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reader and

daydream believer,


is convinced there is magic in every day if we care to find it.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan


Speedy Edie

A story about growing up in the Australian bush in the 1930s

Edie dreams of being the champion runner at the inter-school sports. Perhaps then the other children will like her. But her hopes are dashed when the big day doesn’t go to plan. A few days later, there is a wild storm and a giant tree topples down, crashing into the little bush schoolhouse and trapping everyone inside.

Their teacher is injured. What can they do?

Only Edie is small enough to climb through the window and run for help. Can she brave the storm and be a true champion?


The Yesterday Dress

A warm-hearted story about family connections

A pearl button from Mama’s wedding glove starts Angelina’s yesterday collection. Soon everyone in her big multicultural family has a memory to share and a special keepsake to give her.

“What will you do with them?” asks Mama.

A school dress-up parade for Pioneers Day gives Angelina a wonderful idea of what to do with her yesterday things.

Recent Release!

The Mum for the Job

A story about letting go of limiting expectations and opening up to ‘can’ rather than ‘can’t.’

It’s been four years since the Dark Days when Chloe lost her mum to cancer. Nana’s been wonderful but it’s time their family had a mum person. Chloe is excited at the news that Dad is bringing home a special friend to meet the family. She might be just the mum person they need. But when they arrive, Chloe knows immediately that Fern is wrong for the job. She’s in a wheelchair so can’t skate to the shop, turn cartwheels on the lawn or race along the seashore. Chloe will have to be good at being bad to stop her joining their family.

Parent Tamer by Author Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Reading Time on The Parent Trap

The humorous plot turns the tables on toddler taming, with the protagonist totally flabbergasted by his parents’ bad behaviour. But the sinister Vish adds another dimension and the mystery totally drew me in. Strap yourself in for a funny, fast paced adventure, full of twists and turns and dripping with suspense. An easy-to-read junior novel, recommended for primary aged students.

You Can be a Writer by Author Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Readilearn on You Can Be a Writer

Teena Raffa-Mulligan has explained the process of writing perfectly for young children and made it seem enticingly simple and exciting, inviting children to use their imaginations to embark on a writing adventure. I like that children can pick up this book and follow the instructions on their own. Each step is clearly explained with examples of questions writers ask themselves to move their stories along. It is also a useful tool for parents and teachers who wish to support children as writers, providing them with words to use and steps to follow.

BooksOnTour on Who Dresses God?

[A] delicate and sensitive story that gives young readers a solid understanding of this higher being that is God, and without any kind of religious preaching. Raffa-Mulligan certainly leaves her young audience with a heart-warming sense that having belief, hope and trust, loving and being loved transcend above any unanswered questions, for family and caring for our planet and everyone and everything in it are most important of all.

Mrs B’s Book Reviews on Friends

This delightful story is full of humour and sentiment. Travelling amongst the Australian bushland with the main character Koala, the reader is taken on a journey packed full of fun and mishaps. Each page links to the main theme of friendship, but also includes instances of acceptance, caring and sharing with others. Good times, hard times are represented in Friends, which is an accurate reflection of life and a valuable lesson for young children to learn.

Sandi Parsons, Goodreads review on Ben Bumblefoot

Teena Raffa-Mulligan is a master at creating fun and quirky chapter books for early readers and Ben Bumblefoot is no exception. [It] is a humorous early chapter book about friendship and finding your place. Young readers will both laugh with, and at, poor Ben in his quest.

In Their Own Write Advice and insights from published authors

  • Meet the Author: Patrick Holland
    by intheirownwrite on June 21, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Slow down. Steep your words in time, they’ll be better for it. -Patrick Holland Patrick Holland is a novelist and short story writer. He is the author of seven books, most notably The Mary Smokes Boys (2010), which was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and is currently being made into a feature film. His … Continue reading Meet the Author: Patrick Holland

  • Meet the Author: Jo Peck
    by intheirownwrite on May 31, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Jo Peck grew up in Healesville, Victoria. She worked in advertising for thirty-five years, co-running her own ad agency, Working Girls Advertising, for twenty of those years. She lives in Melbourne with her new partner. Author Insight Jo, the end of your marriage came without warning and by your own admission rocked you to your very … Continue reading Meet the Author: Jo Peck

  • Meet the Author — Belinda Cranston
    by intheirownwrite on May 3, 2024 at 4:04 am

    Belinda’s top tip for aspiring authors: Read widely and take note of different story techniques used by different authors. I like Liane Moriarty’s way of revealing who her characters are, through their seemingly innocuous but very telling gestures and facial expressions.  These details are subtle, yet often more important than the dialogue and plot. Photo: … Continue reading Meet the Author — Belinda Cranston

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