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Natalie Jane Prior Natalie Jane Prior i(A28472 works by)
Also writes as: Jane Nussey
Born: Established: 1963 ;
Gender: Female
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1 y separately published work icon Naughty Dragon Fire Up! Natalie Jane Prior , Richmond : Hardie Grant Books , 2021 21528278 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'In the Laidley Hundreds, dangerous wild dragons roam the Highlands. But dragons aren’t born bad – just naughty!

'It’s Dragon New Year, a week-long, once-in-a-lifetime event, and Ava and Jack can’t wait to celebrate with Graun and Fafnine! There’ll be picnics, parties, a bonfire and – best of all – a majestic fireworks display. But with two naughty dragons on the loose, and a set of self-important dragon triplets on a mission to bring them down, the celebrations soon turn into a disaster of epic proportions. Have the naughty dragons finally gone too far?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Naughty Dragons Try School! Natalie Jane Prior , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2021 20737629 2021 single work children's fiction children's 'In the Laidley Hundreds, dangerous wild dragons roam the Highlands. But dragons aren’t born bad – just naughty!
 

'Graun and Fafnine have settled in perfectly with Ava and Jack’s family, but now it’s time for a whole new challenge – school!
'Jack and Ava are thrilled to be able to start flying to class, and Graun and Fafnine are excited to start dragon lessons. But they soon discover that school isn’t all fun and games – there are new rules to learn, and not all of the dragons in their class are nice.
Will Graun and Fafnine be able to stay out of mischief, or will these two naughty dragons cause trouble again?'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 y separately published work icon Naughty Dragons Make Trouble Natalie Jane Prior , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 19124124 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'In the Laidley Hundreds, dangerous wild dragons roam the Highlands. But dragons aren’t born bad – just naughty!

'When Ava and Jack’s parents agree to foster two young dragons, the siblings can’t believe their luck. But teaching a mischievous pair of dragons how to behave isn't easy, and Jack and Ava will have their work cut out for them with Graun and Fafnine. They might look sweet, but don’t let that fool you – these dragons can cause trouble like you wouldn’t believe.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Naughty Dragons Natalie Jane Prior , 2020 Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2020 19124084 2020 series - author children's fiction children's
1 y separately published work icon Wandering Star Natalie Jane Prior , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15647316 2019 single work picture book children's

'I have a horse, a beautiful horse,

'and her name is Wandering Star.

'We roam wild and free, from the hills to the sea,

'and it’s magic wherever we are.

'Follow this truly enchanting story of discovery, adventure and wonderful friends by two much-loved Australian picture book creators.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 A Boat of Stars i "A boat of stars came down tonight", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 114-115)
1 I Love Christmas i "Christmas time is almost here,", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 110-111)
1 Engineer i "Our mum has an office,", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 96-97)
1 First Flight i "I'm standing in the airport and", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 76-77)
1 Owl Mouse i "Owl in the night, owl in the tree.", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 60-61)
1 Sausage Dog i "I took my mummy to the park,", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 46-47)
1 Shivery i "Shivery", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 41)
1 Purple i "Some mornings, I just want to write in purple.", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 33)
1 I Think My Dog's a Police Car i "I think my dog's a police car,", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 24-25)
1 Rocket i "I'm a rocket! Watch me fly", Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 14-15)
1 From the Editors Margaret Connolly , Natalie Jane Prior , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant 2018; (p. 7)
1 y separately published work icon The Magic Bookshop Natalie Jane Prior , Sydney South : ABC Books , 2018 14509729 2018 selected work short story children's fantasy

'On rainy afternoons, when it's too wet to play outside after school, Ben goes to his grandfather's bookshop. But with secret doors and passages, and tigers under the floorboards, there's much more going on than Ben could ever have imagined.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon A Boat of Stars : New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Margaret Connolly (editor), Natalie Jane Prior (editor), Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 12934112 2018 anthology poetry

'A beautiful anthology of new Australian poetry for preschool and primary-aged children, from some of our country's finest writers and illustrators.

'A boat of stars came down tonight
and sailed around my bed -
it sprinkled stardust on my eyes,
put dreams inside my head

'Open worlds of imagination and explore themagic of everyday life with this enchanting new collection of poetry from some of Australia's most-loved writers and illustrators.

'Perfect for the classroom and the home, A Boat of Stars will bring a love of language, rhythm and rhyme to every child.' (Publication Summary) 

1 1 y separately published work icon Lucy's Book Natalie Jane Prior , Cheryl Orsini (illustrator), Sydney : Lothian , 2017 9909097 2017 single work picture book children's

'Lucy loves to read, but there is one special book that she borrows from the library over and over again. The book is shared with her friends, dropped in the ocean, flown to China and even made into a banana sandwich. But what will Lucy do when her favourite book goes missing?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 A Life in Libraries : Writing Lucy's Book Natalie Jane Prior , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 32 no. 1 2017; (p. 11)

One of the most important decisions of my life life tool place in a school library. It happened in Brisbane, about 1973. An ordinary sort of day. I headed for the library as soon as my lunch was eaten and, standing be the circulation desk, I looked at the shelves full of books and made myself a promise. 'When I grow up,' I told myself. "I'm going to be a writer. Other people might think it's better to write for grown ups, but I'm going to write children's books, and one day, my books are going to be on the shelves of this library.' (Introduction)

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