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Craig Silvey Craig Silvey i(A81851 works by)
Born: Established: 1982 Dwellingup, Pinjarra - North Dandalup - Waroona area, Mandurah - Harvey area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in timber and fruit-growing lands in  in south-west Western Australia.

Silvery wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, when he was nineteen: it was published in 2004. The novel was the inaugural book for the 'One Book' series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival.

Silvey's next novel, Jasper Jones, was published in 2009. The novel was wildly successful: it won the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards fiction prize, and two Indie Awards (Book of the Year and Fiction), and was shortlisted and longlisted for a range of other national and international prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award, the Dylan Thomas prize, and the Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted by Kate Mulvany into a play (which was shortlisted for two Helpmann Awards, three Green Room Awards, two Sydney Theatre Awards, and the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Playwrighting), and then by Shaun Grant into a film (which won an AWGIE Award and was nominated for two AACTA Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award). As of 2016, Jasper Jones has been released in three editions in Australia, British and American editions, and eleven international translations, including Turkish, two Chinese translations, Polish, Korean, and Dutch, as well as German, Spanish, and Italian.

Since Jasper Jones, Silvey has published the novella The Amber Amulet, which he adapted into a stage play the following year, and has scripted The Prospector, a contemporary western film directed by Rachel Perkins.

In 2005, Silvey was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists, and in 2010, he was a finalist in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year Awards.

Silvery also sings in a indie/pop/rock band called The Nancy Sikes.

He lives in Fremantle.

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y separately published work icon Runt Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2022 24795198 2022 single work children's fiction children's

'A heart-warming, funny, beautifully told story for readers of all ages from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones and Honeybee.

''You don't have to carry the weight of the world in your tool belt.'

'Annie Shearer likes to fix things. She lives in the country town of Upson Downs with her best friend, an adopted stray dog called Runt. The two share a very special bond.

'After years evading capture, Runt is remarkably fast and agile, perfect for herding runaway sheep. But when greedy local landowner Earl Robert-Barren puts her family's home at risk, Annie directs Runt's extraordinary talents towards a different pursuit - winning the Agility Course Grand Championship at the lucrative Krumpets Dog Show in London.

'However, two things stand in her way.

'There is Fergus Fink, a vain and villainous dog handler determined to prevent Annie from upstaging him.

'And a curious predicament: Runt will only obey Annie's commands if nobody else is watching.

'Though she's used to fixing problems on her own, Annie enlists the help of her quirky family. There's Susie, her vibrantly fashionable mother, who is the worst baker in the nation. Her father, Bryan, who inherited the family farm and has a hidden passion for flower cultivation. Her teenage brother Max, an aspiring daredevil. And her grandmother Dolly, a one time champion sportswoman who, years after the death of her husband Wally, is now looking for love. Each make sacrifices and employ their own unique skills to get Annie and Runt to London.

'With all eyes on them, Annie and Runt must beat the odds and the fastest dogs in the world to save her farm.

'Runt is a heartwarming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, and, above all, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.' (Publication summary)

2023 winner Booksellers Choice Award BookPeople Book of the Year Children's Book of the Year
2022 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2023 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2023 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2023 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2023 winner Indie Awards Children's
2022 winner Dymocks Book of the Year Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Honeybee Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19613814 2020 single work novel

'The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

'Find out who you are, and live that life.'

'Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.

'At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.

'The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

'Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.

'At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.

'Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award BookPeople Book of the Year Adult Fiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Audiobook of the Year
2021 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction / Poetry Cover designed by Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney, WBYK
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2021 winner Indie Awards Fiction
2020 winner Dymocks Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Amber Amulet Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1891727 2012 single work novella (taught in 1 units) 'Dear Sir/Ma'am, Please find enclosed this AMBER AMULET. That must sound unusual to a citizen, but you will have to trust me on this count because the science is too detailed for me to outline here. All you need to know is that the AMBER AMULET will eliminate your unhappiness by counteracting it with POSITIVE ENERGY. This should see you straight. Fear not, you're in safe hands now.
Take care,
The Masked Avenger


Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? This perfect jewel of a book by the award-winning author of the 2009 Book of the Year Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
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