Teachers' Notes are now available for "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fantastic Teachers' Notes have been compiled by Fran Knight for Allen & Unwin and are now available for use and study within schools. The notes show how Racing the Moon can be used in English and History within the Australian curriculum. While focusing on the language and literary aspects of Racing the Moon, the notes also cover topics such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Depression, Money, Abuse, Uniforms, Reform Schools and Women's role.

There is also a link to the Teachers' Notes on my Books page.

» Share this post

Review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, February 08, 2014

Check out the great review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words!

"I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the Depression." (Ann Harth, Buzz Words, 6 Feb 2014)

» Share this post

Listen to "Too late for love" on my Songs page

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, February 06, 2014
The audio file for "Too late for love" has been added to the Songs page of my website. I hope you like it! » Share this post

"Racing the Moon" is now in the Mitchell Library

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, February 01, 2014

Having worked as a librarian for many years, I was excited to discover that "Racing the Moon" is already on the shelves in many libraries. But when I discovered that it was in the Mitchell Library in Sydney, that really blew me away. It's like a dream come true! Click here: State Library of NSW catalogue.

» Share this post

"Racing the Moon" is now in bookshops

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, January 30, 2014
You can buy signed copies of "Racing the Moon" at Bookshop Bowral and MacLean's Booksellers in Hamilton. There have also been sightings of the book on the shelves at Abbey's bookshop in Sydney, Dymock's in Canberra and Paperchain in Manuka. It will be also be available in many other bookstores throughout Australia and New Zealand.

I took this photo of the signed copies in Bookshop Bowral earlier today.

» Share this post

My first review for "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, January 30, 2014

A review of "Racing the Moon" is now on the Kids' Bookshop website:

"This is in all likelihood a fairly accurate description of the harsh life children of the time were expected to endure, however there is a lightness and humour to aspects of the novel.  There is also a sense of freedom and adventure that most kids these days do not get to experience in their own lives.  This would make an interesting class text for year 7.  For ages 12-14." (Reviewed by Erin, Kids' Bookshop)

» Share this post

"Racing the Moon" is also available as an eBook

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You can download the eBook of my new novel Racing the Moon onto your iPhone or iPad at iTunes or onto your Kindle at Amazon for around $9 - It's a bargain!

» Share this post

26th January, Australia or Anniversary Day?

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Did you know that 26th January wasn't always called Australia Day? In New South Wales up until 1935, it was referred to as Anniversary Day, and the other states didn't celebrate the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove until after Federation.

You can find more information at 

This newspaper article from 26 January 1931 about Anniversary Day is also very interesting:

At the Sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) on 26 January 1938 in Sydney, there were not only celebrations but a conference was held for Aboriginal people who declared the day 'a Day of Mourning and Protest'.

There were big celebrations on Sydney Harbour for the Bicentenary in 1988, but there were also protests by Aboriginal people, many referring to the day as 'Invasion Day.'

While we have much to celebrate and be proud of in Australia, it must be very difficult for Aboriginal people, who are the first Australians, to be celebrating Australia Day on 26 January.


» Share this post

Audio file for Goodbye Frankie on Songs page

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The audio file for Goodbye Frankie has just been added to my SONGS page.

Goodbye Frankie is the first song that Luke and I wrote together not long after we moved to the Southern Highlands.

I hope you like it!

» Share this post

Author copies of Racing the Moon have arrived

Michelle Morgan - Monday, January 13, 2014

I just received my author copies of "Racing the Moon" by courier - very excited, can't stop looking at them. Thank you Allen & Unwin!

» Share this post

Recent Posts


barbara braxton nook indigenous literacy foundation jamberoo public school blog tour writers' festivals nowra library alexander mccall smith CBCA Children's Book Week children's / YA literature sydney mechanics school of arts library fran knight scbwi Quirindi Library 12 curly questions autumn revel Dymocks Brisbane Reading Time libraries awards children's book council of australia tasmania theatre elizabeth gilbert arielle gamble potts point bookshop Kings Cross Theatre songs ReadPlus di bates society of children's book writers and illustrators writing workshops writing process blog hop romy sharp highlife magazine Anniversary Day Lismore Library nsw writers' centre clancy tucker Newcastle writers' festival teen fiction good reading magazine amazon kids' book review playwrights retreat authors sir charles kingsford smith griffin theatre KXT indie publishing bookshops Gordon Library international children's book day 2014 ubud writers & readers festival Bowral Art Gallery bookstop[ read3r'zrevu playwriting Paperchain Manuka goodreads giveaway Muswellbrook Library eBook jackie french kindle Historical Novel Society children's book council of australia NSW branch reconciliation hans christian andersen bill condon racing the moon frankfurt book fair byron writers festival ANZAC Day deb robins berkelouw books sally odgers Bookshop Bowral shoalhaven libraries teachers' notes reviews captain tobias furneaux interviews Port Macquarie Library dymocks ann harth seven mile beach historical novel society australasia bologna children's book fair spark award older readers 2017 book fairs big book day out tanika gupta copyediting middle grade fiction lachlan philpott literary lunch elaine ousten allen & unwin MacLean's Booksellers WritingNSW just write for kids australian reading hour tom keneally centre illustrators books sydney opera house children's book council of australia national conference southern highland news buzz words ulladulla library national simultaneous storytime gerringong historical society museum paperback canberra coming-of-age fiction bradman museum Grafton Library NAIDOC week Waterstones readhowyouwant St Paul's Primary School plays decimal currency book depository sharon mcguinness scbwi australia State Library of NSW amazon kindle bookloons smsa library book tour bushwalking heart of australia better read than dead Moss Vale Campus Library telopea park school holidays Abbey's Bookshop 14 february 1966 mETAphor Good Reading Sydney Harbour Bridge luke johnson jump for jordan goodbye frankie book trailer sydney writers festival 2019 griffin press book launch indigenous literacy day kate gordon festival of golden words Tamworth Country Music Festival deep sky narrabundah college 19 March 1932 school visits kobo australian literature self-publishing booktopia bay of fires atyp combined book exhibit YA fiction valentine's day eBook mall sandy fussell chloe mauger spark award 2017 mabo day refugee week hnsa too late for love bookworld fishpond ubud, bali martin luther king, jr believing Broadbeach Library Books + Publishing literary events goodreads Taree Library mother's day australian standing orders Mitchell Library australian federation of graduate women barnes&noble sydney lovereading4kids festivals skylight books storytellers festival author talks Dymock's Canberra author videos QBD act writers centre children's book council of australia illawarra south coast giveaway iTunes festival of dangerous ideas playwriting festival Tamworth City Library southern cross Australia Day all the buzz about books Reader's Companion Armidale michelle morgan lyn linning CBCA book of the year awards Magpies flying through clouds refugees Woollahra Library ainslie + gorman arts centre smashwords karma book cover design gorman arts centre Spotlight On berkelouw book barn sophie masson historical fiction southern highlands writers' festival