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Sally Odgers Sally Odgers i(A9856 works by) (birth name: Sally Patricia Farrell) (a.k.a. Sally Patricia Farrell Odgers; Sally Farrell Odgers)
Also writes as: Virginia Baxter ; Tegan James ; Sally Darroll ; Sally Farrell ; Patrick Farrell
Born: Established: 1957 Latrobe, Latrobe - Port Sorell area, Northwest Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Female
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Sally Odgers is one of Australia's most prolific writers for children. Her versatility as a writer is reflected in her range of published work from picture books to poetry and novels for older readers. She began writing as Sally Farrell for the New South Wales School Magazine and has contributed considerably to reading schemes, including the Momentum series, for which she wrote under the pseudonym Patrick Farrell.

Publisher Walter McVitty wrote in his memoir, A Life in Children's Books (2004), that Odgers has 'important qualities which, strange as it may seem, set her apart from many people who write for children: she is an unequivocally child-oriented storyteller and she has a truly professional, journeyman approach to writing.'

Odgers's early children's books were based on her experiences growing up on a dairy farm in Tasmania. Her sister, Anne Farrell also writes for children.

Most Referenced Works


  • The listing of works on AustLit for this author is not exhaustive, please refer to Kerry White Australian Children's Books (Vols 2 and 3) or for details of other books written by this author.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Meet Dooley on the Farm Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 20543371 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Hi! I’m Dooley My cousin is visiting our farm. We'll swim in the river, feed the calves and collect berries. But best of all, we’re going to sleep out in the barn!

2022 longlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmanian Literary Awards Minister for the Arts' Prize for Books for Young Readers and Children
y separately published work icon Candle Iron Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2001 Z945698 2001 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure
2001 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Long Fiction

Known archival holdings

University of Canberra University of Canberra Library (ACT)
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