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Ambelin Kwaymullina was born in Perth Western Australia in 1975. She is a descendant of the Palkyu people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, has a law degree from the University of Western Australia, and has worked in the public sector and in politics.
Ambelins latest picture storybook, Caterpillar and Butterfly was published in 2009. Caterpillar is trapped by her fears of the big scary world around her. Unless she can find the strength to overcome these fears she will never truly live. Fremantle Press have excellent teachers notes.
Crow and the Waterhole was short listed for both the Children's Book Mary Ryan's Award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and the Children's Books category in the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. Crow lives in a tree by a waterhole. Each morning, she stares into the water, and at another, more beautiful and impressive crow than her. Crow thought Crow-in-the-waterhole was the most wonderful bird she had ever seen. 'She looks like a crow who could change the world. I wish I could be like her.' Crow flies to seek her destiny, as she thinks she cannot be as wonderful as the crow in the waterhole and she wants to find what she can be good at. After traveling far and wide, helping others along the way, she finds that her true destiny lies within. See the Fremantle Press web site for teacher's notes.
Ambelin illustrated and co-wrote The Two Hearted Numbat with Ezekeiel Kwaymullina. It was published in September 2008 by Fremantle Press. Numbat had two hearts. His first heart was soft as a feather, and when he wore it he felt soft and gentle. His second heart was a stone, and when he wore it he felt powerful and strong. But it was troublesome having two hearts, so Numbat decided it would be better to have only one. But which heart should he choose? This book was listed as a Notable Book by the CBCA. Teacher's notes are also avaiable for this title.
Recently, Ambelin has been working collaboratively with her mother, award winning and best selling author, Sally Morgan, and her two brothers, Blaze and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, writing stories for children.
Curly Saves Grandma's House was published in March 2009. This is the second book in a new series full of imagination, mischief and adventure, perfect for boys aged 7 to 9. Curly and The Fent, was published by Random House Australia in July 2008. See a review of Curly and the Fent at YARA online and in Reading Time, Vol 52, No 1. Praise for Curly Saves Grandma's House:
This is a great one for reluctant readers six and up because there's something for everyone: magic realism, adventure, action and humour. It also covers interesting territory when it comes to dealing with bullies and sticking up for what's right..
~The Sunday Age, 8 March 2009
The four authors are presently working on other writing projects both together and independently. Stopwatch, Book 1: The Land of Kur published in March 2009 and Stopwatch, Book 2: The Land of Mirthful published in July 2009 by Walker Books Australia are the first two books in a new fantasy series by Sally Morgan, Ambelin, Blaze and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, action packed and full of earthy humour, perfect for 7 to 9 year olds. A stopwatch has sixty thin black lines, each marking off the seconds in a minute. But in Tom's stopwatch, they are also geateways to sixty different worlds.
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