For Teachers

RHA_Intruder_Front cover 21-03-14Christine Bongers’ latest novel Intruder has won the Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and has been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for older readers.

Teachers Resources for Intruder can be found on the Penguin Random House website or by clicking here. It is recommended for reading groups, book clubs and in-class study from Years 6 to 10. Click here for a review published by the Australian Teacher-Librarian Network or here for a review on Children’s Books Daily (or here for even more reviews).

Dust is a CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers and is studied in numerous high schools throughout Australia. Click here for Teachers notes for Dust which were written by Judith Ridge, a leading advocate of children’s and young adult literature. She is a Churchill Fellow, has an MA in children’s literature, and has written teachers’ notes for books by Melina Marchetta, MT Anderson and Morris Gleitzman.

9781925324921_HenryHoeyHobson_300dpiHenry Hoey Hobson has his own truly awesome Teachers Notes. Click here for Teachers’ Resources for Henry Hoey Hobson  They include a comprehensive chapter summary and a large selection of ready-to-use classroom activities.

HHH’s notes come courtesy of Jean Yates, a former teacher, Director of the Somerset Celebration of Literature Writers Festival, and judge in the YA section of the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.

drongoesFor teachers notes on Drongoes, my chapter book for newly independent readers, please go to or click here for classroom activities courtesy of Children’s Books Daily

Bongers_DSC0431If you want to meet the face behind the words, I am available for school visits and author talks and love sharing my passion for writing and reading with all ages.

For bookings please contact Sandie Fraser at Speakers Ink or email


  1. Robyn Norris - teacher/librarian says:

    Dear Christine,
    Hi my name is John I live in Dungog and I would like to ask you some questions. I have just read your book as a part of a free choice reading project.

    (1 Is it fun to write books?) (2 How does it feel to be a popular book person?) (3 How does it feel to be an author?) (4 How long did it take you to write the books that you wrote?)
    (5 What was your best book you wrote?) (6 What are the names of all the books you wrote?)
    From John.

    • chrisbongers says:

      Hi John,
      Yes, writing fiction is the most fun you can have at a keyboard! I love all my characters (even the ghastly ones), which is lucky because I spend so much time with them. My first novel “Dust” took more than four years to finish, my second novel “Henry Hoey Hobson” took about nine months, and “Intruder” which I hope will come out next year, took about two years. I writer shorter stories as well – “Drongoes” (my chapter book coming out with Scholastic’s Aussie Mates in February 2013) took only a few weeks to write (but much longer for Dan McGuinness to illustrate!) I could never choose a favourite – I’ll let my readers decide which one of my books they like best. 🙂

  2. Smann says:

    Hello, I have just read your book. Could you please leave me all the chapter summaries of the book? Thanks i know it might be a little late.

  3. Gerald Rea says:

    Hi Christine, you spoke to the kids of Belmont this year and I loved the advice that you gave our young writers about powerful verbs. Was wondering if you had a poster or graphic that I could use in my classroom to help them strengthen their verbs, without having to use adverbs.

    • chrisbongers says:

      Hi Gerald, lovely to hear from you. I really enjoyed my week at Belmont SS. Unfortunately I don’t have a poster or graphic I can give to you. In the past I have used the image of Rosie the Riveter with a Strong Verbs! heading and improvised examples of adverbs propping up weak verbs eg ‘She walked quietly down the hall’ will prompt the kids to come up with tip-toed/crept/sneaked/sidled/glided etc. It’s a fun activity that the kids enjoy, Cheers, Chris.

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