The Twelve Authors of Christmas

Okay… so you’ve all heard of the twelve days of Christmas. Right? Old hat! This is a literary blog, so I’m doing the twelve authors of Christmas instead. I’ve picked twelve of my favourite Aussie kids/teen authors and asked each of then a couple of festive bookish questions.

Question one: What book would you like to find under your Christmas tree this year?

Question two: Which one of your books do you most hope will find its way under other people’s trees?

And now for the authors and their responses…

Michael Pryor

Under his tree:
The book I’d like to find under my Christmas Tree?  Illuminae, by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff because it sounds all sorts of space Science Fiction awesome.

Under other trees:
Which one of my books do I most hope will find its way under other people’s trees? Leo da Vinci vs the Ice-cream Domination League, because Book 2  (Leo da Vinci vs the Furniture Overlord) will be released in January so people need to get reading Book 1!

Illuminae Leo 1

Corinne Fenton

Under her tree:
I would like to find the just released Maggie Smith: A Biography wrapped and hidden under my Christmas tree. Why — because I admire her greatly as an actress and Christmas time is almost the only time I get to read big people’s books.

Under other trees:
Little Dog and the Christmas Wish  — because of the honour of it being in the Myer windows this year, I want to think of all those children recognising it and imagining a Little Dog finding his way home on a long ago Christmas Eve.

9781474600231 little-dog-and-the-christmas-wish

Meredith Costain

Under her tree:
Attachments, the first book by US writer Rainbow Rowell. I’ve recently read and loved Fangirl and Eleanor and Park and need another fix!

Under other trees:
Ella Diaries: Christmas Chaos. Because when is it ever not chaotic at Christmas! 🙂

9781409120537 9781760153052

Jack Heath

Under his tree:
I’m hoping for a copy of Zeroes by Lanagan et al, because the idea of a forgettable superhero has intrigued me.

Under other trees:
I hope The Cut Out shows up under lots of Xmas trees, so plenty of people have read it when the sequel comes out in August!

Zeroes Cut Out

Hazel Edwards

Under her tree:
Three Dragons for Christmas to share with grandson.

Under other trees:
Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author. Why? To share the Questory ( Quest + Story) / memoir with my family, friends, colleagues and readers who keep asking “Am I in It?”

three dragons Hippo

Adam Wallace

Under his tree:
I would like to find Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli under my Christmas tree, as I have bought and given it away five times and now don’t have a copy of my own!

Under other trees:
I hope that Rhymes With Drawing finds its way under other people’s trees, so that parents can have some peace and quiet while the kids draw for hours on Christmas day!

Stargirl Rhymes with drawing

Claire Saxby

Under her tree:
I saw a book today that was a thesaurus for substituting unusual words for ordinary ones: yes please!

Under other trees:
I would love to see Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House under the tree because it’s a story, a song, a visual feast all rolled into a beach holiday!

Beach House

Tristan Bancks

Under his tree:
Can I have two books under my tree? In adults’ books, Anson Cameron’s Boyhoodlum and in kids’ / teen Robert Hoge’s Ugly.

Under other trees:
Two Wolves. It’s the book that I’m most proud of and that readers respond most enthusiastically to.

Boyhoodlum Ugly Two Wolves

Dee White

Under her tree:
Tears of the Cheetah by TM Clark because her previous two books, Shooting Butterflies and My Brother But One were great holiday reading.

Under other trees:
Hope for Hanna because hope is what keeps us all going through difficult times, and it’s one of the themes of Christmas.

Tears of the Cheetah Hope for Hanna

Paul Collins

Under his tree:
Anything new by Eoin Colfer or Philip Reeve would do me fine.

Under other trees:
The anthology Rich & Rare should be in every household!

Darkling Plain RIch and Rare cover Med Res

Goldie Alexander

Under her tree:
Hazel Edward’s latest memoir Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author, as she talks about her journey as an author.

Under other trees:
My latest book appearing in a few weeks is Cybertricks. Science fiction for older children.


Gabrielle Wang

Under her tree:
The Evil Garden by Edward Gorey because I love his quirky imagination and wonderfully strange illustrations.

Under other trees:
The Wishbird because fables are always good to read at Christmas time.

evil garden wishbird

A big round of virtual applause for the twelve authors of Christmas. Lots of literary goodness for under the Christmas tree!

But wait… what about me? I’m an author too. And I love getting books for Christmas. But what book do I want? Lots of great suggestions from the authors above. Let me think. I’ve already got Illuminae (almost finished reading it) and Rich & Rare (I’m in that one!). I reckon I’d go for Hazel Edward’s Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author… aside from the fact that I know there’s a pic of me with Hazel in it, I think Hazel is a fascinating person with such a rich and varied literary career that it’s bound to make great reading.

As for which book of mine I’d like to see under Christmas trees… I’d go for the second edition of my very first book, the YA short story collection Life, Death and Detention. No, there are no Christmas stories in it, but I have quite a soft spot for the book that started my career as an author.

Hippo Life, Death and Detention

Merry Christmas, George

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LITERARY CLUTTER: Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George is the author of the YOU CHOOSE books, the OTHER WORLDS series, the RFDS Adventures and the GAMERS trilogy.

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