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Zana Fraillon

  • 5 stars across 10 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 Carnegie Med... MoreThe Bone Sparrow

(31 reviews) Review
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, shortlisted ... MoreThe Ones That Disappeared

(13 reviews) Review
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 him ... MoreThe Lost Soul Atlas

(12 reviews) Review
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... MoreWisp: A Story of Hope

(6 reviews) Review
6th October 2022

The Raven's Song

Honour Book, Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year 2023. The Raven’s Song alternates between the stories o... MoreThe Raven's Song

(2 reviews) Review
2nd March 2023

The Way of Dog

  A fiercely original verse novel for middle-grade readers and beyond from Zana Fraillon, the Carnegie Awa... MoreThe Way of Dog

(2 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreNo Stars to Wish on

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29th September 2021

The Curiosities

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR AGES 5-8 AWARD 2023'Winning and wondrous, this pictu... MoreThe Curiosities

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28th June 2023

The Gargoyle

He's old, this gargoyle. Very old. Older than me. Older than anyone. He looks tired. If I had a seat, I would give it to... MoreThe Gargoyle

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26th April 2023

Etta and the Octopus

A hilarious, fully illustrated tale about an unlikely friendship between a girl and an octopus that is perfect for newly... MoreEtta and the Octopus

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