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Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer is author of fourteen books for teenagers and younger readers. Her latest title Light Horse Boy follows the journey of a young soldier who sails with his horse from Melbourne with the 1st AIF in 1914. The book follows Jim’s journey to Egypt, Gallipoli and through iconic battles of WW1’s Desert Campaign. Light Horse Boy can be read as a companion novel to Dianne’s previous title, Lighthouse Girl. Lighthouse Girl was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s History Awards and the WA Premier’s Awards. It won the children’s choice, 2010 West Australian Young Readers Book Awards and is an ASLA recommended reading text for the National History Curriculum. Lighthouse Girl is based on the true story of Fay Howe, daughter of the Breaksea Island lighthouse keeper, who relayed messages for the departing ANZAC troops. Dianne enjoys combining her love of history with writing fiction. Her picture book, Photographs in the Mud (also a recommended History Curriculum text) was inspired by a research trip along the Kokoda Track. It was recently published in Japanese and is used as a reference for international workshops promoting peaceful ‘discourse analysis’. Dianne is an active member of writing groups, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and served for six years as their WA Advisor. Dianne loves travelling and has spent much of her life overseas. She lives on the south coast of WA.

Awards

Winner, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 2010
Short listed, NSW Premier’s History Awards, 2009
Short listed, West Australian Premier’s Awards, 2009
Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 2007
Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 2006
Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 2002
Short listed, Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature, 2001
Short listed, Wilderness Society’s Environment Award, 1999
Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, 1999
Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 1996

Books available from Fremantle Press

Other Books by this Author

  1. The kid whose Mum kept possums in her bra

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From the Catalogue

Light Horse Boy shortlisted for Book of the Year

Albany-based author Dianne Wolfer was shortlisted twice today for the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards. Read all about it!