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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778837
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99

The Colourful World of Poppy Starr Olsen

A novel inspired by the life of the Australian Olympic skateboarder




A funny and fresh novel for young readers from Australian Olympic skateboarder and creative soul Poppy Starr Olsen.

A novel from Australia's top female skateboarder, written with Jess Black, author of the bestselling Kaboom Kid series.

My name is Poppy Starr Olsen. I’m twelve. I’m a bit of a dreamer. Okay, a lot of
a dreamer. I love drawing and being creative. I also swim, surf and skate. And, well, this is my story . . .

You’ll meet my family. They’re really loud but I love them to bits. And you’ll meet my friends - they’re so cool.

There’s some drama in my story, too. Think: an awesome skate comp I’m not allowed to enter, but then I am and it’s going to be cancelled! I have to figure out how to save the comp and work on my best tricks in the bowl and keep up with my school work and create my art. There’s so much to do! But it’s an epic adventure.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778837
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99

About the authors

Poppy Starr Olsen

Poppy Starr Olsen grew up on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. Her whole life has been spent moving and creating, from surfing, swimming and skating to drawing, painting and jewellery design.

Poppy took up skating at age eight, and in 2014 she was crowned world under 14s champion, continuing her reign the following year in the over 15s category. In 2016, Poppy was the first Australian woman to compete at the Summer X Games, and in 2017 she won bronze in the women’s skateboard park as well as gold at the inaugural World Roller Games in Nanjing, China. Fast forward to 2021 and Poppy burst onto the world stage when she made her Olympic debut in the women’s skateboarding in Tokyo, finishing fifth overall.

Poppy is now based in Newcastle and divides her time between Australia and wherever the world competition takes her.

Jess Black

Jess Black is an award-winning author of over forty children's books. Jess has written the Tales of Mr Walker series about a dog who comes to live in the fanciest hotel in town. Jess has also written the Kitty is Not a Cat series, Little Paws series and the Keeper of the Crystals series; and is co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series, the Kaboom Kid series and the Animal Tales series.

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