Lili Wilkinson studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. She has worked for the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She is the daughter of children's author Carole Wilkinson. As well as writing full time, she has also taught English in Japan and studied for a PhD.
'When Astrid and Hiro meet they give each other superhero names. She's Lobster Girl and he's Shopping Trolley Boy. Not an auspicious beginning. But it gets better. Then it gets worse. Much worse. Classic romantic comedy: girl-meets-boy, love blossoms, and is derailed. Incredibly engaging, upbeat, funny and smart.
'Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She's a straight-A student and a committed environmental activist. She's basically perfect.
'Hiro is the opposite of perfect. He's slouchy, rude and resentful. Despite his brains, he doesn't see the point of school.
'But when Astrid meets Hiro at the shopping centre where he's wrangling shopping trolleys, he doesn't recognise her because she's in disguise - as a lobster. And she doesn't set him straight.
'Astrid wants to change the world, Hiro wants to survive it. But ultimately both believe that the world needs to be saved from itself. Can they find enough in common to right all the wrongs between them?
'A romantic comedy about life and love and trying to make the planet a better place, with a little heartbreak, and a whole lot of hilarity.' (Publication summary)
A Pocketful of Eyes2011single work novel young adult detective 'Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises:
'A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious Museum benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits.
'And a pocketful of glass eyes.
'Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide ... or is there a murderer in their midst?' (From the publisher's website.)
'The pink jumper was practically glowing in my grey bedroom. It was like a tiny bit of Dorothy's Oz in boring old black-and-white Kansas. Pink was for girls.
'Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind.
'Ava is quickly taken under the wing of perky, popular Alexis who insists that: a) she's a perfect match for handsome Ethan; and b) she absolutely must audition for the school musical.
'But while she's busy trying to fit in - with Chloe, with Alexis and her Pastel friends, even with the misfits in the stage crew - Ava fails to notice that her shiny reinvented life is far more fragile than she imagined.' (From the publisher's website.)