Meet our Story Scoop Presenters

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About Aleesah, Aleesah is the author of the hilarious League of Llamas series where the main characters are llamas … and secret agents! From an early age, Aleesah was surrounded by animals (not just her brother and sisters, although they could get pretty wild!) but the animals she had on her farm including oodles of poodles, heaps of horses, and cartloads of cows. Now that she’s grown up, she’s still surrounded by animals and loves writing about them in her books.
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League of Llamas Series (4 books) Laughter is the best medicine and in this segment,
Aleesah Darlison introduces her laugh-out-loud series, League of Llamas, sharing tips on how she writes comedy and some loopy llama facts.

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About Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir is an Elder and Traditional Owner of Boon Wurrung Country. She is the senior linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in Melbourne. Fay is working with her own Boon Wurrung language, recording and putting language into the database for future and present generations. She presents language-related workshops to community members who are reclaiming their languages, as well as universities and TAFEs interested in understanding the many and challenging aspects of language reclamation. She also visits schools to educate students about language and culture and to teach language. 
Nganga is her first children's book. 
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Respect is about a way of life that is older than flickering stars, stories that shimmer through tall grasses, and redgum leaves that tumble to a parched, red earth. It teaches children we need to listen, learn and share.

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About Renee, an author and illustrator of several successful picture books for very young readers, including Ten Little Owls, Sleep Tight, Platypup, and Roo Knows Blue.
 
Renee is also the creator of the highly engaging and funny junior fiction graphic novel series featuring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. Renee has a degree in environmental science and has a passionate love of natural history. 
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Sherlock Bones and the Sea-Creature Feature Rumor has it there’s a monster wreaking havoc in the museum’s new aquarium exhibit. Can Sherlock Bones and his quirky team of detectives crack the case before it's too late? 

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About Carly, I’m a children’s author. Big Beach BBQ is my first picture book. I started my career as a teacher and then went to work for Scholastic, where I held several positions including Book Club Editor and Classroom Essentials Manager. I started writing after having my second child. He required a lot of operations and writing was an awesome way to fill up all of those sleepless nights.
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Big Beach BBQ, ‘G’day mates. Let’s grab some plates. It’s time to start the party.
Grab your tongs. Put on your thongs. Let’s have a beach-side barbie.’

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About Nat, a Sydney-based writer and kidlit podcast host (One More Page) whose funny debut novel Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire came out in 2019 with Penguin Random House. It had great success as both Dymocks and QBD's 'Kids Book Of The Month', becoming Australia's #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019.
Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking was released in 2020, with two further books set for 2021. 
More importantly, she was a trapeze artist, had a pet kangaroo and her secret super power is making stuff up (not lying, that's totally different!).
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About The Power Of Positive Pranking, Green Peas is our name and pranking’s our game! But it’s about more than just fun. We’re determined to make a difference. No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.

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About Candice Lemon-Scott, she is an internationally published Australian author and presenter. She has published 14 books, including the Jake in Space and Eco Rangers series’.
Her novel Unloched was commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her book Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem is shortlisted in the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Awards for Children’s Literature.
Candice has a Bachelor of Communication / Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing). She is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy (English). She’s also a Books in Homes role model. When not writing, she can usually be found on a beach somewhere.
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About Eco Rangers: Wildfire Rescue There’s been a devastating wildfire in the bushland. When the Eco Rangers rescue a cute little possum with burned paws, they discover that some people have been camping in the area hit by the fire. What were they doing there?

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About Liz, she is an English born illustrator with over 20 published titles and a handful of awards. She illustrates picture books and junior fiction and now – after a gap of too many years – is writing them too. She draws all the time and it makes her very happy. Liz also loves exploring on her bicycle and creates huge illustrated maps for her hometown of Newcastle’s Tourism Industry. Liz’s recent publications are Maddie’s First Day, Ten Pound Pom, One Photo, Grace and Katie, Desert Lake, Howzat! With Dry to Dry, and The Biscuit Maker, up-coming this spring.
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About Dry to Dry. This Nature Storybook follow-up to the award-winning Desert Lake is a stunningly illustrated and extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife of Kakadu National Park, from the Dry to the Wet to the Dry again.  Non-fiction 

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About Katrina, she is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel. She’s written many children's picture books and educational readers including No Baths Week, Up To Something, Isla’s Family Tree (April, 2020), and Chasing Rainbows (August, 2020). She’s highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools. She’s left-handed, loves tea and rollercoasters, and is addicted to mint chocolate. While in lockdown in Disney World a few years ago, she survived Hurricane Gene (Category 5) by eating awful brownies.
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About Chasing Rainbows, Sam and Ruby love rainbows. After listening to Dad's stories of rainbow magic, they set off to find some of their own. An entertaining story with a new discovery that will change the way Sam and Ruby see rainbows forever.

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About Deborah, she trained as a teacher, produced and wrote a kids’ TV show before writing twenty-seven internationally published and awarded books. There’s her climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery.

About Marjorie, she’s illustrated over twenty children’s books, including The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses (Susanne Gervay), One Christmas Eve (Corinne Fenton), Say Cheese (Frances Watts) and Dinosaur Dads (Lesley Gibbes). She’s won the CBCA Eve Pownall Award.

 

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About Bear in Space. Bear is different. And he’s obsessed with space. When he builds a rocket, the other bears laugh. When he flies into space, it’s quiet, but soon he’s lonely, until something extraordinary happens. A story about being different and finding friends who love you just the way you are.

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About Victoria, she is a new and exciting picture book author who loves to play with language and tell rich and vivid stories.  Her debut - the hilarious and magical RIBBIT RABBIT ROBOT - will be followed by two more books in the next two years.  Fluent in French and Italian, and visitor of 51 countries and counting, Victoria is a direct descendant of King George III (the one who went mad!).
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About Ribbot Rabbit Robot. When a friendly frog, a greedy rabbit and a robot with a short fuse find a magic lamp, chaos follows and friendship is found ... 
A hilarious tale about kindness and always reading the fine print.

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