Mac Park is Back!

I’ve teamed up once again with my old writing partner Louise Park to create a brand new Mac Park series called D-Bot Squad and we can’t wait to share it with you. Published by Allen & Unwin in July 2017, it’s a…

EJ Gets A Fresh New Look

After selling over one million books in Australia and New Zealand alone, EJ12 is getting a fresh new cover design! You might start seeing the new-look covers in shops and online as they are releasing them slowly throughout the year. There…

Girl Hero Project is Live!

So excited that The Girl Hero Project has already had lots of amazing stories and inspiring badges being created and shared since we haven’t really started to tell anyone about it yet! We’ve been busy fine-tuning the designs and adding lots of new…

Girl Hero Project Launch

… Coming Soon! I’ve been busy working on a couple of new projects over the last few months and I’m excited to say that one of them – The Girl Hero Project – is almost ready to launch! There are…

Heartlines Reviews Are In

Heartlines has been out for a little while now and Robin and I are thrilled to be receiving emails from a wide range of readers who have both enjoyed it and found it has helped them think about their own…

Heartlines Launching Soon

I’m very excited and perhaps a little nervous, that Heartlines: The Year I Met My Other Mother, the book I have written with my birth mother, Robin Leuba, will be in stores very soon. It has been an incredible rollercoaster of an experience…

A Yabba, a Koala and a Kroc!

Yeay for little EJ! Puppy Alert, Book 4 in the EJ Spy School series, has been shortlisted in the Children’s Choice awards for best book for younger readers in New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory. These awards ask…

Hooking Reluctant Readers

This month I had the pleasure of writing a feature article for the Australian School Library Association’s ACCESS magazine on why I create and publish the stories I do, and the various strategies I use to engage kids in reading….

Another Honour for Time To Shine!

Our favourite girl spy EJ12 has been acknowledged again at this year’s KOALA Kid’s Own Literature Awards. EJ12 Girl Hero: Time to Shine has been named an Honour Book after thousands of children all over NSW voted it as one…

Time To Shine Shines!

The YABBA – or Young Australian Best Book Awards – have just announced their 2015 shortlist and Susannah is thrilled to see EJ12 Girl Hero included in the list. The awards were established in 1985 to help children find and…

12 Curly Questions with Kids Book Review

Did you catch Susannah’s guest post on the fabulous Kids Book Review website recently? She answered their 12 Curly Questions with aplomb we thought! You can find her answers to everything from her greatest fear to her favourite word here….

Author of the Month!

Susannah McFarlane is honoured to be Marlborough Libraries’ “author of the month”. This New Zealand based library network helps kids find great reads by their favourite authors by focusing on a different kid’s writer each month. Susannah often gets fan letters from kids…

Ciao EJ! Wins Toy of the Year!

The latest EJ12 adventure – EJ12 Girl Hero 18: Ciao EJ! – has won Book of the Year in Total Girl and K-Zone‘s Toy of the Year awards!  EJ12 Girl Hero has now sold nearly three quarters of a million copies, making it one…

EJ TV Coming Soon!

In super exciting news, EJ12 Girl Hero TV is coming soon as it has just been optioned for TV by the clever people at Ambience Entertainment. Susannah’s popular spy-adventure series for young girls has now sold nearly three quarters of…

Ciao EJ! shortlisted for Toy of The Year

Exciting to see that Ciao EJ! has been shortlisted in the K-Zone and Total Girl Toy of The Year Awards for 2014!  Ciao EJ! is the latest in the EJ12 Girl Hero mysteries and follows EJ to some of Italy’s most famous cities to find…

Stuff Happens! A new series for boys launches

Stuff Happens, a great new series for boys about everyday challenges has launched. Susannah created the concept and is the series editor for Penguin, the series publisher. The first two titles in the series Jack and Ned have now been…

New Gen Boy Vs Beast Out Now!

The new generation of this popular series for beginner and reluctant reading boys is now in stores and has a brand new website to go with it. Featuring new look covers – but packed with the same action, adventures, beasts…

Ardoch Youth Foundation receives 1000 Books!

Susannah recently donated 1000 books to Ardoch Youth Foundation, a children’s charity providing education support for children and young people experiencing disadvantage. The books – taken from each of her hugely successful series EJ12 Girl Hero, Boy Vs Beast and…

EJ Spy School: New Series for Beginner Readers

Younger fans of the hugely popular EJ12 Girl Hero stories can now enjoy it for themselves with the launch of the new EJ Spy School series. The perfect first chapter book series for young girls and beginner readers, EJ Spy…

SCHOOL VISITS DURING BOOK WEEK

During National Book Week, which ran from Saturday 18 to Friday 24 August, Susannah McFarlane visited a number of schools in Melbourne to join in the celebrations! Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a…

EJ12 Girl Hero starring in Get Reading!

This year, EJ12 Girl Hero 14: Kimono Code has been chosen to be one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down! It’s a great list, filled with Australian authors and a whole range of genres. Get Reading! is Australia’s…

Winners Announced For Mega-Comp!

Congratulations to all the winners of the EJ12 Mega-Comp, and thank you to all of those that entered. Susannah and the EJ12 Girl Hero Team were absolutely blown away by the quality of every single trailer we received, which made…

National Tour with Get Reading! in March

In March this year, Susannah was chosen as the ‘Get Reading! Guaranteed’ Australian author for the month, and three of her books – EJ12 Girl Hero 12: Secret Safari, Boy vs Beast 13: Torlavasaur and Boy vs Beast 14: Chillterratan…

EJ12 Book Trailer Mega-Comp Entries!

Check out some of the cool entries we have received in our EJ12 Book Trailer Mega-Comp! The EJ12 Girl Hero Team have been very impressed with all the entries received so far. Some are posted here, and the others can…

Time To Shine like EJ12 Girl Hero

Book 16 in my EJ12 Girl Hero series is released this month. In a special flashback mission, TIME TO SHINE takes readers back to when eight year-old Emma Jacks was first recruited to the SHINE Agency. SHINE recognises and nurtures…

DR SEUSS FOREVER

Who doesn’t like Dr Seuss? Who doesn’t owe at least a little bit of their childhood to his wonderful books? Parents love reading them, kids love reading them and the world is always a better, more interesting place after reading…

IS THAT BOOK TOO HARD?

How do you help your newly-reading child choose a book that they both want to read and that they are able to read? Possibly the best tip on this I have ever been taught is the five-finger rule. When you…

Black Ops Books

Not all kids love reading, some are actively against it (I have one of each) but we all need to read to be able to do other stuff (like learn, fill out forms) as well as disappear into the wonderful…

PICTURE BOOKS & PRINCESSES THAT PUNCH

Can you be a princess and a good feminist? Does the big dress and tiara get in the way of getting things real, non-self-preening things done? I think so. Lots of little girls love dressing up as a princess or…

BOOKS IN HOMES

I was thrilled to be asked to be a Books in Homes role model. Books in Homes Australia ‘provides books-of-choice to families and children living in remote and low-socioeconomic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for…

BOOKS FOR OUR GIRL HEROES

There’s a lot of discussion about gender stereotypes in kids’ books at the moment and I think it’s true to say that younger fiction, particularly series fiction, does tend to divide along pink and blue lines. Here, on the whole,…

Rocky Road’s Children’s Choice Honour!

EJ12 Girl Hero: Rocky Road has been recognised as a favourite with young readers in New South Wales by being acknowledged as a KOALA Children’s Choice Honour Book. The KOALAs – or Kids Own Australian Literature Awards – are given…