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Isobelle Carmody Isobelle Carmody i(A30526 works by) (a.k.a. Isobelle Jane Carmody)
Born: Established: 1958 Wangaratta, Wangaratta area, North East Victoria, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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1 Isobelle Carmody on Daniel Findlay's 'Novel of Revelation' Isobelle Carmody , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 September 2017;

'The acclaimed fantasy author dives into the apocalyptic world of Findlay’s ambitious first novel, Year of the Orphan.'

1 Isobelle Carmody Isobelle Carmody , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: #SaveOzStories 2016;
'My name is Isobelle Carmody. I am fifty-eight years old. I have written more than thirty books and many short stories. My books have been largely published for children or young adults though I have written for adults, too. I wrote my first book in 1972, when I was fourteen years old. That was Obernewtyn, which was published in my twenties. I have been published for over three decades. Everything I have written is still in print. I have written for long enough that many of those who started reading me when I was first published are now mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, even grandparents, many of whom still read my books and a good many of whom give them and read them to their children and grandchildren.' (Introduction)
1 2 y separately published work icon The Ice Maze Isobelle Carmody , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9482230 2016 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The third book in the charming Kingdom of the Lost series for younger readers by award-winning author Isobelle Carmody.

'Bily and Zluty, the injured Monster and two diggers journey into a land of ice and darkness. Here they find a secret settlement and learn more about the mysterious Makers plan. But the Monster must make a dreadful choice…

'A magical adventure series for younger readers from the award-winning author of Little Fur.' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Evermore Isobelle Carmody , Daniel Reed (illustrator), Melbourne : Windy Hollow , 2015 8957650 2015 single work graphic novel fantasy young adult

'This is the post-apocalyptic fairy tale of Princess Rose, who dwells in a strange, complex walled Kingdom, the final outpost of a lost civilisation.

'Ruled by a tyrannical and all powerful despot, the Kingdom of Evermore survives and sometimes thrives in an otherwise devastated world of deserts and ruins inhabited by the plague-ridden descendants of those who chose not to sleep away the poisoned eons that followed the end of the old world.

'Growing up under the watchful eye of her stern but beloved nanny, Pilar, with the loving companionship of the bakers' son Quiet and the strange, enigmatic boy Enzo, Rose pursues two quests. One is to discover the origins of Evermore and the other is to understand the mysterious tragic death of her mother, a beautiful and gifted storyteller who began as a prisoner of the King before winning his heart and being made Queen of Evermore.

'What Rose does not know is that the two quests are linked, and only by learning the truth about the past will she find the means and the courage to walk the difficult and dangerous path that will lead to the redemption of Evermore and a future where love and hope are possible.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 9 y separately published work icon The Red Queen Isobelle Carmody , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8864763 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Before Elspeth Gordie can continue her journey to find Sentinel and prevent it unleashing the horrors of the Great White, she must fight free of a strange prison, where people are laid to sleep forever or cling to a suffocating existence, believing the world beyond their walls is already utterly annihilated.

'But at the end of her journey, nothing is as she imagined. She is drawn into the struggle for a kingdom, only to find the Destroyer is at the heart of the turmoil, waiting for her.

'Somehow she must do what she has sworn to do, for the sake of the world and all of its creatures. She must complete her quest, no matter what it costs . . .

'The highly anticipated dramatic conclusion to the much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles from award-winning and bestselling author Isobelle Carmody. Drawing to a close the journey of Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits, The Red Queen will surprise and thrill readers right to the very last page.' (Sourced from publisher's website.)

1 The Runners Isobelle Carmody , Prabha Mallya (illustrator), 2015 single work short story graphic novel young adult
— Appears in: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean 2015;

Geneva tries to save her brother, Hel, from a life of sex- based discrimination after all ‘true’ men have been killed in a set of historic Motherwars. In this dystopian future, biological males have been replaced by part-biological, part- cybernetic men, stripped of a predisposition to violence. An introduction to exploring notions of genetic ‘maleness’—and by extension, genetic ‘femaleness’.

1 Grigori's Solution Isobelle Carmody , 2014 single work short story fantasy science fiction
— Appears in: Fearsome Magics 2014; (p. 73-94)
1 2 y separately published work icon The Cloud Road Isobelle Carmody , Melbourne : Viking , 2013 5992535 2013 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

The second book in The Kingdom of the Lost series.

