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Kate O'Donnell Kate O'Donnell i(A94005 works by)
Gender: Female
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' Kate O’Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature. She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. '  (

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y separately published work icon This One is Ours St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 19554351 2020 single work novel young adult

'Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and speaking another language is exhausting. Sofie's more homesick than lovesick.

'But then her host sister, Delphine, and fellow artist Olivier show her a different side of Paris, and Sofie starts to question her ideas of art, beauty and meaning. Of everything. There's truth in what her best friend, Crow, has been saying all along — the world is in crisis and people need to take notice. And when a catastrophe strikes close to home, Sofie realises she needs to act.

'But what can one girl do? Will Sofie be able to find the courage to fight for change?

'This One is Ours is a call to action for anyone who feels helpless about the state of society, as well as an ode to all the tiny beautifuls that make our world worth saving.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Young Adult Book designed by Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2021 winner Indie Awards Young Adult
y separately published work icon Untidy Towns St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11545530 2017 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Adelaide is sick of being expected to succeed on other people’s terms. She knows she just has to stick it out at school for one more year and then she’ll be free. Instead, she runs away from her fancy boarding school back to her sleepy hometown to read and dream.

'But there are no free rides. When Addie’s grandad gets her a job at the local historical society, she soon finds out that it’s dusty and dull, just like her new life. Things change when she starts hanging out with Jarrod, a boy who seems full of possibilities. But it turns out he’s as stuck as she is. And Addie realises that when you want something in life, you’ve actually got to do something about it.

'A heartfelt tale about love, friendship and finding your own way.' (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted The Readings Young Adult Book Prize
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
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