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Sue Saliba Sue Saliba i(A14913 works by) (a.k.a. Susan Saliba)
Gender: Female
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Sue Saliba grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She worked as a high school English teacher before studying creative writing at RMIT. Inspired by a talk from the Dalai Llama, she developed an interest in Buddhism and moved to Thailand for 18 months. This experience would inspire her novel Imago, which was set in Thailand. Saliba returned to Melbourne, completed an MA in creative writing at Melbourne University, and subsequently taught novel writing at RMIT. In 2010, Saliba was living on Phillip Island, Victoria.

Most Referenced Works


  • Sue Saliba has also written a school reader, The Skin of a Star (1998).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon For the Forest of a Bird Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 6911999 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'A novel about love and the things you can and can't change, from the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for young adult fiction, Sue Saliba.

'Nella closed her hand in the pocket of her dress, and she felt the feather against her fingers. 'I want to tell you something,' she said, and it did not matter that there was no reply. 'I want to tell you that he's coming home. . . and it's going to be like it was before he went away, before everything broke apart.'

'Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It's a secret vigil she's followed ever since her father left.

'This year she's going to take him with her . . . but can we ever return to the way things were?' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
y separately published work icon Alaska Camberwell : Penguin , 2011 Z1788154 2011 single work novel young adult 'When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one you love is not all that you wish them to be?' (Trove record)
2012 winner Australian Publishers Association Awards APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's Fiction Book designed by Allison Colpoys
2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
y separately published work icon Something in the World Called Love Camberwell : Penguin , 2008 Z1561033 2008 single work novel young adult

'When Esma moves into 22 Starling Street, a share house, to begin her university life, she knows she's come to the right place. A place to forget the disappointments of her past. A place to become someone new. A place to belong. After all, her housemate Kara - with her perfect room and her perfect life - will show her the way.

As their friendship deepens, Esma believes she would do anything for Kara. But when Kara turns against their other housemate, Simon, Esma is set on a path on which she must decide where her true loyalties lie.' (From publisher's website)

2009 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
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