Author(s): Anna Branford
Violet Mackerel thinks she would quite like to own the blue china bird at the Saturday markets. This is not just a silly wish. It is instead the start of a very important idea. But what she needs is a plot. A brilliant plot. Introducing readers to a new warm and loveable character, Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot is a story not to be missed.
Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot is her first published work for Walker Books Australia. Sarah Davis grew up in New Zealand, wearing gumboots and falling in rivers. She worked as a secondary school teacher before moving to Sydney. Sarah has collaborated with Sue Whiting on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jennifer Poulter Mending Lucille, for which she won the 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia's Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Sarah's title Fearless, written by Colin Thompson, was short-listed for the 2010 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.