Allan Baillie (Author)

About

Allan Baillie

Allan Baillie was born in Scotland in 1943 and came to Victoria, Australia with his family when he was six. They moved to Emerald, then Geelong (he still barracks for the Cats), Drysdale, Portarlington and later Melbourne.

Allan began writing stories for fun while still at school. He is now one of Australia's most successful writers for children. His novels, which include Little Brother (1986), The China Coin (1992), Saving Abbie (2000) and Treasure Hunters (2002), have won him acclaim, awards and international recognition. His books have found success in Japan, Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa. His most recent books for Penguin include a collection of short stories, A Taste of Cockroach (2005) and Castles (2005), a superb picture book for young children, illustrated by Caroline Magerl. Allan's most recent novel, Krakatoa Lighthouse, won the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Patricia Wrightson Award. Outpost is his forthcoming novel, and he is currently working on the next two after that.

Allan spends most of his time with his wife Agnes in Avalon, north of Sydney, but they travel regularly to far-flung places, including Anak Krakatoa, the Son of Krakatoa, which they climbed during a quiet period.

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Book Cover:  Cat's Mountain
Published: 06/02/2006
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742282503
Book Cover:  China Coin, The
Allan Baillie's popular historical fiction for teen readers – an exciting journey into China set against the background of Tiananmen Square.
Allan Baillie's popular historical fiction for teen readers – an exciting journey into China set against the background of Tiananmen Square.
Published: 03/08/1992
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140347531
Book Cover:  China Coin, The
Allan Baillie's popular historical fiction for teen readers – an exciting journey into China set against the background of Tiananmen Square.
Allan Baillie's popular historical fiction for teen readers – an exciting journey into China set against the background of Tiananmen Square.
Published: 03/08/1992
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742283821
Book Cover:  First Voyage, The
An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143307679
Book Cover:  First Voyage, The
An adventure story set in our very distant past, 30,000 years ago, when the first tribes from Timor braved the ocean on primitive rafts to travel into the unknown, and reached the land mass of what is now Australia. Narrated by Bent Beak from the Yam tribe, the book follows the tribe as they are chased around the island by the ferocious Crocodile Warriors, build ocean-going rafts – their escape strategy – and finally launch themselves across the ocean. Knowing that they can't go back but also uncertain of what lies ahead, the book is one of bravery, hope and discovery.
An adventure story set in our very distant past, 30,000 years ago, when the first tribes from Timor braved the ocean on primitive rafts to travel into the unknown, and reached the land mass of what is now Australia. Narrated by Bent Beak from the Yam tribe, the book follows the tribe as they are chased around the island by the ferocious Crocodile Warriors, build ocean-going rafts – their escape strategy – and finally launch themselves across the ocean. Knowing that they can't go back but also uncertain of what lies ahead, the book is one of bravery, hope and discovery.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743480557

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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