Welcome to the website of award-winning author Pamela Freeman

Welcome to my website! I love being a writer and doing this website allowed me to remember how much fun I had writing the books.

This website is about my books for children and young adults.

For my adult books see www.castingstrilogy.com

If you decide to contact me (and I love to hear from people) remember to tell me your name and email address if you would like a reply.


Princess Betony and the Unicorn

Princess Betony

I am really excited about my latest book Princess Betony and the Unicorn. It is published by Walker books and is illustrated by the wonderful Tamsin Ainslie. I was so excited I even gave Princess Betony her own website at www.princessbetony.com where you can play some games and read an extra bonus story.

Lollylegs


It’s here! My 23rd book, and my cutest, thanks to Rhian Nest James and the team at Walker Books. This book is very special to me and I’m delighted that it looks and feels so wonderful. If you are in Sydney and you’d like me to do storytime with Lollylegs at your library, just let me know!

The Murderer’s Apprentice

This new review reminds me that although some of my books are not in the bookstores at the moment, people are still reading them! Click here to read it.

New book

I’m happy to report that my new kids’ book, Lollylegs, is going off to the printer tomorrow and will be in the shops in March! It has fantastic illustrations by Rhian Nest James, and I’ll be sharing some of them with you over the next few months.

Lollylegs is the cutest lamb in the world, and Laura wants to keep him. But he’s going to be a raffle prize at the school fete…

If you liked Make me the Flowergirl! then I’m sure you will like this. Lollylegs is part of the Walker Stories series.

St Mary of the Cross/Mary MacKillop

Those of you who know my book The Black Dress, which is about Mary MacKillop’s early life, may be wondering what I think of the canonisation process.

Well, last week I did a radio interview with Hope Radio where I discussed all that and quite a bit more about Mary MacKillop You can listen to the podcast here: http://www.hope1032.com.au/AudioLounge.asp?cid=78&navid=78

Mary MacKillop

As you may know, a few years ago I wrote an historical novel about Mary MacKillop’s early life. In this year of her canonisation, I will be speaking to schools about her and the influences on her which caused her to live life as she did – and why she was the only person in Australia who could have achieved what she achieved. If your school is interested, you can contact Lateral Learning for information. But get in quick! We’re already getting lots of bookings.

Great day at Bethany

I had a lovely day last week at Bethany Primary School at Glenwood Park. There’s an article (with a picture of me and a student!) in the Penrith Press which you can see by clicking here.

Looking ahead

If you’re in the Maitland/Hunter Valley district, you might be interested in school workshops I’ll be giving in October this year. See http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/Library/Resources/File/Brochure%202010.pdf for details and booking information. It seems a long way away, but early birds, etc…

Hooray!

I’m very pleased and excited to announce that Victor’s Challenge has won the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Short Fiction/Illustrated Work! Thanks to Kim Gamble, the wonderful illustrator of the Victor books, and to all the people at Walker Books. Especial thanks to the Aurealis team who have worked very VERY hard to make the awards one of the highlights of the Australian literary year.

Aurealis in Brisbane

As Victor’s Challenge has been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, I will be in Brisbane this weekend for the awards ceremony. Along with other authors (like Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld and Sean Williams), I’ll be chatting and signing books at Pulp Fiction Books in Anzac Arcade, Edwards St, Brisbane on Saturday. I’m scheduled to be there at 2.30, but since there are so many great authors turning up during the day, I’ll probably be there much earlier! Come along and see me!

Book signing and Christmas wishes

I will be at Top Ryde (Sydney) Angus & Robertson bookshop (in the new mall) on Tuesday, 22nd December, at 11am to sign books – you can bring any pre-loved ones along and I’d be delighted to sign those too! Also, check out my post as guest blogger at graspingforthewind.com where I talk about all the things an author does <em>apart</em> from writing!

And finally, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with lots of good reading!

About the Books

Books: If you are a student doing a report, you will find lots of information about my books on the Books page. Start there if you need information about a particular book, or about which books I have written.

Other stuff

About Pamela: If you want to know more about me, look at About Pamela

Frequently asked Questions: If you have questions about writing and being a writer, they are probably answered on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

Contact me: Once you have read all that, if you still have questions you need answered, you can email me through the Contact Pamela page. But please look for the information on the site first, as the more time I spend answering emails, the fewer books I can write!

Teachers

If you are a teacher, each book has Teaching Resources with suggestions for activities and links which might be useful. I’d love to get feedback on how the activities work in class, or hear about any others that you use.

If you want your students to correspond with me, I am happy to read all their letters/emails, but will probably respond in a single class email, as I just don’t have time to answer twenty or thirty individual letters. I am available for school visits and workshops through Lateral Learning (www.laterallearning.com).

Everyone

For parents, grandparents, librarians and others, I hope you find all the information you need on the site. If not, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy finding out more about my books and how they were written.