Literary events in July

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm excited about these literary events in July:

Wednesday 26 July Gordon Library (Sydney) 6 to 8pm - Wings into History: how the past inspires historical fiction – Four authors talk about their works and shared themes (Historical Novel Society of Australasia event)


Sunday 30 July Woollahra Library (Sydney) 1 to 4pmQ&A with A&U (SCBWI event):

I hope to see you there!

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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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Reviews of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Friday, May 23, 2014

This is what some reviewers had to say about Racing the Moon:

“Racing the Moon is confronting Young Adult fiction and readers of any age will be captivated by Joe, who wins our admiration as a stoic and heroic figure." (Deb Robins, ReadPlus, 28 April 2014).

"Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15 year-olds. I would recommend it to read aloud to a class. It has humour, history and plenty of childhood escapades to keep the listener engaged." (Nova Gibson, Massey Primary, Allen & Unwin Teacher Reviews, April 2014)

“Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply engaging story." (Wendy Noble, Good Reading, April 2014)

"This story is skilfully written, the pace is swift and it kept me so engaged I finished it in two sittings.”... “This is an auspicious start to what could be a lengthy career as a writer for the YA market and I look forward to reading more of Michelle's work." (Barbara Braxton, ReadPlus, 17 March 2014).

“Potentially confronting strong topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse are treated sensitively for the intended readership, so with its feisty hero and interesting characters and events, this engaging novel is recommended for Upper Primary to Lower Secondary readers.” (Chloe Mauger, Magpies, vol. 29, Issue no.1, March 2014, p. 38.)

“Racing the Moon is a captivating historical narrative set in the Great Depression. Morgan has created a refreshingly frank and necessary narrative we must read and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.” (All the Buzz about Books, Issue 1, 2014, p. 4)

"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)

There are also excellent Teachers' notes by Fran Knight on the Allen & Unwin website.

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Read reviews by teachers of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's great to get feedback on Racing the Moon from teachers and librarians. Several reviews by teachers are now available on the Allen and Unwin website. Some of the comments include:

"Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15 year-olds. I would recommend it to read aloud to a class. It has humour, history and plenty of childhood escapades to keep the listener engaged." (Nova Gibson, Massey Primary)

"The strength of the book is the themes Joe shares with the reader. Themes such as families (and the fact they aren’t perfect), friendship, schools and religion." (Roxanne Steenbergen, Windermere Primary School, Tasmania)


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"Racing the Moon" No. 1 on Highest New Entries list

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, March 09, 2014

Racing the Moon  was No. 1 for a few days in March on the Highest New Entries list (one of the bestseller charts) on the Books + Publishing website: How cool is that!

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Launch of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, February 22, 2014

The launch of Racing the Moon in Bowral yesterday was a great success. Many thanks to all those who came to help celebrate the occasion, with special thanks to family, friends, The Bookshop Bowral, Allen & Unwin and the BDAS Gallery for their support. 

Marie Fitzpatrick from The Bookshop Bowral introduces Michelle.

Guests enjoying champagne and canapés at the launch.

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"Racing the Moon" has sold out its first print run!

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I found out today that Racing the Moon has already sold out its first print run - and it was only released 3 weeks ago! The publishers have ordered an urgent reprint and there are even backorders. How cool is that! » Share this post

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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"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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