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Phillip Gwynne
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Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was a rites-of-passage story set in a small coastal town in South Australia and is a story of two boys confronting the racism around them. It won the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, and was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel Nukkin Ya, was also published to great acclaim.  

Phillip writes for a wide range of age groups including picture books such as Brothers from a Different Mother and Yobbos Do Yoga, junior fiction including Jetty Rats and Stuff Happens: Michael, and young adult novels including Swerve.

New South Wales based Phillip has a full week booking minimum for interstate travel (Can be share with other schools)

Books by Phillip Gwynne

The Break

Best Suited for ages 14+ Years
Growing up with the famous Bali surf at his backdoor, Taj had a perfect childhood – until 10 years ago when three robed judgessentenced his father to death. But Kimbo didn’t die – he’s been on death row eversince, leaving Taj in a weird limbo, unable to look to his own future. When theelection of a new President leads to a date being set for Kimbo’s execution, Taj realisesthere is only one course of action left to him- bust his dad out of jail. Whatfollows is the whirlwind ride of father and son on the run through Indonesia, authoritieshot on their tail. As events unravel, Taj uncovers some startling truths about his family,his girlfriend, and the girl he is rapidly falling for.

The Worried Elephant

There is so much bad news in the world. Elephant is worried. So worried that he can’t do any of the activities he loves anymore. Can Elephant learn to manage his worry?

The Lonely Penguin

Everyone has someone to play with. Except Penguin. She sits by herself. All alone. Can Penguin overcome her loneliness?

The Shy Zebra

The talent show is on today. Zebra has been practising hard all week. But when Zebra’s turn comes, he is nowhere to be found. Can Zebra overcome his shyness and perform for his friends?

Small Town

Best Suited 6+ Years
Milly loves the small town she lives in and she loves playing basketball with her friends. The trouble is, families keep leaving, and soon they won’t have enough players for a team. But when Milly learns at school about the refugees who have nowhere to live, she has a great idea – invite them to Gong Gong!

The Lords of Melody

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
With the driving beat of a rock anthem, the heart of a country ballad, and the contemporary feel of the latest hip-hop hit, Lords of Melody is about people overcoming their differences in order to cooperate, be creative, to make music together.

Deadly, Unna?

Best Suited for ages 12-16 years
‘Deadly, unna?’ He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don’t have a lot in common. Dumby’s the star of the footy team, he’s got a killer smile and the knack with girls, and he’s a Nunga. Blacky’s a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, and he’s white.

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