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Ursula Dubosarsky Ursula Dubosarsky i(A28497 works by) (birth name: Ursula Coleman) (a.k.a. Ursula Bridget Dubosarsky)
Born: Established: 1961 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Ursula Dubosarsky was born into a family of writers in Sydney in 1961, studied several languages at Sydney University and after graduating in 1982, taught French for a while to primary school children. She moved to Canberra for two years, working by day in the public service and by night writing a book that was to become Ziggy Zing (1991). She then travelled to Israel working on a kibbutz before returning to Australia. Her first book, Maisie and the Pinny Gig, illustrated by Roberta Landers, was published in 1989.

Ursula Dubosarsky has published many works of fiction for children and young adults including The White Guinea Pig, (1992) and The First Book of Samuel (1995), both influenced by her experiences in Israel, and non-fiction for children including an activity book The Word Spy Activity Book (2012), part of a series of works on language and grammar. She completed a PhD in English literature at Macquarie University on the work of the British authors Rumer Godden and Mary Norton. Her works have been well received not only in Australia but also overseas and she has won many awards.

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Awards for Works

The Blue Cat 2017 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English,' the children whispered...Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat .....' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Young Adult Book
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
The Talkative Tombstone 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Coco Carlomagno is the well-respected, if somewhat easily startled, Chief of Police in Buenos Aires. Alberta is his more sensible cousin. Together they crack the cases that confound this puzzling city.

'Coco's nerves are all a-jangle. Deep in a cemetery in Buenos Aires, the tomb of the famous, much-lamented tango singer Anibal Manzana has everyone baffled. It is talking! Could it be haunted?

'Luckily Coco has his commonsensical cousin Alberta on hand to help. Can they unravel this ghostly riddle?' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
Tim and Ed 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'By the much-loved storyteller Ursula Dubosarsky comes this bouncing story about two cheeky koalas brought to life by Andrew Joyner's classic artwork.

'Here is Tim. And here is Ed. Same ears, same eyes, Same feet, same head.

'Tim and Ed love to be together all the time. So what will happen when Ed goes away for the night?

'From the award-winning team that brought you The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in this House comes this energetic and delightful story about the beginnings of independence, and about being the same – but different!

'Tim and Ed is a tale to be read with laughter and enjoyed by all. '

2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
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