Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning author of books for adults and young readers. Her young adult novel, On the Jellicoe Road, won the Michael L. Printz Medal, and she has been nominated for dozens of Australian literary prizes, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was the recipient of the NSW Premier’s Special Award in 2021. She adapted her debut novel, Looking for Alibrandi, into a feature film, and won the Australian Film Institute Award and an Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay. Her other novels for young readers include Saving Francesca, The Piper’s Son (longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award), and The Lumatere Chronicles trilogy. Her novels for adults include The Place on Dalhousie and the literary crime novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her most recent works are a series of seven children’s chapter books and a picture book about a mischievous young girl named Zola, published by Penguin Australia. Her work has been translated into 18 foreign languages and published in 20 countries. She lives in Sydney.


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