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Carole Wilkinson Carole Wilkinson i(A30080 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 Derby, Derbyshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 31 Mar 1963
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Wilkinson emigrated to Australia at the age of 12 with her family and settled in Port Adelaide, where she was schooled.

After working for many years in as a laboratory assistant, Wilkinson turned to writing at the age of forty. Her first book, Stagefright, was published in 1986.

Although Wilkinson's Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly won the Eve Pownall Award at the 2003 Children's Book Council (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards, it was Dragonkeeper (published 2003) that really cemented Wilkinson's success: Dragonkeeper and its sequels have won KOALA Awards, Queensland Premier's Literary awards, Aurealis Awards, CBCA Awards, and Western Australian Young Readers' Awards, and have been shortlisted for many more, including being shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Award (NSW Premier's Literary Awards) three times for three books. Books from the series have been taught at La Trobe University and the University of New England. In 2017, an adaptation of the series was announced, a Chinese-Spanish co-production.

In addition to the works listed, Wilkinson has also written The Games: The Extraordinary History of the Modern Olympics, Fire in the Belly: The Inside Story of the Modern Olympics, and Atmospheric (which won an Environment Award for Children's Literature [Non-fiction] in 2016). Other publications include reference works for children on a wide range of subjects including shipwrecks and medieval knights.

Carole Wilkinson is the mother of the writer Lili Wilkinson.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bronze Bird Tower Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 9862685 2017 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Tao and Kai's journey has been long and at last they have arrived at the Dragon Haven – but what they find is not the sanctuary Kai has described. Are they unwelcome? Will they be made to leave? It seems they will be forced straight back into the clutches of the murderous nomad leader Jilong, who is intent on vengeance. How can Tao keep Kai safe? Being a Dragonkeeper is so much more difficult than Tao could have imagined. But when things are at their worst, help can come from the most unexpected places. And the least powerful can become a mighty force. Perhaps there is a place for dragons in this world after all. ' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
y separately published work icon Ten Pound Pom Melbourne : Black Dog Books , 2017 12207505 2017 single work autobiography children's

'I don’t want to go to Australia. I have just started grammar school. My best friend Sally goes there too. But it looks like there could be another war and Dad has convinced Mum to go. Because we’re migrants, the voyage is costing Mum and Dad only £10 each. My brother Brian and I are travelling free. It’s a long way to Australia. What if we never come back to England? In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson’s immigration to Australia.' (Publication summary)

2018 winner Educational Publishing Awards Australia Primary Educational Picture or Chapter Book
2018 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Atmospheric : The Burning Story of Climate Change Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2015 11022004 2015 single work information book young adult

'Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it's the hottest topic on Earth.

'We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouses gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth's climate.

'Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the most important book of your life.' (Source: back cover)

2016 winner The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Non-fiction
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