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Megan McKinlay Megan McKinlay i(A71488 works by) (a.k.a. Meg McKinlay)
Gender: Female
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Megan McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria. She spent a year in Japan as an exchange student during her secondary education and later completed a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of Western Australia. McKinlay has taught literature, Japanese and creative writing at tertiary level. Her poetry has appeared in a range of Australian journals and she has also written children's and young adult books (as Meg McKinlay).

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2010 recipient Asialink Literature Residency Program for residency in Japan

Awards for Works

Bella and the Wandering House 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up? ' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
A Single Stone 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Strong-willed Jena lives in a village shrouded in superstition and secrets. Like all the other girls, she has been bound and broken since birth to make her small enough to gather precious mica, which keeps her people warm in winter. But after a tragic accident, Jena starts questioning everything she's ever been told, and the truth will have consequences she cannot predict - for everybody. This beautifully written, haunting novel warns of the consequences of blind following, and shows the important difference between appearance and truth. This is award-winning McKinlay's best yet.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2016 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2016 honours Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2016 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
2016 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2016 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2015 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
2015 winner Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
Ten Tiny Things 2012 single work picture book children's Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls - a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings. Getting from here to there may never be the same. -- Trove
2013 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Primary
2013 winner Crystal Kite Award Australian and New Zealand Division
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