Isobelle Carmody

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Published Sep 21, 2017, 1:23 AM

Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's foremost authors of YA fiction and children's literature. 

She began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school. The first book, Obernewtyn, was short-listed for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) in 1988. The series was finally finished more than twenty years later with The Red Queen in 2015.

Isobelle's other recognitions and awards include:

  • The Farseekers: The Obernewtyn Chronicles, awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers in 1991
  • Scatterlings, awarded the Talking Book of the Year Award in 1992
  • The Gathering, awarded the Children’s Literature Peace Prize in 1993 and the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 1994 
  • Ashling: The Obernewtyn Chronicles, awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 1996
  • Darkfall, awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1998
  • Greylands, awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 1998
  • Billy Thunder and the Night Gate, shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Childrens Literature in the 2001 NSW Premiers Literary Awards
  • Alyzon Whitestar, awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel and the 2005 Golden Aurealis for Best Novel in 2005
  • Little Fur: The Legend of Little Fur, awarded the Aurealis Award for Children's Long Fiction in 2006
  • A Fox Called Sorrow: The Legend of Little Fur, awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel in 2006
  • The Stone Key: The Obernewtyn Chronicles, shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2008
  • The Red Wind, awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia's Young Readers Book of the Year in 2011 (Younger Readers)
  • The Cloud Road, shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Book in 2013

In 2017, Isobelle is the ACT Writer-in-Residence at the ACT Writers Centre. She is also currently working on PhD at the University of Queensland.

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