20 NOV 6.30pm - Samantha Wheeler
20 NOV 6.30pm - Samantha Wheeler
Beloved local author Samantha Wheeler has written a beautiful new book, and she's coming to tell us all about it on Tuesday 20th November at 6.30pm.
Children and YA literature expert Megan Daley will be joining Sam on stage to ask her about Everything I've Never Said, a powerful novel about a subject rarely tackled - young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.
This event is targetted specifically at parents, teachers and teacher librarians, but astute young readers may like to come and listen!
Everything I've Never Said is a truly beautiful read - we highly recommend you add it to your reading list!
About the Book....
Ava wants nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome – she can’t talk, nod her head or even point at a communication card. She understands everything, but no-one understands her. When tragedy strikes her family, Ava becomes even more determined to talk. But it’s not until she meets occupational therapist Kieran and new friend Aimee that she is hopeful for change – and to be heard at last.
Samantha Wheeler is best known for her eco-adventure stories but, inspired by her youngest daughter who has Rett syndrome, she thought about writing Everything I’ve Never Said for many years. ‘Everyone has a voice, whether or not they communicate in a conventional way and I wanted to convey that message to younger readers,’ said Samantha. ‘Children with disabilities and the families who love them are rarely found in novels and one of my aims with this book was to create characters who are role-models, who show us that it’s okay to ask for help.’ Courageous and resilient, Ava and her family are quiet heroes who cherish each other, tackle the tough days and never give up. Everything I’ve Never Said is an extraordinary book about empowerment and one that will forever change the way readers look at themselves and each other.
About the author…
Samantha Wheeler studied agriculture, worked with dairy farmers, and taught science before writing her first children’s book in 2011. Five novels later, her stories have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, and commended in the Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Awards. When not writing, she spends time with her husband, pets and two beautiful daughters, the youngest of whom has Rett syndrome. Samantha hopes her stories will encourage everyone to speak up for what they believe in.
About the interviewer,,
Megan is a Teacher Librarian and was recently awarded the Qld Teacher Librarian of the Year by The School Library Association of Queensland. In late 2017 she was awarded the national Dromken Librarians Award. Megan is a former National Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, a judge on the Queensland Literary Awards and an editor for the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Book Week publication. Megan writes academic journal articles and newsy pieces for online and print parenting magazines espousing the virtues of quality children’s literature. Each month she is the guest on the ‘BookWorms’ show on 612ABC radio and she regularly presents at conferences and literary events. She is on the Qld chapter of the board of the Australian Children’s Laureate and the Publications Committee of the National Library of Australia. She blogs about all things literary, library and tech at www.childrensbooksdaily.com.