Education Titles — Fiction

I have had 50 fiction titles published for the education market thus far. There are another 5 completed and awaiting publication. They are:

  • Train Trip (for K-3 Guided Reading Program to be published by Macmillan Education in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Grandpa Come to Live With Us (for K-3 Guided Reading Program to be published by Macmillan Education in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Hide and Seek (for K-3 Guided Reading Program to be published by Macmillan Education in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Miracle on the Hudson (for the US version of the Literacy Network series published by Macmillan Education) The section of the Literacy Network that this book fits into hasn’t been published as originally scheduled, so this book is currently in limbo.
  • Runt (for the US version of the Literacy Network series published by Macmillan Education) The section of the Literacy Network that this book fits into hasn’t been published as originally scheduled, so this book is currently in limbo.

And here are all the titles that have already been published…

Lost at Lake Mungo

Pearson Australia, August 2014
ISBN: 9781486015733
Illustrated by Elizabeth Botté

This book was written for the Discovering Geography series of book. It’s about a couple of boys who get lost on a school camp at Lake Mungo.

The Sundial Alien Field Trip

Macmillan Education Australia, August 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4586-4866-2
Illustrated by Cristian Bernardini

This book was written for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. It’s about a boy who is transported to an alien classroom where the students are studying Earth.

The Creature from ZX303

Macmillan Education Australia, June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4586-4406-0

This interactive book was written for the Sprints Flips series of school readers. Originally titled Escape from the Alien Zoo. The reader is placed into the story as a trainee zookeeper at an intergalactic zoo. On his/her first day a rare new animal escapes and everyone goes searching.

Fairytale Fixits: Beauty and the Beast

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1877-2
Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL12. The Fairytale Fixits are about two kids who get to help fix broken fairytale.

Fairytale Fixits: The Gingerbread Man

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1873-4
Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL12. The Fairytale Fixits are about two kids who get to help fix broken fairytale.

Fairytale Fixits: The Frog Prince

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1868-0
Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL11. The Fairytale Fixits are about two kids who get to help fix broken fairytale.

Fairytale Fixits: Hansel and Gretel

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1864-2
Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL10. The Fairytale Fixits are about two kids who get to help fix broken fairytale.

Fairytale Fixits: Puss in Boots

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1860-4
Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL9. The Fairytale Fixits are about two kids who get to help fix broken fairytale.

Making Things

Macmillan Education Australia, Feb 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4586-3996-1
Illustrated by Roger Harvey

This book was written at Prep Grade  level for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. This is a simple narrative about groups of people making things.

Me and My Family

Macmillan Education Australia, Feb 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4586-3985-1
Illustrated by Julissa Mora

This book was written at Prep Grade  level for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. This is a simple story about a boy and his family.

Why Crow Is Black

Macmillan Education Australia, Feb 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4586-4042-0
Illustrated by Fraser Williamson

This book was written at Grade 1 level for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. This is a retelling of an Aboriginal story.

The Rainbow Serpent

Macmillan Education Australia, Feb 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4586-4051-2
Illustrated by Peter Campbell

This book was written at Grade 1 level for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. This is a retelling of an Aboriginal story.

Saving the World

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9756-0
Illustrated by Simon Barr

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a story about a girl who, with the help of her baby brother, saves the world from invading aliens.

Dad Disappears

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9758-4
Illustrated by Mark Meyers

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is the third Dad book for this series and, as the title suggests, this time Dad disappears.

Snookums and Pookie

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9751-5
Illustrated by Andrew Hopgood

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. A sequel to Snookums, this is a story about a very lazy cat meeting a very annoying dog.

Snookums

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9231-2
Illustrated by Andrew Hopgood

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a story about a very lazy cat.

Dad Helps Out

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9237-4
Illustrated by Mark Meyers

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a sequel to Dad’s Day Off, and has Dad and the kids going in to the office to help Mum when her PA is off sick.

