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 was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day. His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia, and the USA. The Messenger (or I am the Messenger), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur prize in Germany, which he won again for The Book Thief in 2010. It is The Book Thief, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has been voted as Australian readers' favourite book by iconic independent bookstore, Dymocks, three years running. In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to screen, directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast was headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King’s Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also cast Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar) as Liesel Meminger. The Guardian calls The Book Thief 'a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told'. The New York Times: 'Brilliant and hugely ambitious … the kind of book that can be life-changing'. The Age: 'an original, moving, beautifully written book'. In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association's Margaret Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, for his body work ranging from The Underdog to The Book Thief. 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)