Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith by Matt Porter
When wildlife warrior Mr Crikey bursts into the classroom of Grade 6B wrestling a python, the students think the saviour of the local Swimming Hole has arrived. Mr Crikey sets about helping the students raise money to purchase the Swimming Hole, and the surrounding bushland, and save it from the hands of developers. However, their plans are thrown into disarray when suave businessman Benjamin Griffith rents out the class storeroom and subsequently purchases shares in the students. Griffith forces the students to work for him and turns the classroom into a money earning regime with initiatives such as 'walk-thru learning'. Will the students of Grade 6B be able to regain power of their classroom and save the Swimming Hole?
Charlotte Duncan Award 2015
Celapene Press invites entries for the Charlotte Duncan Award for a short story for young readers aged 9-12 years. This award has been established in the memory of Charlotte Duncan to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. Entry fee: $9.90 per story. 1st prize - $75, 2nd prize - $50, 3rd prize - $25. Winning entries will be published on the Celapene Press website.
Short and Twisted 2015
Selection is now complete and everyone who submitted has been notified. Congratulations to those accepted for publication in this year's issue, which is due to be released at the end of June.
In Hades by Goldie Alexander
Aurealis Awards 2014 Finalist - Young Adult Short Story
Kai and Bilby-G have cared little for the impact their actions have had on other people. When tragedy strikes, they are thrown into a journey of self-reflection where they must explore the real meaning of trust, love, family and forgiveness.
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A Game of Keeps by Dianne Bates
Bright and cheerful Ashley lives with her mum and pet guinea pig, Froggie. Ashley wants a lot of things in her life: a puppy,
to be a dancer or actress when she grows up, and more attention from her mum. Most of all she wants her parents to be reunited.
CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 - Notable Book
Ron Green's family is broken, just like him. He isn't able to live with his mum or dad, or step-mother. He's nobody's boy. Now he's being fostered by his aunt who has three sons of her own. It's a chaotic, angry environment, and young Ron isn't at all happy. When strangers, Rosie and Bob, offer to care for him, he jumps at the chance, rebels against his aunt, and is placed with them. It's the kind of home he's always dreamed of. There is only one thing missing. He aches to be with his dad ...
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