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Michael Gerard Bauer

Author

Michael Gerard Bauer writes...

'I was born in Brisbane and attended the University of Queensland where I enjoyed the social life while making brief appearances in a variety of courses including Commerce/Law and Social Work before finally making it through an Arts degree with a double major in English Literature'.

‘When it became clear that I was unlikely to be the next Bob Dylan I enrolled in a Diploma of Education and became a teacher'.

‘Since then I have taught English and Economics in a number of secondary schools in the Brisbane–Ipswich area, which for me has been the best of times and the worst of times — but mainly the best. From 2000 I managed regular breaks from teaching in order to pursue my writing dreams, thanks mainly to the generosity of my wife Adriana (also a teacher). Today I am amazed to find myself a full - time writer'.

‘I have always been interested in writing and over the years have dabbled in song lyrics, short stories and poetry with no real thought of ever being published. For quite a few years I kept diaries where I would write about my experiences and innermost feelings in verse heavily disguised by symbols and images. Looking back I think this was probably a good way of developing and improving writing skills without realising it'.

‘Together with my wife and children Meg and Joe I live in the beautiful Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove. It is the suburb in which I grew up, went to school, spent a number of years teaching, met my wife and where, a few streets away from our present home, in what was once a private hospital, I was born. People tell me I should get out more'.

Michael Gerard Bauer won the 2003 Brisbane Writers Festival WriteSmall Competition.

His first novel The Running Man, published in 2004, received immediate acclaim, winning the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers.

The novel tells the story of Joseph, a 14-year - old boy who is asked by his neighbour Caroline Leighton to draw a portrait of Tom, her reclusive and brooding brother. However, Joseph soon realises that in order for his portrait to be true, he must find the courage to unlock the dark and perhaps dangerous secrets hidden deep within Tom Leighton's cocoon of silence. As he moves closer to the heart of his neighbour's despair, Joseph finds he must confront his own childhood nightmares as well as the pain of his damaged relationship with his absent father. Like the silkworms that dominate Tom Leighton's world, he and Joseph undergo changes as they experience both the frailty and tenacity of the human spirit.

Don't Call Me Ishmael! (published in April 2006).
A comedy set in a boys' school where Ishmael and his intrepid band of grade nine misfits take on bullies, bugs, babes, the Beatles, debating and the great white whale in the toughest, the weirdest, the most embarrassingly awful … and the best year of their lives.

  • Selected for inclusion in The White Ravens 2007
  • Chosen for the Junior Library Guild of America's premiere section for their Fall 2007

Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs (published in September 2007). Sequel to Don't Call Me Ishmael!

Michael's books are now published in the USA and Europe.

Michael Gerard Bauer
 

Awards:

  • Children's Book Council of Australia: Winner Book of the Year for Older Readers for The Running Man (2005)
  • Courier Mail Book of the Year for Younger Readers: Shortlisted for The Running Man (2005)
  • Courier Mail Readers Choice Award for Younger Readers: Winner for The Running Man (2005)
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Shortlisted for The Running Man (2005)
  • Victorian Premiers Awards: Shortlisted for The Running Man (2005)
  • Adelaide Festival Literary Awards: Shortlisted for The Running Man (2006)
  • Children's Book Council of Australia: Book of the Year Older Readers: Shortlisted for Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2007)
  • Children's Book Council of Australia: Junior Judges Award: Winner for Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2007)
  • Children's Peace Literature Award: Winner for Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2007)
  • National Reading Day: Selected Text for The Running Man (2007)
  • Premier's Literary Awards: Shortlisted for Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2007)
  • Catholic Children's and Young People's Book Award in Germany for The Running Man - German edition (2008)
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Award: Shortlisted for The Running Man (2008)
  • South Australian Festival Awards for Children's Literature: Winner for Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2008)
  • Finalist in the Premio Cento di Letteratura per Ragazzi (Centro Award for Children's Literature) middle school category for The Running Man (2009)
  • Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Book of the Year Awards: Shortlisted in Younger Readers category for Just a Dog (2011)
  • Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Book of the Year Awards: Winner of an Honour award in Younger Readers category for Just a Dog (2011)
  • Children's Peace Literature Award for Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel (2011)
  • Queensland Premier's Literary Award: Children's Book - Mary Ryan's award: Shortlisted for Just a Dog (2011)
  • Shortlist for Book of the Year CBC: Older Reader for Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel (2012)
 

Books by Michael Gerard Bauer published by Scholastic include:

  • The Running Man (2004)
  • Don't Call Me Ishmael! (2006)
  • Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs (2007)
  • Dinosaur Knights (2009)
  • Just a Dog (2010)
  • Mates series: You Turkeys! (2010)
  • Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel (2011)
  • Eric Vale Epic Fail (2012)
 

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