Hey Bazza!

So I have this weird thing where I feel like I kind of know Barry Jonsberg (but, ahem, apart

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Barry getting into character – by far the coolest pic of him on the net!

from a brief FB message exchange which I’m sure doesn’t count, I don’t). But I feel like I know him bkiffoecause, you know, I discovered him before he was big.

I read his first book The whole business with Kiffo and the Pit Bull calma(2004) and then the sequel (my absolute fave!) It’s not all about you Calma (2005). I loved the humour in these books and the Brisbane setting. And I particularly loved that I was able to share them with you, Rose, and that you loved them perhaps even more than I did!

I’ve also read Barry’s My Life as an Alphabet (bittersweet middlegrade) and Cassie which was part of the Girlfriend series. While I enjoyed these books they didn’t quite tap into the laugh out loud humour that I loved in the earlier books. And I must admit that I haven’t read any Barry since because unlike many YA fans I’m not really into that wgthole dystopian future thing and that seems to be where he’s gone.

So Game Theory – hmm. To be honest, it looks scary. Check out the cover and the tag: I have your sister. I don’t think there’s going to be much to laugh about…but that’s okay. I can be brave…and it’s probably time I branched out and tried something of Barry’s that’s not humour. Ready, set, spaghetti!

 

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About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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