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WRITERS IMAGINATION

What is it? Something few people have. You think everyone has it because you do—but they don’t. Millions of people love stories. Thousands long to write them. But they won’t, because they lack that one quality that separates the writer from everyone else, that pesky imagination. Writers don’t think of stories like everyone else. We […]

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GETTING BOYS INTO READING

Research shows that boys are less likely to enjoy reading than girls. More boys than girls struggle with reading and writing at school and boys are more likely to say they don’t spend any time reading outside the classroom. So what can parents do to encourage their boys to read and to enjoy books? Here […]

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ORDER NOW FOR XMAS

Our Australia This fiction series written by renowned kid’s author Phil Kettle is a celebration of the nation: My Australia, Your Australia, Our Australia. Jump aboard the campervan with Taha, an Australian boy of Greek heritage, and his mum. They’re off on a journey of discovery that’s going to lead them to some of our […]

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GOOD NEWAS

Ross River Reading Fever Townsville Librarian Shan Boller Delighted to announce that 8 year old Libby from Townsville has Ross River Reading Fever . Since Libby’s reading has improved SO MUCH during the year, she won the prize: Naming Rights to Hazel’s next character in a story. During an author visit to Townsville in February, […]

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GOOD NEWS

Hi Phil, I have had at least one parent come in to our store and ask about ordering 5 different “TOO COOL” titles from your sports series. Is there any publisher that handles distribution of your books in the USA? Or how can we get copies of your books. Thanks for your help. Dick Brulotte, […]

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READING REVELATIONS – BOYS

While everyone knows that TOOCOOL rules, the reality is that people ask me, not him, the hard questions about boys and reading. That said, an analysis of TOOCOOL’s adventures will actually provide many of the answers that people seek when trying to unpack the range of issues associated with boys and reading. The question I’m […]

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ANOTHER TOOCOOL and MARCY REVIEW

Review of the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ Series Written by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: 7 years+ Themes:  sports, friendships, outdoors, adventures, action My name is Toocool, and I’m a legend! I’m always after books for young readers just starting out on chapter books. The ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ books have been around for […]

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ANOTHER TOOCOOL and MARCY REVIEW

I’m always after books for young readers just starting out on chapter books. The ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ books have been around for a while now and are perennially popular, but some great new titles have just been released. The ‘TooCool’ books are squarely aimed at young boys, but I know plenty of sport loving girls […]

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A book that changed your life: ‘Flick the Page’ 16 September 2013 , 6:36 PM by Scott Lamond September is Get Reading month across Australia and 91.7 ABC Gold Coast is giving YOU the chance to win the Get Reading prize of 50 Books You Can’t Put Down. What to do? In 50 words or […]

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On tour in WA

Authors go from big smoke to remote: ‘Flick the Page’ 09 September 2013 , 2:37 PM by Scott Lamond September is ‘Get Reading’ month but popular authors are travelling the nation to teach kids how to write stories. ABC Gold Coast’s resident childrens author Phil Kettle joined fellow author Meridith Costain on a visit to […]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF STORY TELLERS

The magic of spinning a yarn: ‘Flick the Page’ 26 August 2013 , 2:34 PM by Scott Lamond Are Aussie kids missing out on the beauty of storytelling? What are the ingredients of a good story? Today on ‘Flick the Page’ the art of stroytelling is explored and storyteller Anne E Stewart (pictured) shares a […]

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