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Melissa Keil Melissa Keil i(A128716 works by)
Born: Established: Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Melissa Keil worked as an editor, high school teacher and a Middle Eastern tour guide before becoming an author.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Melissa Keil  is a Stella Prize Schools Program ambassador

     

Personal Awards

2019 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $30,000.00

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Young adult literature (for 12 to 18 years)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Secret Science of Magic Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11617885 2017 single work novel young adult

'Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring his homework, and not thinking about life after year twelve. He's not so good at talking to Sophia, the genius in his class who he's had a crush on for years. But with their time together in high school running out, he has to do something about it, soon - because if he's learned one thing, it's that timing is everything, Sophia is smart enough to know that geniuses like her can end up as socially inept recluses. 

'In fact, maybe she's halfway there already, what with the panic attacks and her best (and only) friend Elsie drifting away. All Sophia can do is seek refuge in what she understands best: maths, science, logic. But there's no logical explanation for the odd, almost magical things happening around her. And there are some things no amount of study can prepare you for... ' (Synopsis)

2018 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2018 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Young Adult Book
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2018 longlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
y separately published work icon The Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2014 7581899 2014 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Alba is an aspiring comic-book artist, pastry enthusiast and eternal optimist. She thinks life in her tiny town is awesome (if predictable) and she never wants it to change.

'Unfortunately Alba's just finished year 12 – so the only thing she can predict is that everything's going to change.

'Even so, Alba didn't see the end of the world coming. Apart from a questionable television psychic, no-one did. And for some reason, the world seems to be taking this guy seriously.

'As the tiny town is besieged by doomsday enthusiasts, Alba's life is thrown into chaos. The childhood friend she thought was gone forever unexpectedly reappears; the boy who has been her best friend forever is determined to leave; and even her latest comic book creation, Cinnamon Girl, is out of control.

'It could be the very last summer of Alba's life, but impending Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.* Alba is about to discover that when it comes to her heart, there may not be infinite time to get things right…' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2015 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2015 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
y separately published work icon Life in Outer Space Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2013 Z1904275 2013 single work novel young adult fantasy romance 'SAM KINNISON IS A GEEK, AND HE'S TOTALLY FINE WITH THAT.

He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft - and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won't.

Then Camilla Carter turns up instead. She's beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own - and he seems to be part of it.

Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he's been watching the wrong ones.

Life in Outer Space is Melissa Keil's brilliantly sweet and funny debut YA novel. It's also the first book ever to be signed up through the Ampersand Project, Hardie Grant Egmont's initiative for emerging YA writers.' (Publisher's blurb)
2016 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
2014 winner IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award
2014 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2014 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2013 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
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