Michael Bauer has a BA DipEd from the University of Queensland (1977) and has been an English and Economics teacher at a number of secondary schools in the Brisbane - Ipswich area. Through teaching English to teenagers he developed a particular interest and enjoyment in young adult literature, publishing his first novel in 2004. He has lived mostly in Ashgrove, Brisbane.
'It really all started with The Pain. He officially came into my life exactly nine weeks and one day before our Year Ten Graduation Dance. And despite my very best efforts to wipe the day from my mind, I can still remember it clearly. It was a Friday. The thirteenth day of the month. Notice anything there? Maggie Butt is facing not only a stranger taking over her mother's life but her own as well, and she is not going to let that happen. But then there's the one-eyed snaggle-toothed cat, senior subject choices, the dream date and Cyber Boy, the geek in the library to contend with as well. Its going to be an interesting year.' (Publication summary)
Epic Fail2012single work children's fiction children's
'Ever had a stupid nickname? A rotten run of bad luck? A best friend who just looks on the bright side even when the bright side looks black? Well Eric Vale's got all three, and they're pushing him towards the epic-est of all epic fails!'
Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel2011single work novel young adult 'Ishmael has made it to the Senior School and things are really looking up.
His nemesis and chief tormentor Barry Bagsley has finally decided to leave
him alone, while his dream girl and chief goddess Kelly Faulkner has finally
decided not to. Has he broken free of Ishmael Leseur's Syndrome at last?
Could his remaining two years at St Daniel's College actually be described