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Morris Gleitzman was born in 1953 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England. He and his family emigrated to Australia in 1969. Morris began his writing career as a screenwriter, and wrote his first children's novel in 1985. Before he began to write full time, he held various jobs as a paperboy, department store Santa Claus, fashion-design assistant and sugar-mill employee. In between, he managed to earn a degree in Professional Writing at the Canberra College of Advanced Education. Later he became sole writer for three award-winning and top-rating seasons with the TV comedy series The Norman Gunston Show. Gleitzman has written a number of film and television movie screenplays, including The Other Facts of Life and Second Childhood, both produced by The Australian Children's Television Foundation. The Other Facts of Life won the 1985 AWGIE Award for the Best Original Children's Film Script. Gleitzman has also written live stage material for Rolf Harris, Pamela Stephenson and the Governor General of Australia. Morris is also well known through his semi-autobiographical columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald magazine, Good Weekend, from which he has retired after nine years. Collections of his columns have been published by Pan Macmillan in Just Looking and Gleitzman on Saturday, and by Penguin in Self Helpless. One of his most successful books for young people is Two Weeks with the Queen, an international bestseller which was also adapted into a play by Mary Morris. The play had many successful seasons in Australia and was produced at the National Theatre in London in 1995. His other books have been either shortlisted for, or have won numerous children's book prizes around the country. These include The Other Facts of Life, Second Childhood, Misery Guts, Worry Warts, Puppy Fat, Blabber Mouth, Sticky Beak, Belly Flop, Water Wings, Bumface, Gift Of The Gab, Toad Rage, Wicked! and Deadly!, two six-part novels written in collaboration with Paul Jennings, Adults Only, Toad Heaven, Boy Overboard, Teacher's Pet, and his latest book, Toad Away. Gleitzman's children's books have been published in the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Sweden and Finland. Gleitzman himself was voted Favourite Australian Author for 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards. Bumface was voted Second Most Popular Children's Book Of All Time in the 1999 Angus & Robertson National Readers' Survey. He is also an Astrid Lindgren award nominee. Morris Gleitzman was nominated for a 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medal in the Australian author and ilustrator category. In 2016, his book Soon won the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Young Readers and and the 2016 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) for Fiction for years 7-9. He was also named the 2018-2019 Australian Children's Laureate. The theme for his two-year term will be Stories Make Us - Stories Create Our Future. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Once… (more)
Once (Narrator, some editions) 983 copies, 52 reviews
Toad Rage 513 copies, 5 reviews
Then 411 copies, 18 reviews
Toad Heaven 379 copies, 2 reviews
Now 341 copies, 13 reviews
Two Weeks with the Queen 330 copies, 11 reviews
Boy Overboard 282 copies, 7 reviews
Misery Guts 231 copies, 1 review
After 161 copies, 5 reviews
Girl Underground 143 copies, 3 reviews
Blabber Mouth 139 copies, 1 review
Bumface 121 copies, 1 review
Toad Away 119 copies, 1 review
Wicked! 106 copies, 3 reviews
Once and Then 101 copies, 4 reviews
Worry Warts 100 copies
Soon 92 copies, 5 reviews
Water Wings 87 copies, 2 reviews
Sticky Beak 81 copies
Grace 80 copies, 2 reviews
Belly Flop 75 copies, 1 review
Puppy Fat 74 copies
Maybe 74 copies, 1 review
Teacher's Pet 72 copies
Gift of the Gab 61 copies, 1 review
The Other Facts of Life 56 copies, 1 review
Wicked! Part 2: Battering Rams 55 copies, 1 review
Adults Only 52 copies
Worm Story 52 copies
Doubting Thomas 51 copies, 3 reviews
Give Peas a Chance 50 copies, 3 reviews
Too Small To Fail 45 copies, 3 reviews
Second Childhood 42 copies, 1 review
Loyal Creatures 37 copies, 1 review
Extra Time 33 copies, 1 review
Toad Surprise 31 copies, 1 review
Aristotle's Nostril 28 copies, 1 review
Tickled onions 27 copies, 2 reviews
Deadly! Book 6: Pluck (Author) 24 copies
Always 23 copies
Self-helpless 17 copies
Pizza Cake 16 copies
Toad Delight 7 copies
UMA VEZ 2 copies
Brzy 1 copy
Když 1 copy
Potom 1 copy
Kdysi 1 copy
Em Breve 1 copy
Druiloren 1 copy
Talvez 1 copy
Agora 1 copy
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 744 copies, 13 reviews
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Morris Gleitzman (born 9 January 1953) is an English-born Australian author of children's and young adult fiction. He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen (1990).
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