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Justin D'Ath Justin D'Ath i(A22210 works by) (a.k.a. Justin John D'Ath)
Born: Established: 1953
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Male
Heritage: New Zealander
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Justin D'Ath is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood but left after three years. He has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, picked fruit and driven forklifts. He has written for motorbike magazines, and published for both adults and children. In 1995, Justin D'Ath was teaching Professional Writing at the Loddon Campaspe College of TAFE in the Mallee region of Victoria. For twenty years, he wrote only for adults, before trying his hand at writing for children after his daughter introduced him to contemporary children's books.

In 2012, Network Ten commissioned a live action television series based on D'ath's Extreme Adventures series.



Most Referenced Works


  • D'Ath was the winner of Alan Marshall Award 1987 and the Arafura Short Story Award in 1988 and 1989.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Lost World Circus 2013 Melbourne : Penguin , 2013-2014 Z1912420 2013 series - author children's fiction fantasy
2014 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's and Young Adult Series designed by Marina Messiha.
Stilled Lifes x 11 2012 single work short story young adult horror
— Appears in: Trust Me Too 2012;
2012 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Short Story
y separately published work icon Monkey Mountain Camberwell : Puffin , 2010 Z1676014 2010 single work children's fiction children's adventure

'There isn't really a word to describe the noise a volcano makes when it erupts. You don't just hear it, you feel it.


'A class trip to Borneo starts off with a bang - a visit to a real-life volcano! But when Mount Bako erupts, Sam Fox is left stranded with his teacher, Mr Griffin, who's suffering from a heart attack. They make it down the mountain to the cool blue sea - only to be hemmed in by blood-thirsty sharks...

'An action-packed adventure, Monkey Mountain is the hottest Extreme Adventure yet!' (from the publisher's website.)

2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Younger Readers
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