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Susanne Gervay Susanne Gervay i(A15032 works by) (a.k.a. Susanne Julia Gervay)
Born: Established: ca. 1950 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Susanne Gervay was born in Australia of Hungarian parents. She has a BA from the University of Sydney, an MA in Creative Writing for the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Education degree from the University of New South Wales. Gervay has lectured in a variety of areas, including at conferences, writers festivals and writers centres and has published short stories and poetry in many major Australian literary journals. Her works for children have received numerous awards and recommendations from educational and community groups.

Gervay was a member of the NSW Writers' Centre Management Committee (2007-2009).

Gervay has twice been nominated for the prestigious international Astrid Lindgren Memorial (2019, 2020).

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages: ENGLISH

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Heroes of the Secret Underground Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 21266120 2021 single work children's fiction historical fiction children's

'A timely and powerful time-slip story inspired by the author's family in Budapest during the Holocaust

'Louie lives with her brothers, Bert and Teddy, in a hotel run by their grandparents. It is one of Sydney's grand old buildings, rich in history ... and in secrets.

'When a rose-gold locket, once thought lost, is uncovered, it sends Louie and her brothers spinning back in time. Back to a world at war: Budapest in the winter of 1944, where their grandparents are hiding secrets of their own ...

'From bestselling author Susanne Gervay comes a heart-racing timeslip story inspired by her own family's escape from Budapest during the Holocaust.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2022 winner Crystal Kite Award Australian and New Zealand Division
2021 longlisted HNSA Historical Novel Prize Children and Young Adult
y separately published work icon Being Jack Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2014 8454961 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Jack is in Year 6 now and still loves his photography, surfing, and crazy family. Things are going well for him, particularly at school where he isn't bullied any more. But he notices that his best friend Christopher is being taunted and is starting to miss school and hiding out and avoiding everyone. And when a football match turns ugly and Jack and Christopher witness some unfair dirty play, they know that, again, the bullying has to stop. ' (Publication summary)

2016 first prize SWW Book Awards Children
y separately published work icon Gracie and Josh Ormond : Ford Street , 2013 Z1926014 2013 single work picture book children's 'Gracie is one of the beautiful characters of this world, as she sings Incy-Wincy dressed in her make-shift spider outfit with its stuffed sausage legs. She works busily finding spider stories for her brother Josh and gets angry at doctors who make Josh take off his beanie. She holds onto her mum as she asks when Josh will come home.

Her brother Josh is funny and strong and there for his sister Gracie. Josh is a movie maker and Gracie is a star. Together they make a film that celebrates their relationship and the wonder of every day for every one of us.

Endorsed by Variety, the children's charity, helping children live life to the fullest.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children (2005-2013)
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