Sending air kisses into the ether – mmwa – to everyone who voted for Dust and Henry Hoey Hobson in THE BIG READ celebrating stories set in Queensland.

Thanks to you, they’ve both come in winners – Dust for Older Readers, and Henry Hoey Hobson in the Younger Readers category.

Saturday’s announcement at the State Library of Queensland by Book Links Qld as part of the National Year of Reading was a great way to end Book Week …and an every better kickstart to Literacy Week (oh yes, the big weeks just keep on rolling for we wranglers of words).

Tomorrow I’m off to Calvary Christian College, and then on to All Hallows and Mt Alvernia later in the week to talk books and writing to secondary students.

And for Brisbane lovers of picture books, please feel free to drop by Riverbend Books at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August for the launch of Gus Gordon’s gorgeous Herman and Rosie. We’d love to see you there. 🙂

  1. Karen says:

    Congratulations, Chris! Wonderful books, wonderful person xxxxx

  2. Dimity Powell says:

    Kisses received! You know I loved both these books. Well done and please when can we have some more m’ame?

    • chrisbongers says:

      Thanks Dimity, I have “Drongoes” coming out for the littlies – 7 to 9 year olds – with Scholastic in February and am just putting the finishing touches to “Intruder” for teens (or will be, as soon as I can get my feet back under my desk!)

  3. Awesome news Christine, well-deserved too!

  4. mgbauer says:

    Fantastic news Chris! Voters got it right.

  5. Congrats Chris! Loved both books.

  6. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Kerri, and good luck with yours too. 🙂

  7. Congrats Chris! So well deserved. Very proud of Dust and our Henry 🙂

    Don’t get so busy with school visits that there’s no time to write! I know there are an awful lot of little (and not so little) readers out there waiting for your next book… xx

  8. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Kath, you’ll be pleased to hear that I have next week scheduled for writing. (Though I cringed typing that…clearing the decks for writing almost always brings down the wrath of a vengeful God. Hope I haven’t called down a plague or pestilence on my house!)

  9. Leanne Bridges says:

    Congratulations, Chris. You earned it!

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