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Lisa Nicol
Author | Prep- Grade 6
New South Wales

Lisa Nicol is an internationally published, award-winning writer and documentary-maker. Her feature Wide Open Sky won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix. Her charming and funny middle-grade novel Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter was a 2018 CBCA Notable, Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year 2021, Shenzhen Reading Month, and is currently being adapted for the screen as a musical. Her middle-grade novel Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth has drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo and been described as a modern classic. Her most recent book, The What on Earth Institute of Wonder released to critical acclaim, has just been shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2022.

 “As a kid who grew up believing I wasn’t creative, I have a personal interest in fostering creativity and wonder. My presentations involve laugh-out-loud readings, music, stories (personal and fantastical), audience participation and occasionally a stuffed kakapo.” 

Books by Lisa Nicol

The What on Earth Institute of Wonder

Best suited for ages 9-11 years
One elephant, one kakapo, one unlicensed teenage driver, one boy waiting for the world to end and one twelve-year-old girl with a very special gift. Sal has always had an affinity with animals – especially the lost kind. And so when a kakapo appears on her windowsill, she befriends it. And when an elephant walks into town, Sal feels compelled to help it… but how? This wonder-filled adventure of what-on-Earths celebrates the unusual and the misfits in a poignant and timely story about family and friendship, finding your voice and our connection with the natural world.

Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
Perched high on the snowy slopes of the Mabombo Ranges lies The Grandest Hotel on Earth. It’s wilder than the African savanna, more fantastical than Disneyland and more magical than Shangri-la.

Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind . . . Music!

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