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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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1 y separately published work icon Fairy Cakes Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2021 20093376 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! Ill tell you all about them: I REALLY love making fairy gardens with my BFF, Matilda. My class is decorating cakes for the Foodie Fun Fair!!! I want my group to do a FAIRY cake with a HOUSE and a PLAYGROUND But all my group does is argue . . . Somehow I have to convince everyone that my cake idea is the best!' (Publication summary)

1 I Wrote a Memoir about Abuse. That Doesn't Mean You're Entitled to Every Detail Gemma Carey , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 October 2020;

'Some assume memoirists have given up their rights to privacy. According to Gemma Carey, this couldn’t be further from the truth.'

1 y separately published work icon Unicorn Parade Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 20092889 2020 single work children's fiction children's 'BOOK WEEK is coming up and I am going to make a super-amazing costume for the parade!!!

'But I have TOO MANY favourite books. How can I choose just one character to dress up as??? Also, a mystery author is coming to see the parade...

'I wonder who it is??? And everyone in my class is working on secret book week projects. I can’t wait to dress up with all my friends!' (Publication summary)
1 y separately published work icon Christmas Crackers Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 19688016 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'WARNING: You are about to read my UTTERLY BIGGEST SECRETS. Can I trust you? OK then. Im Ella, and this is my diary. Ella has SO MANY ideas for the class CHRISTMAS PROJECT that she calls a SPECIAL MEETING with her BFFs Zoe and Ammy. They want to do all the actoring, directoring and costume designering. And it would be even more aMAZing if there was a CHICKEN DANCE and a GIANT NUTCRACKER and SOME REINDEERS too! Ella cant wait to tell her whole class all about it!' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon No Matter Our Wreckage Gemma Carey , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19670325 2020 single work autobiography

'A ground-breaking, uncompromising and unflinching memoir about grooming, intergenerational trauma, grief and love.

'My mother knew I was abused as a child. She had read letters sent from my abuser to me…But she never spoke to me about them, or what they described. And she never intervened to stop the abuse…Now she is dying and the past is rising to the surface like a bruise.

'When Gemma Carey was twelve years old, a man twice her age would sneak into her bedroom on a weekly basis and sexually assault her. When Gemma was seventeen, she took the perpetrator to court without anyone else knowing and had him placed on the child sex offenders register. When she was thirty-three, her mother died of cancer. For twenty years, her mother had known about this man. But why had she not acted to protect her daughter? Could the genesis of this betrayal be found in her own family history?

'No Matter Our Wreckage is the story of past and present colliding. It seeks to capture the complexity of forces which lead to abuse; to understand the intertwined narratives of mothers and daughters and how trauma becomes encoded in our DNA through generations. It explores grooming and the intricacies of consent, and how as a society we have not yet figured out how to deal with these types of crimes or the people who commit them.

'No Matter Our Wreckage is a powerful, poetic and unflinching memoir about what it means not to matter, and how an extraordinary woman refused to listen to the stories she was being told about herself - by her history, by her abuser, by her mother, by society. It is only by speaking out that Gemma Carey learns she can break free from her past and reclaim her life, her self and her future.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Passion for Fashion Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18929242 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'The School Disco is just around the corner and Ella has an idea for a costume that will be adorable. And also excellent. And fantabulously fabulous! Soon, using Mums old sewing machine, Ella is stitching and gluing super-stylish outfits and costumes. When all her friends start sewing too, Ella realises that shes not the only one with a passion for fashion. Shes started an amazing sewing craze!!'(Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Dragon Catchers Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18674904 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'I have SO many super amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! I will tell you all about them: My family and I are going camping at Dragontail Creek!!! My BFF, Matilda, is also coming with us. But there are strange noises in the night. And we found some interesting tracks in the dirt!!! Could there be a dragon in our campsite??? One thing is for sure, it is time for Matilda and I to go dragon catching! Olivia x'   (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Grandmas Are Lovely Meredith Costain , Nicolette Hegyes (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 18674046 2020 single work picture book children's