Dad’s Day Off

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9225-1
Illustrated by Mark Meyers

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a story about a stay-at-home dad, and what happens when he gets sick.

The New Kid

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9227-5
Illustrated by Don Ezard

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a story about a new kid in class… who is a little be unusual.

Read Me Now!

Macmillan Education Australia, Victoria, September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9231-2
Illustrated by Omar Aranda

This book was written at Grade 2 level for the Sprints series of school readers. This is a story about a magical book that can talk to its readers.

Mom’s New Cell Phone

Red Wings Learning, New York, August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9426-2
Illustrated by Juan Caminador

This book was written at Grade 2 level for Reading Keys — a phonics series of school readers. This is a story about all the problems caused by a cell phone that’s been set incorrectly.

Paul Bunyan

Red Wings Learning, New York, August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9427-9
Illustrated by Peter Campbell

This book was written at Grade 2 level for Reading Keys — a phonics series of school readers. This is a re-telling of the famous American myth.

The Moon and the Sundogs

Macmillan Education, Australia, February 2011
ISBN: 9781420291551
Illustrated by Peter Campbell

This book was written at Grade 1 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. This is a re-telling of a Native American myth about the moon.

The Greatest Escape

Macmillan, Australia, October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9058-5
Illustrated by Daniel Lloyd

This chapter book was written at Grade 3 level for the Literacy Network series of school readers. This is the story of Eric the Elusive (as told by his son), an escapologist who isn’t very good as escaping.

Letters From the Goldfields

Macmillan Education, Australia, May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7967-2

This book was written at Grade 6 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. It’s a collection of fictional letters incorporation facts about the Australian goldrush.

The Next Finder

Macmillan Education, Australia, December 2009
ISBN: 9781420273540
Illustrated by Julian Drakakis

This novelette was written at upper primary level for the Literacy Network: Critical Literacy series. It’s a fantasy about a boy named Toby who discovers a very unusual piece of junk in the local junkyard. He takes it home and that night is attacked by mysterious shadows. Returning to the junkyard he meets the owner, Mr Scarp, and a range of creatures made from junk. The fate of the world hangs in the balance and it’s up to Toby to put things right.

X Marks the MP3

Macmillan Education, Australia, December 2009
ISBN: 9781420273571
Illustrated by Gregory Myers

This novelette was written at mid-primary level for the Literacy Network: Critical Literacy series. It’s an adventure story set in Japan. Andy and his parents go for a holiday to Japan, but are pursued by mysterious men in black suits, wearing red dots on their lapels. And Andy’s brand new MP3 player has been damaged — it’s displaying weird symbols and numbers on its screen, and someone has scratched an X onto the back of it. What does it all mean?

The Bookworm Mystery

Macmillan Education, Australia, December 2009
ISBN: 9781420273397
Illustrated by Pat Reynolds

This novelette was written at mid-primary level for the Literacy Network: Critical Literacy series. It’s a mystery about two kids who find an old letter hidden behind a filing cabinet in their local library. The letter mentions a treasure and contains a clue. The kids start following the clues to unravel a mystery about a local millionaire who died under mysterious circumstances.

Cory Jansen: Teen Spy

Pinnacle Press, an imprint of Curriculum Concepts, New Zealand, August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-909048-46-4
Illustrated by Christian Schwager

This is a teen spy novelette that has been published in five parts. Each book is a mini-adventure that forms part of a larger adventure. They are aimed at students 13 years and older with a lower reading age.  They can be purchased from the publisher, here!

Book 1: Courier
Cory Jansen gets an after-school job as a delivery boy for an import company… but all is not what it seems and he is soon plunged into the world of international espionage.

Book 2: Undercover Mission
Cory goes undercover to a DVD manufacturing plant run by the sinister Ms Stark.

Book 3: Unofficial Agent
Cory gets his first unofficial assignment from the mysterious Agency.

