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Deborah Abela Deborah Abela i(A17937 works by)
Born: Established: 1966 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Deborah Abela began writing at the age of seven. After leaving school she pent time in Africa and then returned to Australia to undertake a degree in Communications. Abela later became the writer/producer of a national kids’ TV show called Cheez TV. She has also written many books for children and young adults.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bear in Space Melbourne : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19556896 2020 single work picture book children's

'Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time, and discovers just how far you can go with someone by your side.

'Bear is different. When he dreams of going into space, the other bears laugh. But Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time. In space he feels at home, but also alone, until something extraordinary happens. He discovers just how far he can go with someone by his side.

'A richly imagined story that celebrates difference, self-belief and the way friendship and acceptance can empower someone to build a better world.' (Publication summary)

2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Early Childhood
y separately published work icon The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2016 9642584 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India says she's not good enough but her family won't hear it and encourage her to sign up. There are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals: something in India's past has made her terribly, horribly shy, and moving on to each round involves finding the money to make it happen. And finally, there's Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a spoilt rich girl who is determined to win and isn't afraid to step on anyone who gets in her way' (publication blurb).

2019 shortlisted YABBA Fiction for Younger Readers
2017 recommended Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature Picture Book and Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Teresa : A New Australia Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2016 8775437 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island during the war. Life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life, and so apply to migrate to Australia to find it. But after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna back in Malta proud of her.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
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