybe a sweet treat can win them over and Christy might find a friend. She just didn't expect it to be Christie.

'When Christie is ditched by her besties, the two girls who share a name strike an unlikely friendship. Christy lets down her guard, revealing secrets about her weird upbringing with her clean-obsessed Grandpa. But Christy soon realises that she and her new friend are worlds apart. Can she ever shake off her Grandpa's strange habits? And will the two girls ever have more in common than just their name?' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Children's Literature
2017 shortlisted YABBA Fiction for Older Readers
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Con-Nerd Camberwell : Puffin , 2011 Z1779721 2011 single work children's fiction children's humour "There's this kid named Connor who is a nerd. Yep, he wears these mega glasses and kids think the only thing he's good at is studying. Connor's mum wants him to work hard to be a doctor. But what Connor really wants to do is draw crazy cartoons and gruesome dragons that fly off the page.

Nobody knows about Connor's special talent...until he falls for the cute Korean girl, Tori Kim. Beauty and the geek right? He doesn't have a chance.

Then Connor's classmates discover his pictures. His new friends are going to tell him how to be cool if he keeps drawing. Connor gets a makeover that will change the way people think about him. Before you know it, the whole school's reading his own manga comic called Fireproof Knights. Connor meets an arts teacher Mr Gale who gives him a chance to win a huge arts competition. So Connor starts a mission to win his mum's approval and hopefully Tori's heart. Does Connor have the desire to chase his dreams or is he destined to be a brain-throb?" (Source: Author's website)
2016 shortlisted YABBA Fiction for Older Readers
2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Older Readers
y separately published work icon Thai-Riffic Camberwell : Penguin , 2010 Z1697185 2010 single work children's fiction children's 'Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing to just eat pizza! At school he is a bit of a troublemaker, going to any lengths to hide his background. But when his best friend decides to become Thai for a day for a school project, Lengy stubbornly comes to the realisation that there may just be some pretty cool things about his culture.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 honour book KOALA Awards Older Readers
2012 honour book KOALA Awards Older Readers
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