Zana Fraillon is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning author of twelve books for children and young adults, including The Way of Dog; The Curiosities; The Lost Soul Atlas, and The Bone Sparrow. Her work has been published in over 15 countries and is in development for both stage and screen.
Zana’s books have won the Amnesty CILIP Honour Award; the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Readers; The Readings YA Book Prize; the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; the CBCA Honour Book Award; The Aurealis Award; and her book The Bone Sparrow was chosen as the biennial book to represent Australia for the International Board on Books for Young People. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Award; the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards; the INKY awards; the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards; the Queensland Literary Awards and the UK Crime Fest Award.
Zana was born, and currently lives in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. As a child Zana always had her head in a book. This could have been because she was 7 years-old before anyone realised that she was incredibly near-sighted and probably couldn’t see anything further away than the words in a book. But regardless of its origins, her love of reading has remained central to her life and work.
Zana has degrees in history and teaching and is currently a PhD candidate at LaTrobe University. Zana’s passion for empowering young people to find their voice is a feature of both her books and her work with writers of all ages.