BIO - ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margaret Clark was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 20th April 1942. She has two sisters. She went to Geelong schools. Then she went to Teachers College, got married and had a son and a daughter. She has worked as a primary teacher, pre-school director, university lecturer and alcohol and drug educator with the Victorian Health Department. These various jobs have given her great insight into the lives of children and teenagers. She has a B.Ed (Honours), a Masters degree in Education, and a Doctorate in Education.
Always interested in reading and writing, Margaret used to enter writing competitions from ten years old, and shows samples of her work which she kept when she conducts author talks and writing workshops for young people and adults.
She has written books under the name M.D.Clark, Margaret D Clark and Lee Striker. Now she writes as Margaret Clark. With over one hundred books about relationships, friendships, and social issues under the guise of humour, Margaret's books have become very popular with young readers. She writes for ages four years to sixteen years. Her first book Pugwall was published in 1987 and subsequently made into a TV series, followed by Pugwall's Summer in 1989.
Her books for young children include A Wee Walk and Galumpher, as well as the EGG picture books. Her most well-known books for primary school children are the Mango Street series, The Chickabee series, the Shorts series and six Aussie Bites, Snap!, Crackle!, Pop!, S.N.A.G the Sensitive New Age Gladiator, Silent Knight, Mummy's Boy Willie Tell (Or Won't He?) Joan of Art and out in 2005 The Worst Nurse.
Many of her books touch upon the concerns that most young people have today, making and keeping friends, sibling rivalry, school environments and social issues which create confusion for young people. Her Lisa Trewlaw series - Fat Chance, Hot or What, Kiss and Make Up, Hooking Up - are about self esteem, body image and the world of modelling. Her Studley family books - Hold My Hand or Else, Living with Leanne, Pulling the Moves - are about sibling rivalry and family life. And her books such as Back on track- Diary of a Street Kid, Care Factor Zero, Bad Girl, No Standing Zone, Rave On and Night Works, are all written from her experiences when employed in an alcohol and drug centre. As a result her fan mail often includes letters from children and teenagers with problems and no one to talk to, which she always answers. Her controversial books Secret Girls' Stuff and More Secret Girls' Stuff, What to do when Life Sucks, (written with Dr Claire Fox) and Secret Friends' Stuff are based on many of these letters and emails.
Her latest book for younger readers is BLAST OFF! (an Aussie Nibble).
Her latest books for pre-teenagers and teenagers is
TROUBLE ON TUESDAYS - ANOTHER SECRET DIARY BY SARA SWAN
Other recent pre/teen and teen books are:
FOREVER FRIENDS - THE SECRET DIARY OF SARA SWAN and SECRET FRIENDS' STUFF (Random House)
Her first book for adults THE FEMAILS (Penguin) was published in April 2005.
THE CHICKABEES is currently being made into a movie.
AWARDS: Margaret's books have won awards in Europe (the White Raven award for Wally the Whiz Kid, 1993) and they are short-listed in all of the children's choice awards. Too many to list, but the latest are the EARS Award (2001) for Hold My Hand Or Else audio book and the YARA Award, 2001 for A Wee Walk. Also she has had books published in sixteen different countries.
Her hobbies are reading, writing, walking on the beach, gardening, water aerobics, playing with her grandchildren, scrounging around in Op shops, eating Violet Crumbles and everything that involves chocolate, and sleeping.
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Fun at the beach
Above: With my grand daughter Evie, born November 2005.
Below: My grandsons William and Matthew
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