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R. A. Spratt R. A. Spratt i(A121086 works by) (a.k.a. Rachel Spratt)
Gender: Female
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Script-writer specialising in television comedy and children's animation.

Rachel Spratt began work as a script-writer in the mid-1990s, working as a writer on a succession of scripted comedy programs, including Good News Week (1996), Good News Weekend (1998), GNW Night Lite (1999), and BackBerner (1999). By 1999, she had begun writing for animated programs, but continued to write for scripted comedy series, including spoof lifestyle program Life Support (2001-2003), David Tench Tonight (2006, co-written with Andrew Denton), Comedy Inc. (2004-2007), and Double Take (2009).

In 1999, Spratt became a writer on the Yoram Gross series Flipper & Lopaka, an animated series that paired the titular dolphin with a young Polynesian boy, and set them against everything from a power-hungry octopus to mystical tridents. She followed this with scripts for a succession of other children's series (mostly animated), including Bambaloo (2003), New MacDonald's Farm (2004), Raggs (2007), I Got a Rocket! (2006-2007, based on the book by Dean Gorissen and Matt Zurbo), Erky Perky (2008), Gasp! (2008, based on the books by Terry Denton), Pearlie (2009, based on the books by Wendy Harmer), and CJ the DJ (2009).

Among her awards for television is an AWGIE Award for Children's Television (for an episode of Gasp!).

Spratt is also an award-winning author of children's books.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Never Fear Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 14549407 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Friday's days at Highcrest are numbered!

'The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday's irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion.

'When a rumour emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain. Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? Will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she's in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian?

'With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart in order to find the gold that lies within.'  (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2019 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
y separately published work icon The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach Melbourne : Puffin , 2018 14243655 2018 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'Three squabbling siblings. One all too perfect next-door neighbour. A missing mum, a bumbling dad, a kooky cockroach mystery and an eccentric country town. What could possibly go wrong?

'Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong.

'Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world’s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids. '  (Publication summary)
 

2019 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
y separately published work icon Bitter Enemies North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2017 11512098 2017 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school’s anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour.

'Unfortunately, no one told the headmasters to stay out of mischief too! Which means Friday Barnes soon has a case to solve. But unravelling the truth isn’t easy when the whole school is being forced to eat paleo because the cook is on a diet; her best friend’s brother won’t stop blubbering about the terrible boat accident he may or may not have caused; and Friday is being trailed by a mysterious admirer – or is it a stalker?

'Can Friday find the facts among the mayhem? She’d better. The fate of Highcrest depends on it!'

2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
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