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Biography

Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. Sally has over seventy books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her work includes the highly acclaimed Polly and Buster trilogy and the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! books, which became the highest selling series for 6-8 year olds in Australia within the first year of their release. Sally is Australia’s highest selling female author and her books have sold more than 4.5 million copies in 14 languages. 

Sally is a popular presenter in schools and at literary festivals both in Australia and overseas and has a regular program on 3RRR interviewing children’s authors and industry professionals. She is a passionate ambassador for the 100 Story Building, Dymocks Childrens' Charities and also the Australian Reading Hour. Recently, she and Kids WB producer, Adrian Beck, have collaborated on a video series called the KidLit Club, which airs fortnightly. 

Illustration from Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and The Feelings Monster, Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017.

some other random facts about sally:

1) At school I was always a daydreamer.

The stuff that was going on in my head always seemed much more interesting than anything going on in the classroom. Except for Art and English. They were my two favourite subjects and the only ones I was ever really good at.

2) When I was growing up I always imagined...

I would have three girls but I actually ended up having three beautiful boys, whom I love to bits. However, sometimes wishes come true when you least expect it. A few years ago I became step-mum to three gorgeous girls, so now our family is like a true Brady Bunch!

3) By the time I was in Year 8... 

I had been to 8 different schools. Not because I was naughty (I was actually a very conscientous student) but because my family moved around so much when I was growing up because of my dad's work. I've spent most of my life in Australia, but also lived in China, South-East Asia and the South of France. Now I find it hard to stay in one place for very long.