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Marc McBride
Prep- Year 12

Not currently taking bookings for Term 3 2024

Marc McBride is the illustrator of the New York Times best selling series Deltora Quest. He has illustrated more than two hundred book covers, ten picture books and countless magazines. His new book, The Glimme, is shortlisted for the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers.

During his school presentations Marc paints a character from one of his books explaining the process of creating artwork. Beginning with imagination, and where ideas come from, he will get ideas from the audience while explaining colour theory, light, shape, line and texture- the five elements of visual language.

Using simple shapes he encourages the students to draw with him and to ‘not be afraid of making mistakes’- after-all it is often a mistake in a drawing that becomes the inspiration for something truly original! The school gets to keep the final painting.

Books by Marc McBride

The Glow

Best Suited 8-12 Years
Megan is obsessed with drawing fantastical creatures and she shares them with her best friend Li who writes stories to go with the pictures. They are kindred spirits with big creative dreams.
One day everyone in town – except Megan and Li – is immobilised by a strange glow coming from their phones. Megan and Li are initially frightened and alarmed, but when they realise they are somehow immune, they set out to seek help.
Soon a battle unfolds, a thrilling battle that pits all of their creative energies against the terrible monster that has ensnared everyone else around them.
A wonderfully spooky novel from one of Australia’s finest writers, and beautifully illustrated by Marc McBride.

The House on Pleasant Street

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Alby and his family are new on Pleasant Street. Their house is perfect, with a great tree to climb, and a pool. Their pet, Delia, is still in training, but she’s settling in just fine.

And tonight is Halloween – Alby’s favourite night of the year – so ANYTHING could happen…

The Glimme

Best Suit Years 8-12 years
Lone Annie sees dragons in your future…She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death. Finn’s life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings. Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy-such amazing scenes and creatures can’t be real! He’s wrong. Soon he is going to slip through the veil between worlds and plunge into the wonders and perils of The Glimme.

The Song of Lewis Carmichael

Best Suited 8 – 12 years
Matthew stood on the snowy peak and stared out at the world spread before him. Every picture in his books had been limited by the size of the page, contained within frames. Here, there was no frame. Here, the picture didn’t end. Beyond those icy plains, the sea, and beyond the sea, a land that floated on the ice, drifting northwards. Matthew put the binoculars to his eyes and saw valleys and cliffs and rivers all made of snow. Everywhere was white.

Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives – a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.

But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew’s window – a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins – and it will change everything

Forest of Silence: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 1

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Deltora is a land of monsters and magic …
The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora, with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark, terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs and Deltora is lost.
In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal — the sinister Forests of Silence.

Lake of Tears: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 2

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Lief, Barda and their unruly new companion Jasmine are on a perilous quest to find the seven gems stolen from the magic Belt of Deltora.
The golden topaz has already been found. But only when all the gems have been restored to the Belt can their land be freed from the dark power of the evil Shadow Lord. To find the second stone, the three heroes must travel through territory ruled by the monster-sorceress Thaegan.
Their journey is filled with treachery, trickery and danger, and at its end they must face the hideous guardian of the enchanted Lake of Tears.

City of Rats: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 3

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Lief, Barda and Jasmine — companions with nothing in common but their hatred of the enemy — are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora.
Only when the Belt is complete once more can the evil Shadow Lord be overthrown. They have succeeded in finding the golden topaz and the great ruby. The two gems’ mysterious powers have strengthened them and given them the courage to move on in their search for the third stone.
But none of them can know what horrors await them in the forbidden City of the Rats.

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