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is a writer and Literacy Consultant. He has worked in South Australian High Schools, New York City schools and as a Literacy Curriculum Officer for the South Australian Education Department. In addition to children’s books, he has written a range of educational texts.
Part of his interest in writing stems from the fact that his grandfather was a local poet in an Oxfordshire village in England, who regularly recited his poems to the family, with or without requests!
Mike was always interested in writing but a young family and many sporting activities kept him fully occupied until he decided he wasn’t getting any better at basketball and his three children were old enough to allow him some uninterrupted time. He then began writing picture books at the same time as devising educational texts for teachers.
After many years of teaching in South Australia, Mike moved to New York City, to work supporting students, teachers and leaders with literacy development. Whilst in the U.S he took advantage of the opportunities for travel, learning more about the history of the country and swing dancing!
Now living back in Australia, in his spare time Mike enjoys travel, trying to keep fit, jazz and watching most sports, especially basketball, soccer and tennis.
December 2018 Book of the Month | Santa turns to modern gadgets to deliver his presents in this gentle, humorous story. He still uses reindeer, though the sleigh has been updated to a nice old open-topped car, but resorts to a jet-pack in busy cities - well, it makes parking much easier - and he keeps a check on deliveries via an iPad. His best laid plans go wrong though when he drops it but fortunately the little girl he’s delivering to is a digital native and can fix it for him. The story may hinge on modern technology for its drama but there’s a charmingly vintage feel to Angela Perrini’s illustrations and the final message - one of kindness and generosity- is thoroughly traditional.
When her brother, James, went to war, Annie stitched the name Digger onto her toy kangaroo and gave him to James as a farewell present. 'A Digger for a digger,' she said, hugging her brother. 'I'll keep him safe,' James promised. Digger is the story of one toy kangaroo, one Australian soldier and two girls, in two countries on opposite sides of a world at war. It's a quiet reminder of the casualties of war, and a tribute to the French schoolchildren who once tended the graves of Australian soldiers who died on the Western Front in the heroic battle for Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918. A beautiful and heartwarming story set during World War I.
aitlin loves wild animals. She begs her parents to let her have an unusual pet. They turn down her requests for a panda, a camel and a boa constrictor. But they are happy to let her have a mouse. What they are not ready for is the kind of mouse it turns out to be. Hippopotamouse is a hilarious story about an imaginative girl and her extraordinary pets.
Ethan knows he can win the skateboarding contest. Jet-board is a sure-fire winner. But when Jet-board helps to save someone's life, a new adventure begins to unfold. Suddenly Jet-board is missing and Ethan and and his sister Grace must pull out all the stops to get it back, win the competition, and set the record straight. Jet-board is the exciting, action-packed sequel to Jet-ball.
Grace and Ethan are back! And this time they are heading to New York! The stage is set. The World Young Inventor's Competition is on and Jet-bike is in with a chance. But before Grace and Ethan can become the next superstars, a horrible kidnapping takes place that involvess everyone in ways they never imagined. Take a ride through an action- packed adventure as they attempt to unravel the clues, solve the crime and win the competition. Will Jet-bike be the best invention yet? Jet-bike is the thrilling final chapter to the Jet-ball and Jet-board
Russell's father was a wildlife ranger, so Russell knew all about looking after Joeys. But nothing could have prepared Russell for this Super Joey. Award winner Mike Dumbleton has written a rollicking tale of an extraordinary chase. Who will end up with Super Joey: Russell and his family? The zoo? Researchers at the university? Or two unlikely criminals who see 'money on legs'? One Cool Kangaroo is a wild read about a wild kangaroo.
When Nick's telescope arrives, his friends Caleb and Rosie get caught up in the excitement. The three decide to call themselves The Stargazers, and they work hard to construct an observatory in Nick's backyard. They look forward to their first night of stargazing. But something interferes with their plans. The Stargazers is a story about family and friends and how they can help each other and work together to solve problems.
Cain King is trouble. He is also big and slow. So when Cain challenges Ethan to shoot baskets, the stakes are high and Ethan is confident he can win. Ethan should have known better than to trust Cain. But Ethan also had a secret weapon - his sister Grace. What they weren't expecting was to be caught up in a crime. Jet-ball is a gritty, urban thriller. At a deeper level it is about bullying, competition and being resourceful.