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Scot Gardner
Author | Primary (Years 5 + 6) | Secondary (All Years)

Scot wasn’t born reading and writing; in fact he left school in year eleven to undertake an apprenticeship in gardening with the local council. He has worked as a waiter, masseur, delivery truck driver, home dad, counsellor, musician and teacher.  

Scot’s first fiction for young readers, One Dead Seagull, was published after he attended a writing camp and writing conferences with John Marsden. More than a decade later, his books have garnered praise and awards for their honest take on adolescent life.  

Scot’s books include White Ute Dreaming, Burning Eddy, Happy as Larry, winner of a WA Premier’s Book Award for young adult fiction, Changing Gear, shortlisted for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers.  The Dead I Know, winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers, and Sparrow as well as Stuff Happens: Fadi for younger readers. 

Scot’s session are best suited to students from Grade 5 to Year 10 and are 45 – 70 minutes per session.

Scot has a 3 in person session minimum


Books by Scot Gardner

Off the Map

Best Suited 14-18 years
By turns dark and light, funny and poignant, this unforgettable collection of stories takes us right to the heart of what it means to be young in today’s world, from CBCA award-winning author Scot Gardner.

Changing Gear

Best Suited for ages 14-18 years
Merrick Hilton’s done a runner. His folks think he’s studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can’t ignore it any longer.

Burning Eddy

Best Suited for ages 14-18 years
‘Get a life, Fairy.’

In the country, where his fifteenth summer has burned the life from the grass, Daniel Fairbrother is searching. Looking for something that will make tomorrow seem worth the effort. Something that will fix the rot in his family tree.


Best Suited for ages 12-16 years
One, two, three, breath. When a juvenile detention exercise off the coast of the Kimberley goes wrong, sixteen-year-old Sparrow must swim to shore. There are sharks and crocs around him but the monsters he fears most live in the dark spaces in his mind.

The Way We Roll

Best Suited for ages 14+ years
Will went to private school, and Julian went to juvie. Will is running from a family secret, and Julian is running from the goat next door.

Stuff Happens: Fadi

Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Fadi it happened when he got in trouble for tackling Jack at lunchtime. Fadi is big and strong and hasn’t quite grown into his body.

The Dead I Know

Best Suited 13+ Years
You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, ‘Steady. We’re here to help.’ Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

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