Alan Sunderland

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Alan Sunderland is married with three sons and lives in Sydney. He is an award winning journalist who now works in management at the ABC and is the author of seven children’s books. 

He won a Walkley Awards for covering an attack on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra in 1992, and for a series of exclusive reports from East Timor. He has also won the prestigious Council of the Deans of Education Award for education journalism three times in two years, which constitutes something of a record.

IncrediblePowersOfMontagueTowersMore recently, Alan started writing children’s books for 8-12 year olds. His latest book, The Incredible Powers of Montague Towers, was published in 2016.

Montague Towers has to solve the crime of the century and hunt down an evil criminal mastermind. But how can he do that when he's just a normal boy? That's where the Cape of Justice can help ...

Toy Wars (published by Scholastic in 1999) was a fantasy adventure about a titanic battle between monsters and chess pieces, a story that explored notions of friends and enemies, and what it means to be different. Cosmo Cooper and the Lemons of Lockbarrel (Scholastic, 2002) followed the book’s hero, Cosmo Cooper, as he travelled from his tiny village into the big city to save his friends and family after disaster threatens their community.


Refugee was released in June 2006 as part of the “My Australian Story” series published by Scholastic Australia. See the Scholastic web site for further information about the book and teacher's notes at


Also in 2006, HarperCollins Australia published the first in a children’s series Octavius O’Malley and the Mystery of the Exploding Cheese. This was followed by Octavius O’Malley and the Mystery of the Missing Mouse and Octavius O'Malley And The Mystery Of The Criminal Cats. The first book in the series was published by Corint Junior in Romania and all three O'Malley Mysteries were published in German by Ars Edition from  and in Turkey by O2 Yayinevi.

Alan is an entertaining presenter for schools and libraries. See our Speakers section and Alan's web site at for more information.