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Gender: Female
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Tasmanian-based children's playwright and author Lian Tanner has worked as a teacher in Australia and Papua New Guinea, a tourist bus driver, a freelance journalist, a juggler, a community arts worker, an editor, and a professional actor.

After publishing short stories and writing plays from the early 1990s, Tanner published her first children's book, Rats!, in 2004. Her primary success came with the Keepers trilogy (2010-2012), which she followed with a second trilogy, The Hidden (2013-2016). Most recently, she has released the Rogues series, the second volume of which was published in 2018.

Sources include author's website, Random House.

Most Referenced Works


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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon A Clue for Clara Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19523025 2020 single work children's fiction children's


'Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore.

'There's just one problem. She's a small scruffy chook, and no one takes her seriously.

'But when she teams up with Olive, the daughter of the local policeman, they might just be able to solve the crimes that have been troubling the town of Little Dismal.

'A puzzling and hilarious mystery from bestselling author, Lian Tanner.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book designed by Hannah Janzen
y separately published work icon Ella and the Ocean Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16562714 2019 single work picture book children's

'A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.

Ella lived in the red-dirt country
where the earth was as dry as old bones
and it hadn't rained 
for years
and years
and years.

One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
2020 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Secret Guardians Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14152609 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Duckling and Pummel are trying to take the Young Margrave to a place of safety, far away from the dreadful Harshman. But they have enemies they don't know about, and all too soon they find themselves captured. Their witchery should save them—but their witchery has gone, vanished. How will they get it back? A vividly exciting trilogy set in the same world as the Keepers, with all new characters, in a brilliant fantasy-adventure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
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