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Alyssa Brugman was born in Rathmines, Lake Macquarie, Australia in May 1974. She attended five public schools before completing a Marketing Degree at the University of Newcastle.
Alyssa has worked as an after-school tutor for Aboriginal children. She taught management, accounting and marketing at a business college, worked for a home improvements company and then worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer. She currently runs a small business providing hoofcare, equine rehabilitation and producing nutritional supplements for horses.
Her first book, Finding Grace, was published in 2001 and since then she has written a further 11 books.
She submitted her first manuscript, Finding Grace, to the Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1998. While the novel did not receive an award, it was considered for publication, the most recent of which being 'Alex as Well'.
Alyssa's books have been short listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers - Honour Book), the Sanderson Young Adult Audio Book of the Year, and the Best Designed Young Adult Book APA Design Awards, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, the Michael Printz Award, the Kids Own Australian Literature Award, The Young Australian Best Book Awards and the Children's Choice Book Awards, the Children's Peace Literature Award, selected for the 'Books Alive' Campaign, and listed as a Voices of Youth Advocates "Top Shelf Fiction" book, and the Adelaide Festival Literature Award.
Alyssa's books have been translated into eight languages - Turkish, Portugese, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and German.
Alyssa writes full time and lives in the Hunter Valley. She has recently completed postgraduate studies at the University of Canberra.
May 2014 Book of the Month This is an incredibly tender, funny, and powerful novel about questioning identity, exploring gender and sexuality and navigating friendships and finding a place to belong. It's a novel that you will want to talk about long after you've read the final page. A real coming-of-age novel that will touch the heart of all who read it and surprise you along the way. A Piece of Passion from Georgia Lawe, Publicist, Curious Fox I first read Alex As Well in autumn last year and I can remember now the feeling of turning the last page: ‘please don’t let it end, I want to read it again’. It’s a book I immediately wanted my friends to read so I could talk to them about it. It masterfully combines humour, powerful emotional scenes, thought-provoking concepts and characters you both love and hate. It’s a fast, fun and un-put-down-able read – and it’s also more than that. It’s an important book. It raises questions about gender and sexuality that I’d never even thought of and has definitely changed my view of the gender spectrum. Since connecting with the LGBT world to get feedback on Alex As Well, I’ve discovered some amazing facts, people and communities. I’ve learnt that 1 in 2000 babies are born intersex (having both male and female attributes) which is the same proportion as babies born with ginger hair – mind blowing heh? I’ve made contact with some amazingly supportive and positive people in the trans and intersex world, as well as champions in the literary world like Inclusive Minds. It’s been an enlightening journey for me as a publicist to explore this world and theme and I’m so excited to see the book published. This is a book I believe in with all my heart and I hope it touches the heart of everyone who reads it, young and old, girl and boy, gay and straight, male and female and those in between.
Why does it matter whether I am a boy or a girl? But it does. It really, really matters. When Alex was born, the doctors described him as sexually ambiguous , with both male and female reproductive organs. For the last fourteen years his parents have raised Alex as a boy. They dressed him in boys' clothes, sent him to a boys' school and gave him medication to help regulate his hormones. But last night at dinner, Alex made an announcement, three words that would change everything: I'm a girl . And when Alex sets about changing her life - her wardrobe, her school, her entire identity - no one knows how to react, least of all her parents.
A novel about losing your home and finding your family, from the award-winning Australian author of Walking Naked and Finding GraceSee, what happened was, our lives were going really well. My mum got a promotion, I enrolled in an A-list school, and then my Dad had this great idea to start an empire. But now he's 'gone to the country'. What does that mean? Is it the same place they take old, sick dogs? Has he joined a cult? It's been two months now, and I still don't know what it means. Declan, the boy next door, says that my dad's in hospital, but everyone's dying as far as Declan is concerned. Now there are strange people living in our spare rooms, and all my stuff is on the lawn. I've tried to raise it with my mum, but she talks to me as if I am a four-year-old - when she talks to me at all, which is less and less lately. Hello! Can somebody please tell me what's going on?
The fifth exciting adventure in a series about ponies, girls, fun and friendship, written by a highly acclaimed Australian author. Shelby would never ever sell her beloved Blue, would she? Just how much money would it take to make her change her mind? And when Shelby's new friend Olivia tells her about a horse that she got for free, Shelby knows it's too good to be true. What is the secret price that Olivia will have to pay?
The fourth exciting adventure in a series about ponies, girls, fun and friendship, written by a highly acclaimed Australian author.Brenda Edel's champion stallion has disappeared. Was Diablo stolen, or is it all an accident? Shelby resolves to find out. Meanwhile, a touring trick riding troupe have set up on the other side of the Gully. Shelby's trusty pony, Blue, with his festive colouring and solid laid-back style, makes a perfect trick riding mount, and Shelby improves quickly. Should she join the troupe and leave her old friends from the stables and Pony Club behind?
Can one girl and her horse triumph against the odds? Find out in this new novel by acclaimed author Alyssa Brugman. Shelby's pony Blue has been evicted from his paddock. Shelby's parents have threatened to give him away to the local riding school, unless Shelby can find a new place fast. It seems the 'Matchstick Town Challenge' prize money is the answer to all her problems, but the Matchstick Town has a secret. Who else knows about this mysterious place, and what are they hiding?
The third exciting adventure in a series about ponies, girls, fun and friendship, written by a highly acclaimed Australian author. As hard as she tries, Shelby just can't stay out of trouble. This time, she and her friends Lindsey and Erin can't resist buying a beautiful young pony that is going cheap at the horse auctions. The girls are sure that, between them, they have the skills to give the horse some light training and sell it on for at least three times the money. The problem is, none of the girls are allowed to have a new horse. They each tell their parents that the new horse (which they call 'Hot Potato') belongs to one of the other girls. Unfortunately 'Hotty' is not as easy to hide, or train, as they had imagined.
For sale or swap. Eye-catching brown pony. Fully educated. Royal quality. Consider swap for beginner's mount. Shelby is convinced her reliable but ugly pony, Blue, is holding her back at Pony Club. If only she had a beautiful horse, everyone would see what a great rider she is. But how can Shelby buy a new horse when her parents can't even afford to pay her Pony Club fees? When she sees an ad for an eye-catching brown pony for sale or swap, Shelby thinks she's found the answer to all her problems. Maxshine Celtic Copper - otherwise known as Brat - seems perfect. But swapping a pony who's your best friend for a highly strung horse whose beautiful brown coat washes out with shampoo turns out to be a really bad idea. The race is on for Shelby and her friends to catch a horse thief, find her beloved Blue and return Brat to her rightful owners.
'Every school has one. They are ugly or fat. They have scars or acne or birthmarks. We are mean to them. We ridicule them. We don't want to stand near them or sit next to them. Perdita was one of those.' Megan is one of the leaders of the in-group. She wouldn't dream of talking to Perdita, 'the Freak'. But when they are thrown together in detention, she finds herself drawn into a spiky, challenging almost-friendship. Megan faces an uncomfortable truth: Perdita or the group? This sharply observed, unflinching story is about the ins and outs of girls' friendships, the power of words and poetry and the painful getting of wisdom.
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