Book 4: Kidnap
Cory is now officially a spy, he’s in disguise and he’s about to be kidnapped.

Book 5: Weapon
The world is about to be threatened by a new super-weapon. Can Cory stop it?

House of Cards

Rigby (an imprint of Pearson Australia), 2008
ISBN: 978 1 7414 0182 0
Illustrated by Elena Leong

This novelette was written at upper primary level for the Up Close and Personal unit of the Blueprints literacy series. It’s about a 12 year old boy named Gary who writes a fan letter to his favourite author. A friendship ends up developing between the two, changing both their lives for the better.

Planet Max

Rigby (an imprint of Pearson Australia), 2008
ISBN: 978 1 7414 0121 9
Illustrated by Ned Culic

This novelette was written at upper primary level for the There’s More to Me unit of the Blueprints literacy series. It’s a science fiction story about the inhabitants of Planet Maximus Prime who are desperate to find balance in their lives and fight off an impending invasion. It’s up to Earth boy Josh Maxwell to help save the day.

Machine Mayhem

Rigby (an imprint of Pearson Australia), 2007
ISBN: 978 0 73127 369 0
Illustrated by Richard Hoit

This novelette was written at mid-primary level for the Machines unit of the Blueprints literacy series. It’s a science fiction story about two kids who enter a totally automated house in which the main computer has gone insane.

Moon Bubble

Thomson Learning (now Cengage), Australia, 2007
ISBN-10: 0 17 012720 6  ISBN-13: 978 0 17 012720 2
Illustrated by Sue Dani

This book was written for level 25 of the Fast Forward series of school readers. A young boy discovers a strange device while camping with his parents, and ends up on an unscheduled flight to the Moon.

My Best Friend Thinks I’m A Genius

Thomson Learning (now Cengage), Australia, 2007
ISBN-10: 0 17 012709 5  ISBN-13: 978 0 17 012709 7
Illustrated by Toby Quarmby

This book was written for level 24 of the Fast Forward series of school readers. It’s a sequel to My Best Friend’s a Genius. This time the child genius attempts to invent a Matter Transporter… but things don’t go quite as planned.

My Best Friend’s A Genius

Thomson Learning (now Cengage), Australia, 2007
ISBN-10: 0 17 012672 2  ISBN-13: 978 0 17 012672 4
Illustrated by Toby Quarmby

This book was written for level 21 of the Fast Forward series of school readers. It’s a science fiction story about a child genius who sets about inventing a mobile phone with which he can talk to aliens.

Gadget Boy and Kid Fantastic

Thomson Learning (now Cengage), Australia, 2007
ISBN-10: 0 17 012660 9 ISBN-13: 978 0 17 012660 1
Illustrated by Melissa Webb

This book was written for level 20 of the Fast Forward series of school readers. It is a sequel to Gadget Boy Saves The Day. Gadget Boy is now officially Roboman’s sidekick in the superhero business… but what’s he going to do when Roboman and all the other superheroes start to disappear, leaving only the sidekicks.

Unfortunately there is an error in this book. An editorial change, made to reduce the word count, resulted in a continuity flaw. If you read the book, see if you can find it!

Gadget Boy Saves the Day

Thomson Learning (now Cengage), Australia, 2007
ISBN-10: 0 17 012623 4  ISBN-13: 978 0 17012623 6
Illustrated by Melissa Webb

This book was written for level 17 of the Fast Forward series of school readers. It tells the tale of a would-be superhero who finally gets his chance to save the day by defeating a super-villain known as the Candyman.

Mushy Mess

Oxford University Press, Australia, February 2006
ISBN: 9 78019555 5608
Illustrated by Chantal Stewart

This book was written for the ZigZags series of school readers. A little story about the messy possibilities of babysitting a younger sibling.

