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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 novel, Changing Gear, has recently been shortlisted for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards for Older Readers.

Scot’s books include White Ute Dreaming, Burning Eddy, Happy as Larry, winner of a WA Premier’s Book Award for young adult fiction, 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.

Sydney Tour Dates: Scot will be touring in Sydney on 3 – 5 July 2019. Book now – spots filling fast!


Books by 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.

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