12 Curly Quiestions in Kids' Book Review

Michelle Morgan - Monday, February 17, 2014

I had a lot of fun answering 12 Curly Questions for Kids' Book Review. I answered the questions quickly and honestly without giving them too much thought. They're quirky! Here's a sample:

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you:

I used to have a pet sheep called George who thought she was a dog.

You can read all of my 12 Curly Questions on the Kids' Book Review website!

Kids' Book Review is a fabulous website with reviews, interviews, guest posts, resources for parents, teachers and librarians, book giveaways, manuscript assessments for picture books, information on events and awards, and more!

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"On the 14th of February 1966!"

Michelle Morgan - Friday, February 14, 2014

There was a lot of love in Australia on this day. It wasn't only Valentine's Day, but the day that the currency changed from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents. The campaign to educate everyone was very successful and centre-stage was the "Dollar Bill" cartoon character, who was  everywhere, even on TV ads and radio. These are the words from the famous jingle:

In come the dollars and in come the cents
to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence.
Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix
on the 14th of February 1966.

Clink go the cents folks
clink, clink, clink. Changeover day is closer than you think.
Learn the value of the coins and the way that they appear
and things will be much smoother when the decimal point is here.

In come the dollars and in come the cents
to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence.
Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix
on the 14th of February 1966.

Dollar Bill Decimal Currency Jingle (circa 1965) sung to the tune of  “Click go the Shears”. Lyrics written by Ted Roberts. (Museum of Australian Currency Notes, Reserve Bank of Australia)

Click on the following link to watch a video clip of one of the TV ads used in the decimal currency educational campaign:

Happy 14 February 2014!        Give a book on Valentine's Day!

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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.

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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)

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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.

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"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.

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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)

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"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!

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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.


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