Allison Paterson

Allison Paterson was a teacher-librarian for twenty years and reviewed children’s literature for Magpies Magazine for even longer! Her first book was published in 2014. In 2017, she was the recipient of a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship. Allison now works full-time as a writer, publishing consultant and presenter. She is the author of the ABIA longlisted and CBCA notable title Anzac Sons. She writes picture books for children as well as three non-fiction books in the Australia Remembers series. Walking on the beach and spending time with her family provide welcome interludes from the desk…

Anzac Sons: Mateship, Bravery and Sacrifice

World War I was a senseless tragedy. Its long shadow darkened the four corners of the world. In Mologa, Victoria, once a bustling community, stands a lonely stone memorial.  Etched within the granite are the names of the Marlow brothers and their mates – a testament to ordinary people who became heroes. Anzac Sons is composed from a collection of over 500 letters and postcards written by the brothers who served, four in the 38th Battalion and another in the 2nd Light Trench Mortar Battery. From the training grounds of Victoria, Egypt and England, to the Western Front battlefields – Pozieres, Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and the ongoing battles of 1918 – this compelling true story was compiled by the granddaughter of a surviving brother. She takes us on her journey as she walks in the footsteps of her ancestors. This is a story of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; it is a heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by war. It is a pledge to never forget.

Australia Remembers: Cameron Baird VC, MG

For over a century, Australians have served their country in war and peacekeeping missions across the world. On Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we continue to gather and remember those who fought for our country in the past, and those who keep us safe today. In recent times, 41 Australian Defence Force personnel lost their lives whilst on duty in the conflict in Afghanistan. Cameron Baird, VC, MG is one such Australian who died in the service of his country. Cameron was born to lead, inspiring others and gaining the respect of his peers. A dedicated soldier, Cameron’s leadership and courageous actions resulted in the award of the Medal of Gallantry in 2007-2008. In 2013, while on active service in Afghanistan, Cameron lost his life while attempting to rescue a wounded mate. His act of supreme sacrifice, valour and devotion to duty was recognised with the awarding of Australia’s highest battlefield honour – the Victoria Cross. This is a story of Australian service in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a story of mateship, dedication, leadership and sacrifice, and one we should never forget. 

I Wonder

A powerful and timely tale of the small steps we can take to care for our world. The little wooden boat has been left behind in the sand dunes. Odd things pass it by, tumbling and floating into the ocean – a chip packet, a takeaway cup and a plastic bag. The little wooden boat wonders and worries... Is it a forgotten thing? Is it just rubbish now? Will it ever find a home again? This delightful tale will inspire readers to take the small steps needed to care for their world – no matter how small they are! A gentle and powerful story of the dangers of careless littering, and the small steps we can take to help protect the environment. Focuses on natural materials, the human-nature relationship, recycling and sustainability. Repetition, rhythm, alliteration and stunning illustrations create a delightful read aloud experience for developing readers. Perfect for story time.

Australia Remembers: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. A colourful and engaging book for young readers showing the history and origins of some of the Australian Defence Force's customs and traditions. Australia Remembers truly stands out like one of the tallest poppies in its field. 

Follow after me

Two young women, a century apart, are mysteriously connected by a tiny key. Will they discover who they are and where their hearts belong? 2018 – Tired of being the perfect daughter, student and sister, Lizzie abandons old friends and safe-choices for a risky and life-changing relationship with the dangerous and charismatic Brandon. Watching his classmate fall into a trap, Nick tries to intervene. But is it too late? Will Lizzie listen? 1916 – Evie's dreams are torn apart by war. As her childhood sweetheart Tom leaves to serve his country, she gives him a small key, the key to her heart. He promises to return the tiny talisman to Evie. Will Tom keep his word? Can Evie muster the courage to defy family expectations and pursue her dreams? The mysterious key to unlocking the future is before them. In this powerful story of courage, passion and heartbreak, Lizzie and Evie discover that finding a lost part of yourself may just come from the spirit and the actions of those who came before. An intriguing tale of serendipity, hidden stories and invisible bonds stretching across time.