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R. A. Spratt R. A. Spratt i(A121086 works by) (a.k.a. Rachel Spratt)
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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.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Near Extinction Sydney : Puffin , 2020 18901329 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Dinosaurs will be glad they’re extinct once they’ve had a visit from The Peski Kids!

'The annual geography excursion was supposed to be educational, but with The Peski Kids on board it soon turns into chaos. April tries to smash her way out of a moving bus, Fin gets his head bitten by a dinosaur, Joe finds himself carrying around a beautiful girl with two fake sprained ankles and Loretta gets over enthusiastic with a butane torch. That's all before the criminals turn up and hijack the school bus.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
y separately published work icon Stuck in the Mud North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 16888924 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Things are about to get messy for the Peski Kids as mud-run madness descends on Currawong! 

'Chaos parachutes into Currawong when the annual Mud Run hits town. The Peski kids are soon swept up in the festivities. Or in April’s case, strapped to a vision-impaired competitor in the race. 

'Can Joe beat the fierce opposition? Can Fin hit Joe with a giant mud ball? Can April make it through a school day without getting expelled? Who knows? But when the prize money goes missing someone has to figure out what really happened under all that mud!' (Publication summary)

2020 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
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
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