Rippin spent most of her childhood in South-East Asia, living in Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. She also lived in China for three years as an adult and studied traditional Chinese painting.
Rippin has taught Writing for Children at RMIT, Melbourne and has written books for the Reading Discovery Series of children's readers. She has mentored emerging writers and illustrators, especially through the 100 Story Building creative writing centre for marginalised youth, and has presented at schools, literary festivals in Australia and internationally, and in a regular program on 3RRR, in which she interviews children's authors and industry professionals.
Two of her Fang Fang books (Fang Fang's Chinese New Year and Speak Chinese, Fang Fang!) have been included in La Trobe's former undergraduate unit on post-colonial literature for children.
Her awards include YABBA, KOALA, and KROC awards, as well as a Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award. She has been shortlisted for both the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
'Billie and her friends have started a secret mystery club, and there are mysteries galore! Who stole the strawberries from Mika's garden? What does the secret code say? Is the spooky house actually haunted? To find out, you'll have to read this big book!' (Publication summary)
'Billie and the Secret Mystery Club have been given a very important mystery to solve for the principal at school. A long time ago, a time capsule was hidden in the school somewhere, and it's up to the SMC to find it!' (Publication summary)
'Someone has stolen all of the ripe strawberries from Mika's garden! The Secret Mystery Club is determined to work out who it was. Could it have been the gardener? Or was it the neighbours who just made a batch of strawberry jam? Whoever it was, they won't get far - not with the SMC on the case.' (Publication summary)