Posts Tagged ‘Killer Stories’

I’m a big fan of assorted treats, and the latest anthology from Ford Street Publishing promises to win over the fussiest of readers.

Trust Me Too showcases a Who’s Who of Aussie kids literature with fifty-seven writers and illustrators contributing something bite-sized and delicious to each and every page.

There’s something to tempt all tastes: Sci Fi, fantasy, adventure, crime, humour, speculative fiction, historical, contemporary, sport, poetry and even Zombie Salad Eater comic strips!

I admit the first one I sampled I had already read (Killer Stories by Christine Bongers :)). But then, I hadn’t seen Peter Viska’s illustrations which added a whole new dimension to my original idea of writers cannibalising lives…

Spoilt for choice, I’ve been working my way through some favourites – Shaun Tan, James Roy, Lorraine Marwood, Steven Herrick, Leigh Hobbs,  Meredith Costain, Pat Flynn, Isobelle Carmody and am still chortling over Doug MacLeod‘s whimsical meditation on the trials and tribulations of the writing life, I am an Author.

Fortunately, I don’t need to gorge it all at one sitting. With 480-odd pages and the school holidays upon us, there’s time to savour every bite.

Unfortunately, I don’t share. Sorry. If you’d like your own copy, you’ll  have to click here or trot down to your local bookstore.

(FYI, Trust Me Too is aimed at 11-14 year-olds. But hey, we’re all still big kids at heart, right?)

I have man flu. My usual nocturnal purr has become an alarming rafter-rattling snore that has destroyed my vocal chords. I cough, I splutter, I spend a day in bed reading Melina Marchetta’s mesmerisingly brilliant Froi of the Exiles.

I graduate from no voice to man voice. Telemarketers ask if my wife’s home.

I need cheering up, and lo, the gods smile upon me. Not one, but two publishing contracts arrive at chez Bongers.

The one from Scholastic comes via the ze french post man (he’s sweet, says ‘allo and calls me by my street-name-and-number when he spots me walking the dog far from home) .

The other, from Ford Street Publishing, pops up in my inbox.

Both of them are firsts for me. I squeal in delight; no sound comes out, but the beagle snaps to attention.

Drongoes will be my first illustrated chapter book, published by Scholastic next year in their Mates series of great Australian yarns.
Killer Stories will be published in Ford Street Publishing‘s 2012 anthology Trust Me Too!.

To celebrate, the beagle and I are snoopy dancing to Van Morrison’s Days Like This.

Click here to join us. 🙂