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Magrit (Lee Battersby, Walker Books) 

4 February 2016

Magrit is nearly 10 and lives in an abandoned cemetery with her skeletal mentor Master Puppet. One day her simple life is disrupted forever by the arrival of a tiny...

Spiral of absurdity: Lee Battersby on ‘Magrit’ 

4 February 2016

Lee Battersby’s first book for children is set in an abandoned cemetery and has ‘echoes of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book’. Reviewer Tehani Wessely spoke to the author....

Power play: Meg McKinlay on ‘A Single Stone’

30 January 2015

Meg McKinlay’s novel for younger readers A Single Stone (Walker Books, May) ‘manages to pose big questions about gender and power, and thoroughly entertain’, writes reviewer Frances Atkinson. She spoke to...

New Walker Books website for teachers and librarians

17 October 2014

Walker Books Australia has launched a new website for teachers and librarians. Walker Books Classroom features classroom ideas, book lists, interviews and other resources, which are organised by theme, title,...

Foster leaves Walker Books 

4 July 2014

Walker Books has announced that Sarah Foster, managing director and publisher for Walker Books Australia and New Zealand, has left the company. Her last day was on 4 July.‘It is with great...

Soldier on: Rachael Craw on ‘Spark’ 

29 April 2014

Rachael Craw’s debut YA novel Spark (Walker Books, July) is about Evie, a 17-year-old super-soldier from a government experiment gone wrong. Dani Solomon spoke to the author.I loved the character...

Bolinda partners with Walker Books on audiobooks, ebooks 

5 February 2014

Bolinda has formed a publishing and distribution partnership with Walker Books to co-publish new release audiobooks, distribute backlist audiobooks and distribute digital content, including ebooks, via its BorrowBox platform.The partnership...

Changes at Walker Books 

8 October 2013

At Walker Books, Melissa Keown has moved into a new position, taking on responsibility for sales of all Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press and Walker Books Australia English-language editions in...

Walker Books to launch media imprint 

30 September 2013

In the UK, Walker Books is set to launch a media imprint, reports the Bookseller. The imprint, which launches in 2014, will be called Walker Entertainment in the UK and...

Vale Jan Ormerod 

5 February 2013

Jan Ormerod, Australian author and illustrator, has died aged 67. Sarah Foster, managing director and publisher of Walker Books, writes: ‘One of the first things Jan Ormerod ever said to...

Australian author-illustrator Jan Ormerod dies 

25 January 2013

Much-loved Australian children’s books author and illustrator Jan Ormerod has died in the UK. Ormerod died from a stroke on 23 January after battling cancer. Her daughter Laura announced the news...

Junior book bites 

15 October 2012

A taste of forthcoming Junior books.  Picture books A number of lovely board books are out later this year, including a some readalong picture books by Alison Lester: Run like...