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Norman Jorgensen

Multi-award-winning writer Norman Jorgensen was born in Broome and lived a happy, Huckleberry Finn-like childhood. He has worked in the book trade for much of his life, and in his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs. He now lives in a hundred-year-old house near the city with his wife, Jan Nicholls, a children’s book devotee. Norman began writing when in primary school and had a story read on the ABC Radio Argonauts Club, but it took many years before his first picture book, In Flanders Fields, beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, was published. Norman has since published three novels – Jack’s Island, The Smuggler’s Curse and his latest, The Wreckers’ Revenge – and two picture books with local illustrator James Foley – The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns.

Awards

Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood (Shortlisted 2012)
Aurealis Award (Shortlisted 2012)
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Shortlisted 2012)
SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards (Winner 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books (Notable Book 2012)
Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (Shortlisted 2006, Winner 2009 and 2012)
Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012)
American SPCA Henry Burgh Award (Honour Book 2004)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Winner 2003)

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