'Grandmas are cuddly with arms that hug tight, they wrap you in dreams when they kiss you goodnight. This beautiful book celebrates the special bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Wildlife Rescue Meredith Costain , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2020 17201541 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella's heart is breaking! She just can't stop thinking about the tiny BABY POSSUM that she found lost in the park. Where did the rescuer lady take the poor little thing? Will it be LONELY? What will it eat? Her friends Ammy and Zoe don't seem to care, but Ella is determined to find out!' (Publication summary)

1 The Weight of Grief Gemma Carey , 2019 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 78 no. 4 2019; (p. 161-165)
1 y separately published work icon Olivia's Secret Scribbles : The Super-Amazing Collection Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 17059790 2019 selected work children's fiction
1 y separately published work icon Time to Shine Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 17039118 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella, Zoe and Ammy are excited to be working together on a SPECIAL PROJECT to present to their entire class! They plan the most aMAZing cooking video... but then everything goes wrong! First the recipes don’t work, and then Ella finds herself caught in the middle of a FIGHT between Zoe and Ammy! Can they get it together and finish their video?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon My Best Christmas Ever Meredith Costain , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2019 16890866 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'I have so many super-amazing and important things to write about! Ill tell you all about them: Its nearly Christmas Day! I cant wait!!! But Ive made a HUGE mistake! I sent our Santa letters to the wrong address! What if Santa cant find us??? I need a plan to make sure Santa doesnt miss us!!! And maybe even set some Santa traps too. I want to make this the best Christmas.'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon The Music Makers Meredith Costain , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2019 16890734 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! I'll tell you all about them: Our school had some musicians come and visit.

'They played different instruments and it sounded awesome!

'So now we want to make our own musical instruments and put on a show.

'But somebody keeps breaking our instruments! Who could it be? We need to find out who is doing it.

'This show needs to be super amazing! Olivia X' (Publication summary) 

1 What I Am / What I'm Not i "I'm not a sport kid", Meredith Costain , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: This is Home : Essential Australian Poems for Children 2019; (p. 128)
1 y separately published work icon Gym Squad Tumble Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15606540 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Ella and her friends all LOVE GYMNASTICS and they convince their whole class to do a special showcase for International Sports Day. Then Ammy chooses Ella's arch-rival, Peach, to be the PICOOTS (Person in Charge of Organising the Showcase). Suddenly, Ella notices that Peach seems to be getting all the special attention lately. It is SO UNFAIR. When will it be Ella's turn?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Box Car Racers Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15448261 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! 

'I'll tell you all about them:

  • Its Recycling Week at school!!!
  • Matilda and I have made box cars.
  • Our idea is so super-amazing that our whole class is going to make box cars so we can have a race!!!
  • But why hasnt Bethany made a box car? And why is she acting so sad? Sounds like she might need my help.

'Matilda and Olivia to the rescue! Olivia' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon The Big Chicken Mystery Meredith Costain , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15428248 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! Ill tell you all about them: Our school chickens need new homes!!!! Ive made some plans for the best chicken house, so they can live with me But when the chickens come home with me and my friends, their eggs seem to disappear We have to solve the mystery of the missing chicken eggs!!! Im going to get to the bottom of this chicken mystery! Olivia x'  (Synopsis)

1 y separately published work icon The Super-Secret Club Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 14820905 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Something very WEIRD is going on at school. Ella's second-best BFFs keep WHISPERING super-secretively in class and DISAPPEARING at lunch time. Then Ella finds a fancy envelope on her desk with an invitation to join SOAP, the Secret Organisation for Amazing People . . . is she about to get to the bottom of the mystery?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Super Science Stars Meredith Costain , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14873276 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'I have lots of super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! And I'll tell you ALL about them: Our school is having a super-awesome science fair!!!!

'The best group will win the TOP PRIZE. But there's a new girl, Bethany. She doesn't think my ideas are any good. . And what is that TERRIBLE smell in our classroom? Pee-yew! So, should we make gooey slime? Exploding volcanoes? Or maybe a time machine! I can't WAIT to decide!!!

'This is going to be the best (and messiest) project ever! Olivia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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