Blue Weston is back! Another authentically Australian and laugh-out-loud funny tale in the Red Dirt Diary series for young readers aged 8–12
Katrina Nannestad has spent most of her life living and working in small rural communities, so communicating the joys and sorrows of rural life to children in a fun and accessible tone was at the forefront of her mind when writing her Red Dirt Diary series.
‘Farming families and rural communities are a vital part of our Australian identity, yet most children live in cities,’ Katrina explains. ‘The Red Dirt Diary series is a great way for children to learn about Australian country life – the beauty and joy of life on the land, the hardships that farmers and their families are faced with, and the great way that rural communities work together in both good times and tough times. The stories are also lots of fun and quite naughty, and that always seems to appeal to children!’
Written in a first-person diary format, Blue’s News follows the tradition of Robin Klein’s Penny Pollard’s Diary series for its joyful and humorous rendering of farm girl protagonist Blue Weston’s life and the cast of zany yet lovable characters that inhabit it. In this latest instalment, Blue’s News, Blue starts Hardbake Plain’s first ever newspaper with her friends, heads off to school camp, and big changes happen at Hardbake Plains Public school when a new teacher arrives.
About the author
Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western NSW. After studying arts and education at university, she worked as a primary school teacher. Her first teaching job was at a tiny two-teacher school in the bush. Katrina now lives near Bendigo with her husband and two sons. Her first book, Bungaloo Creek, was published by ABC Books in 2001. Red Dirt Diary was published in 2010, and Red Dirt Diary 2: Blue About Love was published in 2012.