Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

Author, Producer, Writer

Biography

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail…twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write 26 books for children. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm (Aug 2019). Teresa: A New Australian was inspired by her dad, who, along with a million other refugees, made the journey to Australia after surviving the devastation of WW2. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, were inspired by her Grade 4 teacher. Her first picture book, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero, was published in 2017. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb has won awards for her books, including the Maurice Saxby Award, US IBBY Award for Outstanding International Book and Best Book in Translation, Malta. Deb has been presenting in schools and festivals for over 18 years and loves getting kids excited about books, reading and writing.

Deborah 完成她的教師學位後移居到非洲並從事電視行業。她製作及編寫了一套國家的兒童電視節目後,便開始了她的寫作生涯,至今創作了26本兒童圖書。她出版了小說《Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm》(Aug 2019),內容引起讀者對氣候變化的關注。《Teresa: A New Australian》則是受到爸爸在二戰期間以難民身分逃往澳洲的經驗啟發而成。她的第一本圖畫書則是《Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero》。Deborah的著作得到多個獎項,包括 the Maurice Saxby Award, US IBBY award for Outstanding International Book 及 Best Book in Translation, Malta。Deborah 擁有18年在世界各地的學校及活動演講的經驗,並熱衷於與兒童分享閱讀及寫作的經驗。