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Meredith Costain Meredith Costain i(A14867 works by)
Also writes as: Gemma Carey ; M.J. Costain
Born: Established: 1955 West Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Meredith Costain grew up in West Gippsland, Victoria. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and has edited children's literature magazines. Her first poem, titled My Little Creek, was published in The Age newspaper c1964. After attending university, Meredith became a teacher.

Meredith's first novel was publisher under the writing name Gemma CareyMusical Harriet was the first work of children's fiction penned under her own name. Meredith's work has been shortlisted for children's choice awards YABBA and WAYBRA, as well as the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and The Environment Award for Children's Literature.

In 2018, Meredith was awarded the Graham Davey Citation for her services to Australian children's literature.

Most Referenced Works


  • Meredith Costain also wrote works for the educational series 'Supa Doopers', 'Literacy Links', 'Reading Discovery' and 'Crackers'. She is also editor of the educational series 'Trend Fiction'.
  • For information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).

Personal Awards

2022 recipient KOALA Awards Legend
2018 winner YABBA Graham Davey Citation
2002 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Achievement For editing. (With Paul Collins)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Going Green Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10954297 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella’s school is going green! And there’s going to be an ELECTION to choose a Planet Protector CAPTAIN. Being Captain is Ella’s dream: she’ll be in charge of all the cool projects AND get to wear a sparkly uniform! But sneaky Peach Parker wants to be Captain too, and will stop at nothing to GET MORE VOTES. Will Ella get the TOP JOB, or will Peach rule the school once again?' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Fiction
y separately published work icon Friendship S.O.S. Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10723785 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella is on holiday on a LUXURY cruise ship. Its going to be AMAZING swimming pools, shopping mall, ice-skating ... and NO school for a week! Best of all, Zoe is coming too! But when a friendship catastrophe strikes, Ella's perfect holiday looks doomed! Can she find a new CRUISE BFF? Or will this voyage be FUN OVERBOARD? ' (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers
2017 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Pony School Showdown Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2016 8910485 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'WARNING: You are about to read my UTTERLY BIGGEST SECRETS. Can I trust you? OK then. I'm Ella, and this is my diary. Ella decides to join Zoe at Pony School for the holidays and when meanie Peach Parker turns up, they fear it will be the WORST idea EVER! But the tables turn when Peach is knocked off her perch by posh girls Letitia and Lavinia. Will Ella's love of horses be ruined by the new SNOBS in town? And most confusing of all . . . is Ella starting to feel sorry for Peach?' (Publication summary)

2018 honour book KOALA Awards Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers
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