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Barry Jonsberg Barry Jonsberg i(A81944 works by) (a.k.a. Peter Jonsberg)
Born: Established: Liverpool, Merseyside,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1999
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Barry Jonsberg went to school and university in his native England, gaining two degrees in English (B.A. Hons and Master of Philosophy) from Liverpool University. He lectured in English at college level in England and continued teaching in high schools after moving to Australia.

Jonsberg began writing in 2001, after his arrival in Australia. He changed from full-time teaching to relief teaching in 2004 in order to devote more time to his writing. He lives in Darwin.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $50,000 for young adult literature writing.
2006 Literature Board Grants Grants for Developing Writers $25,000 for young adult literature writing.

Awards for Works

A Song Only I Can Hear 2018 single work novel young adult

'Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomit, and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not.

'Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
Game Theory 2016 single work novel young adult

'Jamie's sister has been kidnapped. And Jamie is convinced he can save her using the principles of game theory. But is strategy the best option when his little sister's life is at stake? A hugely compelling YA thriller.

'Game theory has brought me to this point and I must follow where it leads. Even though this is not a game.

'Jamie is a sixteen-year-old maths whiz. Summerlee, his older sister, is in the grip of a wild phase. Tensions at home run high.

'When Summerlee wins a 7.5-million-dollar lottery, she cuts all ties with her family. But money can cause trouble - big trouble. And when Jamie's younger sister Phoebe is kidnapped for a ransom, the family faces a crisis almost too painful to bear.

'Jamie thinks he can use game theory - the strategy of predicting an opponent's actions - to get Phoebe back. But can he outfox the kidnapper? Or is he putting his own and his sister's life at risk?

'A brilliant, page-turning novel from a superb storyteller.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
A Dog's Tale 2016 single work picture book children's

'Michael wants a dog. His mum and dad say no. No way. Never. They say dogs smell and get under your feet. But Michael is never going to give up. Ever.' (Publication summary)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
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