About George

George Ivanoff

Writing about oneself is a rather difficult thing to do. I always find myself wondering what to say. Hmm… well… my favourite film is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; I think that Doctor Who is, without doubt, the greatest television series ever made; and Pet Shop Boys are the most talented pop duo ever to walk the face of this earth.

Perhaps it would be better to have an official bio? Oh, wait — I do. Here it is…

George Ivanoff — Short Bio

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who’s written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the Gamers trilogy, the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures, the OTHER WORLDS series, and the non-fiction Survival Guides; as well as a ton of school readers and educational books. George’s books and stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards and he’s even won a few of them. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. He has one wife, two children and an uncontrollable imagination.

George Ivanoff

Writing about oneself is a rather difficult thing to do. I always find myself wondering what to say. Hmm… well… my favourite film is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; I think that Doctor Who is, without doubt, the greatest television series ever made; and Pet Shop Boys are the most talented pop duo ever to walk the face of this earth.

Perhaps it would be better to have an official bio? Oh, wait — I do. Here it is…

George Ivanoff — Short Bio

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who’s written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the Gamers trilogy, the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures, the OTHER WORLDS series, and the non-fiction Survival Guides; as well as a ton of school readers and educational books. George’s books and stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards and he’s even won a few of them. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. He has one wife, two children and an uncontrollable imagination.

George Ivanoff — Full Bio

George Ivanoff is an author. He lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

He has written over 100 books for children and teenagers, including fiction and non-fiction. He has written school readers, library reference books, chapter books, novelettes, novels and even a short story collection. He has books on both the Victorian Premier’s and the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists.

With his latest series of books, George has entered the world of commercial non-fiction for children. The Survival Guides take a humorous and creative approach to presenting factual information.

George’s most recent fictional series is OTHER WORDS. With this series of four books George has ventured into the realms of science fiction and fantasy, two of his favourite genres, in order to tell stories about ordinary kids facing extraordinary circumstances.

George’s has written 13 books in his interactive You Choose series. You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA in the “Fiction for Younger Readers” category; and You Choose: Alien Invasion From Beyond the Stars got an Honour Award in the KOALAs in 2016 and 2017.

His teen science fiction novel, Gamers’ Quest (2009), won a Chronos Award for speculative fiction. The sequel, Gamers’ Challenge (2011), was shortlisted for the same award. And the final book in the Gamers trilogy, Gamers’ Rebellion (2013), also won a Chronos Award. This trilogy has now been re-branded and re-released as Game On!, Level Up! and Game Over!

George has also written a series of realistic adventure books for kids — RFDS Adventures. The four books in this series were published in 2016.

George also writes short stories and articles for adults as well as kids. Of all these, he is most proud to have had the opportunity to write a Doctor Who story for the Short Trips: Defining Patterns anthology (Big Finish, UK, 2008).

Occasionally, George has been known to moonlight as an actor. He has had small roles in numerous productions including the television series Neighbours and the feature films Frozen Butterflies and William Kelly’s War. He recently guest starred in an episode of the audio series Night Terrace.

George eats too much chocolate, drinks too much coffee and watches too much Doctor Who.

He has one wife, two children, two cats and several chickens. And he is very content!

Awards and honours

2020

“Pure History” (Lethbridge-Stewart, The Havoc Files: The Laughing Gnome, Candy Jar Books, 2019) – SCRIBE awards shortlist (Short Fiction).

2019

You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars (Random House Australia, 2015) — shortlisted for the REAL Awards (Fiction For Older Readers).

2018

  • OTHER WORLDS: Game World (Random House Australia, 2018) — shortlisted for the K-Zone Toy of the Year Awards (Best Book).
  • You Choose: Footy Fever (Random House Australia, 2017) — shortlisted for the REAL Awards (Fiction For Younger Readers).

2017

  • You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars (Random House Australia, 2015) — KOALA Honour Award (Fiction For Younger Readers).
  • “An Eye For an Eye” (The X-Files: Secret Agendas, IDW Publishing, 2016) – SCRIBE awards shortlist (Short Fiction).

2016

You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars (Random House Australia, 2015) — KOALA Honour Award (Fiction For Younger Readers).

2015

You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove (Random House Australia, 2014)— winner, YABBA (Fiction For Younger Readers).

George Ivanoff

2014

  • Gamers’ Rebellion (Ford Street Publishing, 2013)winner, Chronos Award (Best Long Fiction)
  • “Fairy Pie” (Stories for Girls, Random House Australia, 2013) — shortlist for Chronos Award (Best Short Fiction)
  • That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed” (Doctor Who and Race, ed: Lindy Orthia, Intellect Books, 2013) — shortlisted for William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

2013

Viewing Clutter — winner, Chronos Award (Best Fan Publication)

2012

  • Gamers’ Challenge (Ford Street Publishing, 2011)— shortlist for Chronos Award
  • “Vitality” (Dead Red Heart, ed: Russell B Farr) — Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror Honorable Mentions list
  • “Trees” (Short and Scary, ed: Karen Tayleur) —  Recommended Reading List, Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror

2010

Gamers’ Quest (Ford Street Publishing, 2009)— winner, Chronos Award (Best Short Fiction) [The dividing line between short and long fiction in the Chronos Awards is 40,000 words, and Gamers’ Quest is under that limit.]