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Zana Fraillon

  • 5 stars across 8 books
    Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. 'I grew up in a house that had a whole room full of books and comfy chairs and this was my favourite place to be. As a teenager, a lot of my time was given to practising magic tricks and my first attempt at writing a book centred around a girl who solves crimes using her understanding of magic.' At the age of twenty, Zana lived for a year in China teaching English in a remote rural area. She returned to Melbourne and now lives with her husband, three children, two dogs and a recalcitrant cat.Zana has written two picture books for young children and a series for middle readers that has been published in five languages. Her dreams of one day ending world illiteracy and innumeracy are far from being realised, but 'if you are going to dream, you might as well dream big.'

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    12th January 2017

    The Bone Sparrow

    Winner of the CILIP Amnesty Honour 2017. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the CILIP Ca... More

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    13th July 2017

    The Ones That Disappeared

    Beautiful, magical and moving, this is a SKELLIG for a new generation, from the author of THE BONE SPARROW, shortlis... More

    (13 reviews)
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    23rd July 2020

    The Lost Soul Atlas

    A boy awakens in the Afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide ... More

    (12 reviews)
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    4th October 2018

    Wisp: A Story of Hope

    Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. He has known no other life than this. He has no mem... More

    (6 reviews)
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    10th September 2015

    No Stars to Wish on

    Each kid only has one pair of shoes here. Number 49's shoes are a pretty good fit for me and I know they're new because ... More

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    23rd April 2014

    No Stars to Wish on

    Each kid only has one pair of shoes here. Number 49's shoes are a pretty good fit for me and I know they're new because ... More

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    29th September 2021

    The Curiosities

    'Winning and wondrous, this picture book is a compelling appreciation of neurodiversity' Kirkus Reviews, starred rev... More

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    6th October 2022

    The Raven's Song

    The Raven's Song alternates between the stories of Phoenix, who lives in a near-future world impacted by climate change ... More

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