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Gabrielle Wang
Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. Gabrielle’s novel The Garden of Empress Cassia, won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and was a CBCA Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award and The Lion Drummer was named a Notable Book in this year’s CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Gabrielle’s latest novel, A Ghost in My Suitcase was released in February.

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Books include:
A Ghost In My Suitcase (2009)
The Hidden Monastery (2006)

Gabrielle Wang appears in event 2451 and event 2414.


Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld spends his summers in Sydney and spends his other summers in New York. He has been a musician, software game designer and ghost-writer, but writing under his own name turned out to be the most fun. His novels have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, made the Times' Essential Summer Reading List, and awarded the Philip K Dick Special Citation. He has two series' Uglies and Midnighters which won the Aurealis award for Best Young Adult Fantasy. In October 2009, The Leviathan Trilogy Book 1, with illustrations by Keith Thompson will be released in Australia.

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Books include:
Leviathan Trilogy Book 1 (September, 2009)
Specials (2006)

Scott Westerfeld appears in event 2423 and event 2522 and event 2514 and event 2622.

Chris Wheat
Chris Wheat takes an active interest in politics and education and believes everyone has to do something to help save the planet. He has lived a life largely without trauma, although he has been attacked by a lemur, three German shepherds and a tribe of monkeys; been twice beaten up by gangs; had a meat pie thrown at him by a stranger; and has slept in an igloo - not all on the same day. He has published five novels for young adults: Two-Stroke Shane, Loose Lips, My Excellent Lives and Grinders, and his latest is Screw Loose.

Books include:
Screw Loose (2008)
Grinders (2001)

Chris Wheat appears in event 2531 and event 2562.