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Fensham, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Fensham lives in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, where she is Head of English at a local school. She is married to an artist and has two adult sons. Fensham has been writing in earnest for the last twenty years. Her first novel, The Helicopter Man, won the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 2006. Previous young adult novels include Miss McAllister’s Ghost and Goodbye Jamie Boyd. Elizabeth’s younger reader, Matty Forever, was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 2009. The companion, Bill Rules, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Bill Rules

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Bill and Matty are the best of friends. Matty is headstrong, willful and entertaining; Bill is loyal, patient and devoted to Matty. They are also neighbours which means their lives are intertwined and daily 'thinktanks' are held in Matty's backyard bath. When Bill learns that his father is coming home from jail, his world is tipped upside down. How will the kids at school take the news? And, most importantly, how do Bill and his mother feel about his dad being home? Worries start to mount but the ever-watchful Matty has an idea to help Bill keep his dad on the straight and narrow. However, life doesn't always go according to plan ... An enchanting story of friendship, courage and trust from one of Australia's favourite storytellers.


Goodbye Jamie Boyd

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Anna and Jamie are inseparable, the brother and sister team who face the world, their family and school together. Their love for each other is bigger than anything else they know and stronger than any ordinary bond. It is Jamie who challenges Anna throughout her life; Jamie who drives her to do things and makes her grow up, Jamie who dares her to jump off Ben Hall’s Rock, smoke weed and drive fast round Carrot Wash Bend. When Anna Boyd has to leave behind her brother, what follows next is a revelation to all, most especially to Anna. A powerful verse novel from one of Australia’s acclaimed storytellers.


Matty and Bill for Keeps

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Matty and Bill return in their third and final adventure. Add a new boy at school, some crooked characters and confusing feelings, and you have another enchanting story about friendship and growing up.


Matty Forever

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An enchanting story of friendship, acceptance and trust from one of Australia's favourite storytellers. Bill is missing his father and having a hard time at his new school. And Matty is realising that her family is not quite the same as everyone else's.


Miss McAllister's Ghost

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When Cassandra and her brothers climb the garden wall hoping to spot the ghost in the old hollow-eyed house, they have no idea what awaits within. They are drawn into a world long lost, a world preserved by a woman whose memories have kept her trapped in time and place. A story of unexpected surprises from the CBCA-winning author of Helicopter Man, which asks us to re-examine what we think we know of ugliness and beauty.


My Dog Doesn't Like Me

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A life lesson wrapped up in a beautifully told story that will resonate with kids and parents – and pet lovers.


My Dog Gets a Job

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From one of Australia’s most-loved and prolific authors comes a funny and endearing tale about a boy called Eric and his dog Ugly.


The Invisible Hero

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Philip has spent his whole life at school either being invisible or being called stupid. For the first time, Philip has the opportunity to shine - but can he convince the class that being different is not necessarily a bad thing and that heroes have many disguises?