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Alison Croggon

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in Transvaal, South Africa



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Alison Croggon is the author of the young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. The first volume was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and named one of the Notable Books of 2003 by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The Naming, Book 1, was named a Top 10 Teen Read by The series has been released to critical and popular acclaim in the US, the UK and Europe. A new instalment of the Books of Pellinor, The Bone Queen, is due to be released in 2016/17.

Her novel Black Spring was released in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Pe

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Today’s post is on “The Crow” by Alison Croggon and it is the third book of Pellinor. It is 511 pages long including maps, notes, and appendices. It is published by Candlewick Press. The cover has the three main characters on it with Hem, who has..." Read more of this review »
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"This book scared me so deeply I put the book downwards so I couldn't see the face of the witch on the cover. I don't know if I can look at the front cover again- this book, whilst I was reading it, was far from scary and also, amazingly good with..." Read more of this review »
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“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.”
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“Love is one of the true mysteries,' he said at last. 'The truest and the deepest of all. One thing, Maerad: to love is never wrong. It may be disastrous; it may never be possible; it may be the deepest agony. But it is never wrong.”
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Alison Croggon Amanda wrote: "Thank you for being an amazing author! I have read the books of Pellinor multiple times and I still enjoy every word :)"

Many thanks, Amanda! Struggling along now with another Pellinor book, and it's very encouraging to hear.

Amanda Thank you for being an amazing author! I have read the books of Pellinor multiple times and I still enjoy every word :)

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Karen Tyrrell Thanks Alison for friending,
Please check out Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness,
A Teachers gutsy story of harassment, mental breakdown & Recovery.

Allison Awesome, thanks!

Alison Croggon Hi Allison - yes, a new book, Black Spring, is finished and forthcoming. But it will be a while before it's actually published.

Allison I loved your Pellinor series! Are you ever going to write anything new? Or do you already have a new book out and have I just missed it...?

Thanks! :)

Alison Croggon Hi Adrianja! Delighted to hear that you like the Pellinor books. Being a mod is above and beyond the call of duty.

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