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Jackie French Jackie French i(A7058 works by) (a.k.a. Jacqueline French; Jacqueline Anne French)
Born: Established: 1953 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane, completing her education at the University of Queensland. In her early twenties she moved to a property in the Araluen Valley on the edge of the Deua wilderness, New South Wales, and later developed a career as a writer.

French's books for children and young adults have been well-received, winning many awards, including several from the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her works regularly appear on the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) and Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) shortlists which are nominated by readers. She has spoken numerous times to groups of children and adults, and has frequently run writing workshops. Her writing and workshops often combine her concern for social issues with her love of nature.

French has published many gardening books and has been a columnist for Women's Weekly, Earth Garden, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Canberra Times. She appeared regularly on the television show Burke's Backyard. Her garden forms a significant part of her professional website, on which she describes herself as an author and ecologist.

French has been the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Children's Ambassador, and patron of several of organisations including Cool Club (an ACT library program to encourage children to read), At Home with Books (a program to encourage reading with foster children) and Wildcare (a project that looks after injured wildlife). She has also been a director of The Wombat Foundation.

French was the 2011 National Literacy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week. In late 2013, she was selected as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. In 2015, she was Senior Australian of the Year. She has been the ACT Children’s Week Ambassador, 2011 Federal Literacy Ambassador, patron of Books for Kids, YESS, joint patron of Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People with Susanne Gervais and Morris Gleitzman, and a director of The Wombat Foundation.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Voted number 18 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Personal Awards

2016 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Pixie O'Harris Award
2016 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to literature as an author of children's books, and as an advocate for improved youth literacy.
2015 winner ALIA Awards Redmond Barry Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Night Ride into Danger Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2021 21265478 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Six mysterious passengers and seven dark secrets. Who can be trusted?

'It's a dark and dangerous journey for the Cobb and Co night mail coach, but when his coach-driver father is injured, young Jem Donovan must take the reins.

'Surely a boy like Jem can't handle a team of four horses and guide the coach on a rough bush track through fog and untold dangers?

'But there are six passengers on the coach tonight, each with a secret.

'And if Jem can't get them all to their destination by morning, the seventh secret could be deadly ...'

Source : publisher's blurb

2021 longlisted HNSA Historical Novel Prize Children and Young Adult
y separately published work icon The Fire Wombat Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2020 20732875 2020 single work picture book children's

'As the bushfire swallowed up the world they knew, a wombat shared her burrow with other animals.

'As the flames of a bushfire approach, one small wombat shelters with other animals in her burrow. But that is just the beginning of their journey to safety.

'Based on events witnessed by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French during the 2020 fires, and co-created with award-winning illustrator Danny Snell, this is a story of courage, compassion and survival, which saw people across Australia come together to save our wildlife from devastation.' (Publication summary)

2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Books
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Children's Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Pandemic Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2020 19907797 2020 single work picture book children's

'The war carried the Spanish flu across the world. Faces grew masks. Shops and schools wore signs that said, Closed. Families nursing the sick drew their curtains together to say their house was quarantined... From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire, Cyclone and Drought, comes this powerful story of humanity prevailing during a pandemic.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Educational Publishing Awards Australia Primary Educational Picture or Chapter Book
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