Archive for August, 2009

Indigenous Literacy Project

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Video courtesy of: Eden Media Frequent readers of the blog will know that Boomerang Books is a proud supporter of the Indigenous Literacy Project. On September 2, 2009, we will be donating 10% of proceeds from book sales to the cause, so if you’ve been holding out on a particular purchase, and you want to […]


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Books Alive, an Australian Government initiative, aims to encourage all Australians to turn off their screens and get reading.


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

As a kid growing up on a farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, children’s books were my sanctuary. They were the closest group of friends an isolated girl could ask for. They provided me with reassurance and inspiration whenever loneliness got the better of me. The Magic Faraway Tree gave me hope that sheep, snakes and […]


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

 “…Why don’t you write proper books?” I’m often asked by friends. I write on the frontier of Australian story telling. It’s a wild and woolly place. A little bit dangerous even. There are Dragonkeepers and Ranger’s Apprentices. A Book Thief and a Bugalugs Bum Thief. You can go Hunting Elephants or into the Teenage Underground. […]


Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I love the lack of pretentiousness in YA books. When you write for adults, no-one pays attention unless you’re addressing issues like sex, racism, mental illness, drug use and so on. When writing for teens, the only requirement is that you entertain, as much as humanly possible. This gives me the freedom to fill a […]

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK: Michael Gerard Bauer

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

It’s not so much writing for teenagers and young adults I enjoy, it’s more writing stories centring around them. The teenage years are such a fun and exciting time to write about. It’s a time full of discovery and possibility where feelings and emotions are often more intense and focused and friendships and relationships are […]

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK: Melina Marchetta

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

In what will no doubt set a dangerous precedent for the years to come, this week, to celebrate the CBCA’s Book Week, we’re doing something very special here at the Boomerang Blog. We’ve invited a selection of Australian children’s author to drop by and guest blog for us – one for every day of the […]

Hacking into Brainjack

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Brainjack is a relatively fast-paced thriller.

Write on time

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

In Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait the main character, Spider, struggles with the concept of time travel–and readers see its possibilities and consequences.

The Truth Will Out

Friday, August 21st, 2009

You’ve referred to Truth as ‘the so-called sequel’ to The Broken Shore because, although that’s how it’s likely to be pitched, it’s not really a sequel.

Books for Dad

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Having trouble finding that perfect read for Dad for this Father’s Day? Well, we’ve just rounded up a diverse list of captivating reads that will no doubt capture his interest. The Real Man’s Tool Box by Tammy Farrell Most men look after their cars. They look after their trucks. They make sure their fishing rods are maintained and look […]


Monday, August 10th, 2009

I used to be a paramedic and now write crime thrillers about people in that job. In my first novel, Frantic, so much trouble begins for paramedic Sophie Phillips when she’s called to a woman in labour. With the birth of her own baby and all its tears and joy still fresh in her mind, […]

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! August Book Giveaway

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

This month, Boomerang Books are giving you more chances to win! Alongside our regular monthly giveaway and our Facebook-exclusive giveaway, to celebrate August being the month of the Children’s Book Council Australia’s Book Week, we have a special children’s prize pack to giveaway. AUGUST MAJOR GIVEAWAY This month’s prize pack is an eclectic mix set […]