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Odo Hirsch

Odo Hirsch

Odo Hirsch was born and grew up in Melbourne where he trained to be a doctor. He now lives in London and writes excellent books that are published not only in Australia but also in the US, UK, Netherlands, Korea, Germany and Italy.

 

Why I write
'I love it. For me, writing is great fun. I get to make up a world and I get to look at that world with freshness and curiosity. I've always loved using language, shaping ideas and images with words. It gives me great satisfaction when I think I've produced something really good.

'But in turning that story into a book, there's also a lot of hard work - a lot of redrafting and re-editing. So it's not all fun. I like to think of my books as opening doors in the reader's imagination. If each one of my readers, just once during one of my books, puts the book down, stares into space, and wonders "What if…" or "Why…" then I think I've done something worthwhile. After all, the great thing about reading is that it allows you into the mind of someone else, while at the same time allowing your own imagination to wander and grow. I hope my books contribute to this tradition.'

Influences
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's a kind of satire of the conventions of modern society, of Carroll's society as it was then. The concept is absolutely brilliant, revolutionary at the time and still the foundation of a lot of good children's writing in the sense of challenging conventions.

Inspiration
'I'm inspired by all kinds of things, especially history and people I meet.'

Advice to would-be writers
'Write about what you feel and what excites you.'

Most memorable experience
'I wrote chapter five of Bartlett and the City of Flames on a flight from London to New York. As the plane took off I had this great idea for a character, Sol. He still makes me laugh when I think about him. I laughed when I was writing it as well. I don't know what all the business people around me imagined. Probably thought I'd found some hilarious mistakes in a spreadsheet.'

Books by this Author

Yoss

Yoss

Published: June 2001

Yoss, Odo Hirsch's first novel for adults of all ages, tells the dramatic, haunting tale of an innocent village boy's encounter with the corrupt life of a mediaeval town.

Think Smart, Hazel Green!

Think Smart, Hazel Green!

Published: October 2003

A funny, heart-warming, beautifully shaped story in which Hazel Green and her logical friend, the Yak, set out on another mission for justice, this time trying to find a way for Mr Volio the baker to stay when the new owner of his shop won t renew his lease.

Bartlett and the Island of Kings

Bartlett and the Island of Kings

Published: October 2003

The latest chronicle of Odo Hirsch's popular adventurers. Kids love the way Bartlett, Jacques and Gozo solve the riddles of the people encountered on their great voyages of discovery.

Hazel Green

Hazel Green

Published: May 2004

'Sometimes you are really terrible, Hazel Green. Good, thought Hazel. Everyone should be terrrible sometimes.' A tender, funny tale of determination and discovery, independence and friendship, with the most endearing young heroine you've met in a long time.

Something's Fishy, Hazel Green!

Something's Fishy, Hazel Green!

Published: October 2004

Hazel Green's second memorable adventure, now reissued with a vibrant new cover. An enduring favourite with 8-12s.;;;

Have Courage, Hazel Green!

Have Courage, Hazel Green!

Published: October 2004

This third adventure starring irrepressible Hazel Green, now reissued with a vibrant new cover, is perfect for 8- to 12-year-olds. Individual, funny and endearing, it also has something to say about truth and fairness, stereotypes and discrimination, community and courage. It was an Honour Book in the 2002 Children's Book Council Awards (younger readers category).

Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp

Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp

Published: October 2007

A funny, touching, thought-provoking novel, peopled with memorable characters and pulsing with ideas, from the inimitable author of Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman and Hazel Green.

Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman

Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman

Published: September 1997

The first book by bestselling author, Odo Hirsch, this is the warm and eccentric story of a boy who explores a secret passage and arrives in a place were the only limit is his own imagination.

Bartlett and the Ice Voyage

Bartlett and the Ice Voyage

Published: July 1998

A larger-than-life heroic story about Bartlett the Adventurer who captures an iceberg and braves great danger to bring a most exotic present to the Queen.

Frankel Mouse

Frankel Mouse

Published: November 2000

Four young mice - Frankel, Berrel, Michael and Cousin Ruthie - face danger and adventure, making their home in the London Underground. A charming, funny and immensely satisfying story for young children by a master storyteller, introducing memorable new characters.

Frankel Mouse and the Bestish Lair

Frankel Mouse and the Bestish Lair

Published: June 2002

An endearing story for 7- to 10-year-olds, in which Frankel Mouse and his friends go to the Bestish Lair to get colour for their DANGER 100 000 VOLTS cupboard; sequel to Frankel Mouse

Bartlett and the City of Flames

Bartlett and the City of Flames

Published: November 1999

Join Bartlett and Jacques le Grand in their second intriguing adventure as they delve Underground to find the Pasha's son and rescue Gozo.

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool

Published: March 2009

The Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name. Can Darius step up to the challenge and uphold it? This wise and wonderful won the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers Award.

Odo Hirsch: Three Favourites

Odo Hirsch: Three Favourites

Published: September 2010

A trio of Odo Hirsch's best-loved stories, all together in one volume: Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman, Hazel Green and Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp.

Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees

Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees

Published: November 2011

In this wonderful sequel to 2010 CBCA Children's Book of the Year award winner Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool, Darius and his friends solve a new problem - the disappearance of bees - and help their class win the Mayor's Prize!

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