Melina Marchetta

“I'm beginning to realize that things don't turn out the way you want them to. And sometimes, when they don't they can turn out just a little bit better.” ― Looking for Alibrandi  

Internationally bestselling and award-winning Australian writer Melina Marchetta is best known as the author of the highly acclaimed novels Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road. Her eleven books range from beloved young adult fiction and fantasy through to contemporary and crime fiction, and books for younger readers.

Melina's much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. She has twice been awarded the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers, in 1993 and 2004. Jellicoe Road won her the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, recognising the year's best book for young adults.

Fun Facts about Melina

  • Melina is a middle child, with two sisters.
  • She left school at age fifteen.
  • She has also written for the award winning TV series, Dance Academy.
  • When Melina was growing up she wanted to be a bus conductor, because of the satchel they wore and the ticket folder with the hole puncher at the top.
  • The popular novel Looking for Alibrandi has been dubbed "the most stolen library book".
  • She loves fan fiction.
  • Melina once shared a bedroom with her grandmother.
  • She regrets getting her hair permed when she was a teenager.
  • Melina is a former secondary English teacher.
  • She makes frequent visits to schools to talk about her books.
  • Melina says the best thing about being a writer is getting paid for actually telling big lies.

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