Adventure and danger follow Bily, Zluty, Redwing and the Monster as they cross a desert and journey through high stony mountains in search of a new home.

A magical new series for younger readers from the award-winning author of Little Fur.

1 7 y separately published work icon Metro Winds Isobelle Carmody , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1857893 2012 selected work short story young adult fantasy 'A girl is sent across the world to discover her destiny in the dark tunnels of the Metro. Another seeks a lost sister in a park where winter lasts forever. A young man fulfils a dying wish. A mother works magic to summon a true princess for her son. A man seeks an ending to his story. An old man goes in search of his shadow. This is a world of desire and transformation, the real and the not real, from the queen of modern fantasy.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 The Cold Sun Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work children's fiction children's
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 January 2012; (p. 18)
1 The Wolf Prince Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Metro Winds 2012; (p. 209-356)
1 The Stranger Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Metro Winds 2012; (p. 175-208)
1 The Stranger Who Could See the Wind Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Metro Winds 2012; (p. 87-174)
1 Metro Winds Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Exotic Gothic 4 : A Postscripts Anthology , July no. 28-29 2012; Metro Winds 2012; (p. 1-44)

'When her parents are divorcing, a young girl is sent from her native Australia to an unnamed city in Europe to live with an aunt. The girl is strange and withdrawn. Even her own mother does not understand her. Less, so, the plump frowsy aunt she is sent to. The girl has dreams of a tunnel and something white which lives in it. On a day out with her aunt, she is unexpectedly on her own and must make her way home on the subway. Her dreams and her purpose in life come to fruition in this dark, moody, tale.'

Source: SFRevu ( (Sighted: 18/2/2014)

1 The Stone Witch Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Under My Hat : Tales from the Cauldron 2012; (p. 285-319) The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 2013;
1 The Journey Isobelle Carmody , 2012 single work short story young adult science fiction
— Appears in: Trust Me Too 2012;

'While the Obernewtyn Chronicles is over, there are many things we still don't know about the world, particularly involving the Beforetime's Cassy and Hannah; the two women who (as far as we're aware) helped set up the keys and clues for Elspeth's quest, and to fill in some of those gaps it's been Isobelle's intention to write several short stories (including the Matthew and Dragon story, which will also explore the Salamander/Ariel relationship). '  (Publication summary)

1 CBCA Awards - Acceptance Speeches : Younger Readers Isobelle Carmody , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 55 no. 4 2011; (p. 6-7)
1 3 y separately published work icon The Wicked Wood Isobelle Carmody (editor), Nan McNab (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1817841 2011 anthology short story young adult fantasy

'In this companion to The Wilful Eye, Catherine Bateson, Victor Kelleher, Cate Kennedy, Maureen McCarthy and Nan McNab, along with British author Kate Thompson, give fresh voice to age-old stories of abandonment, desire and entrapment.'

1 7 y separately published work icon The Sending Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Penguin , 2011 Z1813667 2011 single work novel young adult fantasy 'It came to me then, like a chilly draught from an unseen gap, that I had always known in my deepest heart that it would be like this, a slipping away from a life full of people I had come to love, in a place I had helped to shape, in a land I had helped to free.

'The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computer machine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal. But before she can embark on her journey, she must find a lost key. And although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she anticipated.

'Elspeth's search will take her where she never thought to go, and bestow upon her stranger companions than any she ever imagined. It will lead her far from her destination to those she believed lost forever.

'And it will test her, as she has never been tested before . . .' (From the publisher's website.)
1 6 y separately published work icon The Wilful Eye Isobelle Carmody (editor), Nan McNab (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1767561 2011 anthology novella young adult

'Six writers - Margo Lanagan, Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland, Margaret Mahy and Martine Murray - have taken inspiration from stories that have shaped us all, tales like Beauty and the Beast, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Snow Queen. This collection carries universal themes of envy and desire, deception and abandonment, courage and sacrifice.

'Characters are enchanted, they transgress, they yearn, they hunger, they hate and, sometimes, they kill. Some of the stories inhabit a traditional fairytale world, while others are set in the distant future. Some are set in the present and some in an alternative present. The stories offer no prescription for living or moral advice and none belong in a nursery.

'Open the covers and submit to their enchantment.' (From the publisher's website.)