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Great Stories for Young People - Favourite Word – GREAT!!!!! GREAT!!!!! GREAT!!!!!

How many times has great been used on this page? It’s because short can be just that GREAT.

“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

How do you write a great short story?

Put your bum on that seat and write.” says Eoin Colfer great international best-selling author of Artemis Fowl who’s sold many millions of books who is also author of the 1st great short story in the Dr Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts series:-

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who!

The most exciting names in children’s fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord. Eoin Colfer has the first story in this 50th anniversary edition of Doctor Who.

Here is Eoin being interviewed by Susanne Gervay when he was on his Australian tour at Sydney Harbour.

Susanne Gervay loves writing short stories. She’s published in many different anthologies

What makes a short story?

There needs to be an idea, strong themes, significant characters, the challenge, conflict and that satisfying end which can be good, bad, or in between.

What is the driving force in Susanne’s short stories?

It’s called heart – wanting to explore the world with young people.

Why are short stories great to read?

Well written short stories are like a delicious small meal. You read, digest, enjoy, think and re-think about what the short story is about and the ideas in it. Then you’re ready to get on with other things.

A novel is more like a banquet – it can take all day to eat and digest. There’s second and third courses that you can spread out over days and weeks and even longer.

Both are great, but a short story is so delicious and very quick.

Writing for great Causes

Children’s authors and illustrators are often asked to contribute a short story and/or illustration to an anthology for a good cause.

Susanne together with wonderful authors and illustrations such as Shaun Tan, James Roy, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, James Maloney, Sally Rippin, Meredith Costain, Barry Jonsworth, Janeen Brian, Frane Lessac … and so many more … have contributed to anthologies for great causes including:-

Peace Story published edited by published Siobhan Parkinson and Valerie Coghlan by Nami Books South Korea, (ISBN 978 89 91591 46 2) to support International Books for Young People IBBY under the auspices of the United Nations.

Short and Scary published by Black Dog Books, edited by Karen Tayleur published by Black Dog Books ISBN (9781 7420 31330) to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters Charity.

Reaching Out; messages of hope edited by Mariah Kennedy published by HarperCollins (ISBN 9780733 331 923) to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF Australia

Short edited by Lili Wilkinson published by Black Dog Books to (ISBN 9781742030340) in support of youth mentoring programs.

Books that Surprise you

Makings Feminism REAL for Kids Today

  • Equal pay
  • Education
  • Fair work
  • No to Violence

The 1970s was the decade of women’s rights.

I was handed a 1970s t-shirt from the National Museum’s collection with SUPER WOMAN written across it. The brief was:-

‘Create a story using this t-shirt so that kids from 8 to 12 understand Feminism.

It was wonderful but very hard to create story when young people became fellow travellers in the journey of women’s rights.’

The National Museum’s Making Tracks Collection are books where items from the Museum’s collections are given to well known Australian authors to reveal the meaning of Australian history through story and illustration.

“You have beautifully woven through ‘Daisy Sunshine’ … the major issue of women’s value and women’s rights. The illustrations are wonderful, presenting the warmth and respect and love which does develop when women collaborate to get something done.”

Professor Marie R Bashir AC CVO
Governor of New South Wales

Books that Surprise you

‘Daisy Sunshine’ is dedicated to Professor Marie Bashir, an extraordinary woman.

by Susanne Gervay

illustrated by Teresa Culkin-Lawrence

  • Daisy Sunshine and her Mum are a small family now. There may be just two of them, but they’re going to make it – find new friends, a new life and discover who they are.

It’s the 1970s so it’s the time of flower-power, colourful t-shirts, marches to save trees and women’s rights. Wonderful people join Daisy Sunshine and her Mum, like Rainbow Rose with her golden hair and hippy caftans and Nina Papadopolous whose parents came from Greece, the Colonel and of course old Dot with her BIG singlets and underpants hanging on the clothes line.

Daisy Sunshine’s Song 

Girls are great
Boys are mates
Can’t you pay us
the same rates

We want to learn
Cause we’re so smart
Don’t stop us flying
to our hearts .

We’re Mums and sisters,
Friends and people
Join us marching
Marching, marching

Make the world a better place
For you and me and all of us.

Skip to My Lou My Darling (author unknown)
This tune can be used to sing Daisy Sunshine’s Song

Shadows of Olive Trees – Young adult novel published Hodder Headline

This is the first time, a YA novel that has interpreted the second rise of feminism from a multicultural perspective.

“Set in Sydney in the mid-70s, this is the story of Tessa, who must reconcile her Greek background with leaving school and the emergence of women’s liberation. It is also a story of friendship and love, reminding me of Looking for Alibrandi. Gervay gets better with every book.”

Spectrum Sydney Morning Herald.

Next Stop the Moon – Published by HarperCollins

“Spanning four years (12-16) in Rosie’s life, ‘Next Stop the Moon’ brings to life some of the realities of being Hungarian-Australian in Sydney’s suburbs in the 60s. Caught up in The Beatles, clothes, boys and dieting … Rosie and her friends navigate their way through school and into the real world. Excellent reading.”

Dolly Magazine

Jamie’s A Hero – Published by HarperCollins

Jamie has a plan.

Jamie’s 10 and is trying to be a hero.

He needs something at this tough time in his life. His mum and dad are divorced, school is difficult and he has nightmares and stomach aches.

But if he could do something special at school it might help.

‘Jamie’s A Hero’ is for every kid who is hurt because parents live apart. It is for young readers, written by Susanne Gervay, and illustrated by Cathy Wilcox.

Super Scene Section for Kids in The Sun Herald

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