SCBWI Bologna Regional Showcase & Digital Catalogue

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, April 24, 2016

I was in good company in the recent SCBWI Bologna Showcase at the Bologna Children's Book Fair held 4 to 7 April 2016.

Racing the Moon was also included in the SCBWI Bologna Digital Catalogue that was produced to support the Showcase.

The Showcase and Catalogue promote Australian and New Zealand authors who are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators who had PAL books published between 2014 and 2016.

Thanks SCBWI !!

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Compare book prices with Booko

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prices for the same book can vary quite a bit between online book stores so it pays to shop around. But searching multiple book stores can be time-consuming. 

I recently discovered a website called Booko, which simultaneously searches multiple Book and eBook retailers using a single search. You can finally compare book prices with one search.

When you search on Booko for my novel, Racing the Moon, you'll find more than 20 online book retailers for the paperback, and more than 10 retailers for the eBook.

For each retailer listed, it gives the price you will pay as well as the delivery charge and availability. At the moment, the cheapest price for the paperback of Racing the Moon is Book Depository ($11.24), and for the eBook is Google Play ($7.65). The retailers listed are all hyperlinked, so with the click of a button or the touch of a screen, you can go to the appropriate page of the retailer's website to buy the book. How easy is that?

Although the differences between retailers for a single book aren't significant, it adds up if you are ordering several titles and/or multiple copies.

I still buy more books from my local independent bookshop. But when it's late at night and I need that book in a hurry...

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Review of "Racing the Moon" on Bookloons

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, February 04, 2016

I came across a recent review of Racing the Moon on Bookloons. In summary, Jessica Maguire (the reviewer) says:

I really enjoyed this novel and how the author handles sensitive and frighteningly dark topics with both sensitivity and humor. That said, the darkness of this novel makes it most suitable for older readers, ages twelve and up.

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A fun Big Book Day Out 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 14, 2015

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out yesterday. The NSW Writers' Centre was buzzing with kids, parents, authors and illustrators, all celebrating Australian children's / YA books and literature.

I was on the CBCA Illawarra-South Coast stand with authors, Di Bates and Sandy Fussell, as well as Catherine and her daughters, Erica and Freya, who helped Sandy make amazing balloon animals. Jacqueline Harvey, Lisa Stewart, Tristan Bancks, Ted Prior, Yvette Poshoglian and R. A. Spratt entertained the children on the outdoor stage while the younger children enjoyed stories and craft activities inside the story tent. I loved chatting to kids and their parents about books, in particular my YA novel, Racing the Moon. The kids loved the Racing the Moon balloons and were amazed at the large historical photos I brought along to show what it was like living in Sydney and going to school back in the early 1930s.

Thank you CBCA NSW and NSW Writers' Centre for hosting such a fabulous event!

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Big Book Day Out 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 07, 2015

BIG BOOK DAY OUT, hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, is being held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle on Sunday 13 September 2015 from 10am to 2.30pm.

I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, enjoy presentations by authors and illustrators or try your hand at one of the many craft activities. There is a book shop where you can purchase books on the day, including my debut novel, Racing the Moon.

See you at the CBCA Illawarra South Coast table between 10am and 12.30pm! Free face painting, craft activities and Racing the Moon balloons.


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Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, August 29, 2015

Only a few days until the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. I booked my tickets weeks ago so I wouldn't miss out. With 34 amazing sessions to choose from, it was difficult to narrow it down to a few. Looking forward to: Capitalism and the Climate, Journalistic Freedom, What I Believe & The Twilight of Democracy. Hoping to be challenged by alternative ideas and perspectives.

Be part of the conversation on Twitter with #FODI this weekend 5 & 6 September.

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Children's Literary Lunch 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 03, 2015

It was a very successful 2015 Literary Lunch of the Children's Book Council of Australia (Illawarra South-Coast) on 29 July. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and 15 guest authors, the day was all about stories and books - bringing them to life and encouraging a love of reading.

I had the privilege of sitting with students from Thirroul Public School and their Teacher-Librarian, Sonya. We chatted about books and writing, and about my novel, Racing the Moon. I brought along historical photos from the early 1930s to give them a feel for what it was like to live and go to school back then. The complimentary Racing the Moon postcards and balloons were a big hit with the students as well.

The really exciting part of the day was the three-minute pitch sessions by the authors and illustrators: Di Bates, Wai Chim, Bill Condon, Di Ellis, Wendy Fitzgerald, Tony Flowers, Sandy Fussell, Susanne Gervay, Lizabeth Klein, Oliver Pommavanh, Lisa Shannahan, Lexi Watt, Sue Whiting and myself. After lunch, Jacqueline Harvey, gave a lively presentation on her two children's series: Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose.

I was so busy chatting to students and signing their program booklets, I barely had time to eat. A big thank you to the CBCA ISC organisers and to the enthusiastic students and teacher-librarians who made the literary lunch such a special event.

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"Deep Sky" - new song on my website

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Luke and I have been working on "Deep Sky" for a while and are finally happy with the lyrics, melody and rhythm. There has been a lot of experimenting and tweeking to get to this stage.

It's an upbeat lovesong that draws inspiration from loved ones as well as our wondrous universe.

We hope you like it!

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RACING THE MOON to be released in the UK and US

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I'm thrilled that my debut novel, RACING THE MOON, published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2014, will be released in the UK in April 2015, and the US in June 2015.

You can pre-order RACING THE MOON from:

Skylight Books

Or pre-order from your favourite bookshop or online supplier.

Historical Novel Society's list of forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2015.

I hope you enjoy RACING THE MOON!

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Vintage YA fiction - RACING THE MOON - on sale

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, December 18, 2014
    You can buy a paperback copy of my debut novel RACING THE MOON from bookshops or online:

Potts Point Bookshop, Sydney

  • If you'd like a large print edition:

ReadHowYouWant Large Print Books

QBD The Bookshop

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