Zahra Zainal is a Melbourne-based illustrator and live graphic recorder. She graduated from RMIT with a BA in Animation and Interactive Media in 2008. After a few stints in the world of teaching and greeting cards, she found herself scribbling her way through an illustration career. Zahra is known for her clean, lively and expressive illustration style, and her ability to simplify a message to its essence. She illustrates for both local and international clients. Some of her favourite moments as an artist include: a group exhibition held in her backyard, and having her artwork cover a Melbourne tram. Zahra has a love-hate relationship with coffee, and a love-love relationship and dance.
- A series of 6 posters of scientists, researchers and doctors created for INIS Communication (2017)
- Persona illustrations for the UNSW Centre for Big Data Reseach in Health (2018)
Claire Zorn lives on the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and two small children. Her first young adult novel, The Sky So Heavy, was a 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers, shortlisted in the 2013 Aurealis Awards for Best Young Adult Novel and shortlisted in the 2014 Inky Awards. Her second young adult novel, The Protected, was the winner of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction, 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction Prize and 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards for Older Readers. It was also shortlisted in the 2015 Inky Awards. One Would Think the Deep is her third book for young adults.
- The Sky So Heavy (University of Queensland Press, 2013) Shortlisted, 2013 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division Best Novel, 2014 Inky Awards Gold Inky, 2017 West Australian Young Readers Book Award for Older Readers; Honour Book, 2014 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year for Older Readers
- The Protected (University of Qneeusland Press, 2014) Winner, 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction, 2015 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year for Older Readers, 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Young Adults; Shortlisted, 2015 Inky Awards Gold Inky, 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award
- One Would Think the Deep (University of Queensland Press, 2016) Shortlisted, 2016 Queensland Literary Awards, Young Adult Book Award, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year for Older Readers, 2017 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature; Longlisted, 2017 Indie Awards for Young Adult, 2017 Inky Awards Gold Inky; Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
John Zubrzycki is an award-winning journalist who has travelled and worked in India over the past thirty years. He is currently a senior writer for The Australian in Sydney. His book The Last Nizam was published by Pan Macmillan in May 2006 and Picador India in 2007.
- The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006)
Markus Zusak is the international bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.
All of Zusak’s books – including earlier titles, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl), The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) – have been awarded numerous honours around the world, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers.
In 2013, The Book Thief was made into a major motion picture, and in 2018 was voted one of America’s all-time favourite books, achieving 14th position on the PBS Great American Read. Also in 2018, Bridge of Clay was selected as a best book of the year in publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal.
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.
- The Underdog (Omnibus Books, 1999)
- Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Omnibus Books, 2000) Winner, 2001 American Library Association, Best Books for Young Adults; Joint Honour Book: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Older Readers
- When Dogs Cry (Pan MAcmillan Australia, 2001) Winner, 2002 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Young Adult Book; Shortlisted 2002 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction; Honour Book: 2002 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
- The Messenger (Pan Macmillan, 2002) Winner, 2003 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers, 2007 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Youth Jury Prize; Honour Book, 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
- The Book Thief (Pan Macmillan, 2005)Winner, 2006 Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award, 2007 Boeke Prize, 2008 IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award, 2009 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Preis der Jugendjury; Joint Winner, 2006 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year; Shortlisted, 2006 South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book, 2006 Booksellers Choice Award, 2006 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2006 Australian BOok Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year; Honour Book, 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2013 KOALA Awards Fiction for years 7-9
- Bridge of Clay (Pan Macmillan, 2018)