Michelle's Latest News


For more recent news about Michelle and her books, visit her blog, Memoranda.

February, 2014

The film and television rights to The Montmaray Journals have been optioned by Roommates Entertainment, an independent US production company. The announcement can be found here.

September, 2013

The FitzOsbornes at War will be released as a paperback in North America on the 8th of October.

December, 2012

The FitzOsbornes at War has been named one of the Best Teen Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews.

The Montmaray Journals series has also been selected for the 2013 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge.

October, 2012

The FitzOsbornes at War, the final book in the Montmaray Journals trilogy, has now been released in North America, in hardcover and ebook editions.

August, 2012

The Vintage Children's Classics edition of A Brief History of Montmaray is now available in Australia in paperback and e-book formats. Random House Australia is also offering a chance to win a Vintage Children's Classics library and is giving away special gift packs with every purchase of three Vintage Children's Classics, for a limited time.

Michelle will be reading and signing books at Shearer's Bookshop's celebration of children's literature on National Bookshop Day (Saturday, 11th August).

July, 2012

The Rage of Sheep, Michelle's first YA novel, has just been released as an e-book in Australia and New Zealand. It's also available in the original paperback format.

To celebrate the release of the new Vintage Classics edition of A Brief History of Montmaray, Memoranda is giving away three copies of the book this month.

April, 2012

The FitzOsbornes at War, the final book in the Montmaray Journals trilogy, has just been published as a paperback and e-book in Australia and New Zealand. The book will be published in North America in October.

Michelle is also Writer in Residence at the Centre for Youth Literature's blog, Inside a Dog this month, and she'll be giving away a signed Montmaray book (see here for details).

Random House Australia has announced the launch of the Vintage Classics Children's collection. The initial list of twenty-one books will include A Brief History of Montmaray and will be published in August this year.

March, 2012

The FitzOsbornes in Exile is now available as a paperback edition in North America.

January, 2012

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has been listed in the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults by YALSA, a division of the American Library Association.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has also been named in the 2012 Rainbow Books list of 'quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content', compiled each year by the American Library Association.

December, 2011

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has been named one of the Best Teen Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.

November, 2011

The publication dates of The Montmaray Journals, Book Three: The FitzOsbornes at War have been announced. The Australian edition will be published in April, 2012, and the North American edition will be published in October, 2012. More information about the book can be found here and here.

Memoranda is also giving away copies of A Brief History of Montmaray this month.

July, 2011

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has been longlisted for the 2011 Inky Awards, run by the Centre for Youth Literature.

Memoranda is also giving away signed hardcover editions of The FitzOsbornes in Exile this month.

June, 2011

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has been shortlisted for the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Young Adults Book Award. You can read about the awards at the State Library of Western Australia website.

A Brief History of Montmaray has also been nominated for the 2012 Garden State Teen Book Awards by the New Jersey Library Association.

April, 2011

The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the second book in The Montmaray Journals trilogy, is now available as a hardcover, e-book and audiobook in North America.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has also been listed as a Notable Book for Older Readers in the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia awards.

March, 2011

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has been shortlisted for the 2011 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature. You can read about the award at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards website.

A Brief History of Montmaray is now available as a paperback in North America.

To celebrate the release of the paperback edition, Memoranda is running a Montmaray competition this month, with signed hardcover editions and CD audiobooks of A Brief History of Montmaray as prizes.

December, 2010

The Australian edition of The FitzOsbornes in Exile is now available as an audiobook on CD, narrated by Jane Nolan and published by Louis Braille Audio. You can find out more and order it at the Louis Braille Audio website.

November, 2010

Michelle will be speaking about YA literature at the Woollahra Festival on Sunday, 14th of November, with Georgia Blain and Michael Parker. The talk is free, but bookings are essential. UPDATE: This event has now been cancelled. Sorry!

September, 2010

Michelle has started up a new blog, in which she rambles on about books, writing and language. Visit Memoranda to join in the conversation.

August, 2010

The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the second book in The Montmaray Journals trilogy, is now available as a paperback and e-book in Australia and New Zealand. An audiobook version is coming soon from Louis Braille Audio.

A Brief History of Montmaray has a new cover and has been re-released in Australia and New Zealand.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile will be published in North America in April, 2011, with a paperback edition of A Brief History of Montmaray to be released in March, 2011.

June, 2010

Michelle will be part of the Girls Read Too program being run by the Centre for Youth Literature in Melbourne on Tuesday, 3rd of August (for teachers) and Wednesday, 4th of August (for secondary school girls, Years 7 to 11). You can find out more at Read Alert.

May, 2010

Michelle will be signing books at the Children's Book Council of Australia's conference in Sydney on Friday, 18th of June, between 1:15pm and 2:15pm.

Michelle will be speaking at the NSW Writers' Centre Festival of Children's and Young Adult Writing in Sydney on Saturday, 3rd of July.

April, 2010

The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the second book in The Montmaray Journals series, is scheduled to be published in hardcover and as an audiobook in North America in April, 2011. A Brief History of Montmaray will be released as a paperback in North America in March, 2011.

January, 2010

A Brief History of Montmaray is on the American Library Association's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults list.

The North American audiobook version of A Brief History of Montmaray, read by Emma Bering, is now available on CD and as a downloadable audiobook from Random House Audio.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the second book in The Montmaray Journals series, will be published in Australia in August, 2010.

November, 2009

A Brief History of Montmaray is on the Kids' Indie Next List for Winter 2009, a list of new books recommended by independent booksellers.

A Brief History of Montmaray is also a Recommended Book in the 2009 Parents' Choice Awards.

September, 2009

A Brief History of Montmaray will be available as a hardcover and an e-book in the United States and Canada from the 13th of October, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

August, 2009

Michelle will be part of Youth Reviews The Shortlist 2009 on the 21st of August (the day the CBCA Books of the Year are announced). You can find out more about this videoconference for high school students at the NSW Department of Education website. Registrations close on the 17th of August.

June, 2009

YA blog Persnickety Snark is running a Montmaray competition this month. For a chance to win a signed copy of A Brief History of Montmaray, visit Persnickety Snark. Entries close on the 22nd of June.

May, 2009

A Brief History of Montmaray has been awarded the 2009 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature. You can read about the award at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards website.

February, 2009

Michelle will be speaking at the 2009 Reading Matters Conference in Melbourne on the 29th and 30th of May. You can find out more at the Reading Matters website.

December, 2008

A Brief History of Montmaray is now available on CD, narrated by Melissa Chambers and published by Louis Braille Audio. You can find out more and order it at the Louis Braille Audio website.

A Brief History of Montmaray has also been added to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge booklist for Years Seven to Nine. You can find out more at the Reading Challenge website.

September, 2008

A Brief History of Montmaray has been shortlisted for the 2008 Golden Inky, Australia's teenage choice book award. If you're under twenty years of age, you can vote for it (or one of the other excellent YA books on the shortlist) at the Inside A Dog website.

June, 2008

A Brief History of Montmaray, the first in a series of novels set in 1930s Europe, is out now in Australia and New Zealand, published by Random House Australia. It will be published in North America in 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books. You can read more about the book here.

November, 2007

Michelle will be speaking about The Rage of Sheep at the 2007 English Teachers' Association Conference on the 8th of December. The conference programme can be found at the ETA website.