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Kate and Jol Temple
Primary Lower Years (Prep – 2) | Primary Middle Years (Years 3 – 4) | Primary Upper Years (Years 5 – 6)
New South Wales

Please note: Kate and Jol are fully booked for Book Week 2024. However do have availability in the weeks around it.

Kate and Jol are internationally awarded children’s authors of over 25 books for kids. Their books range from middle grade to the smash hit picture book Bin Chicken series (Nominated for ABIA Picture Book of the Year) and the backwards-forwards Room on Our Rock, which won the Charlotte Huck Award for outstanding fiction with the potential to transform children’s lives. They also write the best-selling graphic novel series The Underdogs. Kate writes the middle grade fiction series, The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat, which is listed as part of the PRC.

Books by Kate and Jol Temple


This is Goat. He’s a pretty great goat. In fact, he thinks he’s the Greatest of all Time! But some of Goat’s friends are great too. Who is really the Goat?

The Perilous Promotion of Trilby Moffat (Trilby Moffat Book 2)

Best Suited 8+ Years
 With the past safely restored to the past, Trilby Moffat is looking forward to sitting down to a big slice of cake and a good crossword puzzle. But she’s about to find out that the job of Time Keeper is never done and the future has other plans for her . . . extremely perilous plans. ‘This looks dangerous,’ said Trilby, who was tied to an antique parlour chair teetering on the edge of a rocky cliff. The man in the top hat arched one prickly eyebrow. ‘Children can be so ungrateful. This will be the trip of a lifetime!’ he said, pointing to the endless dark water below. Trilby Moffat is in grave danger, again. When she arrives on a secret island outside of time, in search of her missing mother, she knows she’s in trouble. A strange festival is about to take place and Trilby is the guest of honour. Travellers from all over time are flocking to this mysterious carnival with its treasure markets, floating cupcakes and a terrifying surprise. Now Trilby and her friends must race against time (literally) to reveal the dark truth lurking beneath their beautiful island. Friendship will be tested. Loyalty is stretched to the limits and a skittish prehistoric bird named Anton will destroy Trilby’s favourite jumper. Just when she thinks time is on her side, Trilby is about to get a perilous promotion.

The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat (Book 1)

This is the dangerous story of Trilby Moffat, who took on one of the most treacherous jobs of all time. Well . . . outside of time, to be precise. For fans of Nevermoor and Lemony Snicket. This is NOT just any old book. THIS is a legal document. It contains a truthful record of how Trilby Moffat was accidentally promoted to the most important job that ever existed. The job of Time Keeper. A mystery illness is making people bake ancient cakes, speak dead languages and then fall asleep and never wake up. When Trilby Moffat’s mother catches this strange sickness, Trilby must find her only other surviving relative, a 300-year-old aunt who lives in a secret antique shop on the edge of time. Ahead of Trilby lies an unusual inheritance, an opportunity that will never be repeated and a man in a top hat who will try to kill her . . . more than once. This is the story of how one ordinary girl finds herself on a deliciously fast-paced adventure, fleeing to an island where time doesn’t exist, cats are particularly rude and cake is always on the menu. Here she will take on the most treacherous job of all time. Well . . . outside of time, to be precise. THIS IS THE DANGEROUS BUSINESS OF BEING TRILBY MOFFAT.

Bush Turkey

He’s an unusual fellow, really quite quirky. He has many names, but let’s call him … Bush Turkey! His bald head is red, he’s impeccably dressed. And right now he’s building the world’s best-ever nest! With timber and sticks slapped together with plaster … will Bush Turkey’s nest be a hit? Or a wonky disaster?!

That Bird Has Arms

Roy is an ordinary bird in every way. He is not the biggest, or the smallest. His squawk is not the loudest or the quietest. He even follows the same football team as everyone else. He was very normal except for one thing – he has ARMS. Absolutely nobody knows – and Roy would like to keep it that way…

That Bird Has Arms is a story about difference and identity. It’s about learning to see that what sets you apart is what makes you strong, and it’s about pride in your own uniqueness.

Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade

Best Suited 7-10 Years
Jimmy Cook has discovered that he has quite a lot in common with the explorer Captain James Cook. No doubt they were related. So when he finds out that Captain Cook met with a sticky end in Hawaii, he’s determined to travel to the island to finish what he started. His parents aren’t so interested but luckily Jimmy’s favourite brand of cereal is running a competition. First prize: a Hawaiian Holiday.

Jimmy is going to have to eat a lot of full-fibre Wheetblocks to enter, but big dreams come with a big price. And no price is too big when it comes to Captain James Cook especially if it means beating the world’s most annoying person, Alice Toolie.

Bin Chicken’s Eggcellent Easter

Best Suited 3+ Years
Following her beak, on long gangly legs, Ibis spies something shiny—glittering eggs! But there’s kids on a hunt! And a bunny on the loose! ‘Shoo, Bin Chicken! Scram, Garbage Goose!’ It’s Easter morning, and there are eggs everywhere. Ibis had better hop to it and get hunting!

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