Meg McKinlay





Meg McKinlay


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Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children’s writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. She has a PhD in Japanese Literature and was formerly an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and spends most of her time cooking up books.

She has published twelve books for children, ranging from picture books through to young adult novels, and a collection of poetry for adults. Her work has been shortlisted for awards such as the WA Premier’s Prize,
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Last week two things happened:

i) This shiny trophy arrived in the post! A Single Stone won the Best Children’s Fiction category of the 2015 Aurealis Awards. This was a mighty fine thing and I’m very grateful to everyone involved.

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ii) I was featured in The Australian Writers Centre’s “So You Want to be a Writer” podcast series, which was also a mighty fine thing and a lot of fun to do.

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Average rating: 3.70 · 1,170 ratings · 291 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
No Bears

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3.69 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Below

3.52 avg rating — 388 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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A Single Stone

4.10 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Duck for a Day

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Ten Tiny Things

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Definitely No Ducks

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The Truth about Penguins

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Annabel, again

3.29 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2007
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Bella and the Wandering House

3.44 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Wreck the Halls

3.88 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012
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“Alive. That was the first thing.
A daughter. That was the second.
They knew this without being told, without searching the newborn's features for some telltale sign. If the child had been a boy, the Mothers would have emerged empty-handed. They would have filed quietly from the house, leaving the family to their disappointment.
A boy was simply another mouth to feed, another body to keep warm during the winter. A boy might wield an axe or trap a bird. He might mend a roof or skin a rabbit.
Such things were useful; there was no denying it. But a daughter? A daughter could do those too, and much more besides.”
Meg McKinlay, A Single Stone

“They watched as the bird disappeared, until the only sign it had been there at all was the quivering of branches, a handful of leaves falling quietly to the forest floor around them.
There was no need for either to say what they were thinking. They had done a wrong thing, a right thing.
They would tell no one ever.”
Meg McKinlay, A Single Stone

“I had always been the girl who focused quietly on the spine of a leaf while other kids ran around squealing.”
Meg McKinlay, Below

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