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Susanne Gervay
Prep- Year 10
New South Wales

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association, Order of Australia, nominee for Australia for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her writing on social justice.  Her award winning stories are published in literary journals and anthologies including the cross Sub-Continent- Australian anthology ‘Fear Factor, Terror Incognito’ on terrorism alongside the works of Sir Salman Rushdie and Thomas Keneally.  She represented Australia  in ‘Peace Story’ an IBBY, UNICEF anthology where 22 authors, 22 illustrators from 22 countries wrote for peace.

She writes from picture books to young adult novels. Butterflies is recognised as Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability. Her award winning I Am Jack children’s books which have become rite-of-passage on school bullying adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre has toured theaters across Australia and USA. Her books are endorsed by The Cancer Council, Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of the developing world, Children’s Hospital Westmead Sydney, Books in Homes reaching indigenous and disadvantaged schools, Life Education, many anti bullying and literacy organizations. An acclaimed national and international speaker, Susanne Gervay is head of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI Australia East and New Zealand, Ambassador for many literacy, reading and equity campaigns.

Books by Susanne Gervay

Who’s the Gang on Our Street?

Best Suits Kinder-Grade 2
Who’s the gang on our street?
Who has funky-punky spikey hair?
Who bops and bounces, dances to a beat and taps their toes?
Who loves snacks and tricks and sharing the fun?
Peek inside to discover the tricks, friendship and adventure of one of Australia’s favourite neighbourhood gangs!

Shadows of Olive Trees

Before the #MeToo movement, there is the second rise of feminism. Tessa and her friends are looking for love, their voice, changing and wanting to be all they can be. Breaking traditional roles, there are challenged from parents, the church, community. But there’s college and new freedom, except they can be dangerous. A story of women’s empowerment set against a background of the emerging women’s movement, this a story that has significant relevance today. Set in the mid-70s, this is the story of Tessa and her bonds with Athena and Jenny.

Edge of Limits

Best Suited 14+ Years
When Sam, 17, treks into the wilderness on the school survival camp, he misses his girlfriend Laura with her belly-button ring. The gruelling physical challenges are hard, sometimes hilarious, sometimes cruel as he treks deeper into unknown territory forced to confront the underbelly of real mateship, sexual consent and the dangers of guys like Watts. Ultimately, the camp winds to the final place of initiation, to the edge of limits, where Sam must choose what he stands for. This is a journey from the city culture of beach parties, girlfriends, sex and consent, to the vast wilds of trekking, abseiling, rock climbing, white-water rafting, sweaty days and freezing nights.

Heroes of the Secret Underground

Best Suited 10+ Years
A timely and powerful time-slip story inspired by the author’s family in Budapest during the Holocaust Louie lives with her brothers, Bert and Teddy, in a hotel run by their grandparents. It is one of Sydney’s grand old buildings, rich in history … and in secrets. When a rose-gold locket, once thought lost, is uncovered, it sends Louie and her brothers spinning back in time. Back to a world at war: Budapest in the winter of 1944, where their grandparents are hiding secrets of their own.

The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses

Best suited 6 – 8 years
When Sam gets new glasses, everyone says he looks like a handsome superhero, but Sam just wants to be himself. Follow his antics as he faces monsters, sails the high seas, and rediscovers his sense of humour and adventure in this inspirational tale about overcoming your fears of other people’s perceptions and never shying away from being yourself.

I am Jack

Best Suited 9+ Years
Jack likes going to school. He enjoys learning new things. George Hamel calls Jack ‘Bum Head’. All the kids at school call Jack ‘Bum Head’. Jack’s in Big trouble … school is getting dangerous. Nobody seems to want to listen. Until one day …

Elephants Have Wings

Best suited 5 – 8 years
On the wings of a mystical white elephant two children embark on an extraordinary journey to discover pathways to peace and the humanity in all of us.


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