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Take a look at these fantastic talks by famous authors to Footscray City College students…


The lovely librarians at Scotch College in Hawthorn invited us to attend this talk by Christopher Paolini in August 2012.

Lauren Oliver visited our school early in 2012 thanks to the awesome people at the Sun Bookshop.

On the 13th August 2013 A.J. Betts visited our library to discuss her book Zac & Mia thanks again to the Sun Bookshop.

A.J. Betts speaks with our Year 9s.

On the 13th August our Year 9 students were treated to a visit from author and teacher A.J. Betts who teaches kids in a major hospital in WA. She talked openly about all of her novels and how she gets her ideas. Betts won the Text Prize for her latest novel Zac & Mia and she spoke about the real kids who helped inspire the book. She was very casual in her approach, often engaging individual students and getting the group to participate in the discussion. The kids were very responsive and participated well. Many kids stayed back after the talk to have a more personal discussion with Amanda about reading books, tips on how to improve their own writing and to get her autograph. A big thanks to Text Publishing and The Sun Bookshop for helping to organise the event.


Author A.J. Betts is coming to FCC!


All of our Year 9 students will be treated to a talk from Perth based author and teacher A.J. Betts, who won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her latest novel Zac & Mia.

The story follows two teens with cancer, in next door rooms of an oncology ward, tapping on the wall between them.  They eventually have contact through Facebook and email and carefully gather information about each other, all the while trying to avoid discussing the reason for being in the ward. It is emotional stuff! This is thematically similar to the current Year 9 text The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and so we thought this talk would give the students another insight into the topic of terminal illnesses and how different people cope with them. A.J. Betts spent some time teaching in an oncology ward so she has first-hand experience on the subject.

The novel has seen rave reviews, here’s what some have said about the book:

‘I think you have to be brave to write a book like this. To write it without overt, condescending sympathy. And to be brave enough to write the moments that are funny, or grotty, or filled with rage, alongside those that are brave and heroic. It’s a book that is well deserving of a prize, and is likely to win many more.’

First Impressions

‘Zac and Mia are unforgettable—they put hooks into my heart that are still there. Be warned: if you pick up this book, you won’t want to put it down.’

Fiona Wood

It is due to the fantastic people at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville that our students get another great opportunity to hear from a successful writer and I’d like to thank them very much for that. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and also to buy books and get them signed. Copies of Zac & Mia will sell for $19.99 and Betts’ previous novel Wavelength will also be available for $17.95. The talk will take place in the library at 1:40pm on Tuesday 13th August.