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Catherine Jinks

Catherine Jinks is the author of more than thirty books for children, young adults and adults.
 
Catherine Jinks is the author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Davitt Award for YA Crime Fiction (twice), the  Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award (three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, and the Australian Ibby Award.

Her work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the United States, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Thailand.

Catherine was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea, where her father worked as a patrol officer. Her high-school years were spent in Sydney, NSW; in 2006, her alma mater, Ku-ring-gai High School, named its library after her.

From 1982 to 1986, Catherine studied at the University of Sydney, graduating with an honours degree in medieval history. She then worked on Westpac Banking Corporation’s staff magazine for approximately seven years. In 1992 she married Peter Dockrill, a Canadian journalist; in 1993 she and her husband left Australia for a brief spell in Nova Scotia, where she began to write full time. They returned to Australia in 1994, and Catherine gave birth to her daughter Hannah in 1997. Since 1998, she and her family have been living in Leura, NSW.

She has two brothers, and two pet rats. Like most people in Leura, she has become a slave to her garden, but not to the extent that she’ll buy rooting powder.

Catherine has been writing books since she was eight years old. She doesn’t expect to stop writing them any time soon
 

www.catherinejinks.com/

At seven, Cadel Piggott was hacking into computer networks. At eight, he was orchestrating traffic jams. At twelve, he was sabotaging construction sites. Now, at fourteen, he’s studying for his World Domination degree. The trouble is, he’s finding it hard to live up to his father’s expectations.
   Winner of the 2006 Davitt Award for Young Adult Crime Fiction.
 
Cadel Piggott’s been having a hard time since he chose to be good rather than evil. He doesn’t know where he was born. He doesn't know who his father is. And he’s under constant threat from Prosper English - the criminal mastermind he helped to put in gaol. 
   Will Genius Squad be the answer to all Cadel’s prayers? Or is he right to question their motives? Deciding what’s good and what’s bad is more difficult than he could ever have imagined.
   Winner of the 2009 Davitt Award for Crime Fiction (Young Adult).
 
After abandoning a life full of deception and mistrust, fifteen-year-old Cadel has finally found his niche. He has a proper home, good friends and loving parents. He’s even studying at university.
   But he’s still not safe from Prosper English, who’s now a fugitive from justice and determined to smash everything that Cadel has struggled to build. When Cadel’s nearest and dearest are threatened, he must launch an all-out attack on the man he once viewed as his father.
   Can he track down Prosper before it’s too late? And what rules will he have to break in the process?
 
 
Nina Harrison became a vampire in 1973, when she was fifteen, and she hasn’t aged a day since then. But she hasn’t had any fun, either; she still lives with her mum, and the highlight of her sickly, couchbound life is probably her Tuesday-night group meeting, which she spends with a miserable bunch of fellow sufferers, being lectured at.
   But then one of the group is mysteriously turned to ashes, and suddenly they’re all under threat. That’s when Nina decides to prove that every vampire on earth isn’t a weak, pathetic loser. Along with her friend Dave, she hunts down the culprit ─ and soon finds herself up against some gun-toting werewolf traffickers who’ll stop at nothing.
   Can a bunch of feeble couch potatoes win a fight like this? Is there more to your average vampire than meets the eye? 
 
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.
   He assumes that his two rambunctious best friends are somehow responsible, until he discovers that they’re just as freaked out as he is. Then the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous condition. Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help.
   It’s not until he’s kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them - and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means. 
 
 

 

Participating in these panels....
Drawing the Line Sat, 10/08/2011 - 11:45am
Turning the Tables Sat, 10/08/2011 - 3:45pm