Truly Tan, an Australian ‘George’ from the Famous Five
by Clayton Wehner - November 14th, 2012
Move over Clarice Bean and Ramona Quimby… there’s a new girl on the scene!
Melbournian Jen Storer is one of the loudest and most influential new voices in modern Australian children’s fiction. In 2011, her novel Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children– the story of plucky, flame-haired orphan Tensy – was shortlisted for a string of awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Best Children’s Fiction) and the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year.
This November, let Jen introduce you to another original and irrepressible new character from the Storer stable: Tan Callahan. Sometimes mischievous, often insightful and always funny, ten-year-old Tan is no wimpy kid.
‘Tan is exactly who I wanted to be when I was kid’, says Jen. ‘She’s an Australian George from the Famous Five, with a sense of humour’.
The first book in a trilogy of Tan adventures, Truly Tan is a uniquely Australian story that in the future will no doubt keep company with modern children’s classics like Clarice Bean, Judy Moody and The Dork Diaries.
About the book
Meet Tan. She’s funny. She’s lively. She has the mind of a Great Detective …
It’s official. Our whole family has moved to the country. The pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless — although that’s normal. What is not normal is a cursed fox and a haunted clubhouse. That is definitely unnormal.
At least the country people now have an expert in their midst. Someone with a cool head and a sharp eye. Someone who can solve intriguing mysteries and knows how to keep detailed Secret Spy Files.
Really, it’s lucky I came along when I did.
About the author
Jen Storer is a talented and exciting writer for children. Her fantasy novel Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children was shortlisted for a string of awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Best Children’s Fiction) and the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Jen worked in the publishing industry as an editor, a project manager and in creative development. Jen has a studio at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.
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