The Night Aliens Landed in My Backyard

Thomson Learning, Australia, September 2004
ISBN: 0 17.011373 6

This book was written for the 298s series of school readers. The series is about the kids in a particular class at school number 298. Each book in the series represents a particular kid’s major project for that year. The cover credits Milos Juratovic as the author… he’s my character in the 298 class. To maintain the illusion, my name only appears in small print with all the other publication details. Milos is obsessed with UFOs and decides to try his hand at writing fiction. The result is a short story called “The Night Aliens Landed In My Backyard”, which he submits as his school project for that year.

Project UFO

Thomson Learning, Australia, September 2004
ISBN: 0 17.011347 7

This book was written for the 298s series of school readers. The series is about the kids in a particular class at school number 298. Each book in the series represents a particular kid’s major project for that year. The cover credits Milos Juratovic as the author… he’s my character in the 298 class. To maintain the illusion, my name only appears in small print with all the other publication details. Milos is obsessed with UFOs. When there’s a UFO sighting above his school he sets out to investigate, documenting his investigation for his school project.

Wacky Wally’s Weekend

Thomson Learning, Australia, November 2004
ISBN: 0 170 11927 0
Illustrated by Paul Konye

This book was written for the level 5 set in the Book Web Plus series of school readers. This story is about a young girl who gets to go behind the scenes of her favourite TV show, Wacky Wally’s Weekend. But things are not quite as she expects them to be.

Lights, Camera, Spaceship!

Thomson Learning, Australia, July 2004
ISBN: 0 1701 1394 9
Illustrated by Shane Nagle

This book was written for the level 4 set in the Book Web Plus series of school readers. Set in the distant future, this story is about the crew of Earth’s first interstellar spaceship. In order to finance the mission, a reality television series is being made about the crew… and they’re not all that happy about it.

Long Lost Relatives

Pearson Education Australia, June 2002
ISBN: 0 7339 3395 5
Illustrated by Bruce Rankin

This book was written for series 6 of the Just Kids series of chapter books. (Series 5 set ISBN: 0 7339 3425 0) This book has also been published in Canada by Scholastic. (ISBN: 0 7791 2983 0)

Two 5th graders, Anna and Marc, are emailed by a schoolgirl from Greece, who is trying to locate a long lost relative who emigrated almost 50 years ago. Using the Internet to do research, Anna and Marc soon discover more than just one missing relative.

Singing In The Shower

Pearson Education Australia, June 2002
ISBN: 0 7339 3386 6
Illustrated by Craig Smith

This book was written for series 5 of the Just Kids series of chapter books. (Series 5 set ISBN: 0 7339 3437 4) This book has also been published in Canada by Scholastic. (ISBN: 0 7791 2973 3)

Ricky has a real talent for singing, but lacks the confidence in himself to sing in front of other people. The only time he ever sings is when he’s in the shower. When faced with the situation of having to sing in front of an audience on a television show, he’s sure he can’t do it. His sister and best friend have to help Ricky find his confidence, and a belief in himself and his abilities.

Generation Ship

Rigby Heinemann, Australia, September 2001
ISBN: 0 73123 244 5
Illustrated by Martin Bailey

This science fiction novelette is set aboard a gigantic spaceship, which has been traveling for so long that society has stratified into two distinct groups — the Nats and the Techs. The story is about a Nat boy named Jardeen who meets a Tech girl named Tria. When the ship finally reaches a planet to settle on, it is up to these two children to teach their two societies how to cooperate with each other.

I also wrote a short story sequel to Generation Ship, called “Saving Eden”. Set many years after the events of the novelette, the colonists now find themselves facing a new danger… from Earth. It was published in Tracking Through Science Fiction, another book in the Fast Tracks series.

Ordinary Hero

Horwitz Martin, Australia, September 2000
ISBN: 0 7253 1948 8

This novelette was written for the second series of Phenomena, a series of books combining fiction and non-fiction. It is the companion book to Heroes and Villains (see non-fiction books section). The story is about a boy who becomes a reluctant hero after saving a young girl from a house fire.