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Publication Order of Ashbury/Brookfield Books

Feeling Sorry for Celia (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year of Secret Assignments / Finding Cassie Crazy (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie / The Betrayl of Bindy Mackenzie (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreaming of Amelia (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts of Ashbury High (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Colours of Madeleine Books

A Corner of White (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cracks in the Kingdom (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tangle of Gold (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kingdoms and Empires Books

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oscar From Elsewhere (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Lillian Velvet / The Impossible Secret of Lillian Velvet (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Spell Book of Listen Taylor Books

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic to Mend a Broken Heart (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whispering Wars (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gravity Is the Thing (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jaclyn Moriarty is an Australian published author of fiction. She is known for writing novels for young adults.

The author was raised in Sydney, Australia. She had four sisters and a brother, and their home had two dogs and a dozen chickens. She recounts that most of the kids enjoyed telling stories and their father would pay them for writing. If the kids filled up an exercise book to the end with words, they would get a dollar fifty each.

It was perhaps no surprise that Jaclyn ended up finishing her first book at just seven years old. She does admit that it was inspired by Enid Blyton and the story was about toys that could talk. The story ended with the toys getting into a fight, and her aunt said the story was good but perhaps did not think so. Still, Jaclyn continued her journey of writing.

She had always wanted to be a writer when she grew up but also had the pragmatic realism of knowing that she might have to get a different full time job as well. She originally wanted to grow up to be a flight attendant, as did Kelly, her best friend. They were hoping that they would be tall enough and would always measure each other to see, but fortunately they changed their career goals to astronomy. Jaclyn ended up thinking she might work in advertising but then chose journalism. She ended up going into English at the University of Sydney on the advice of a neighbor.

Jaclyn attended the University of Sydney and studied English. She did her thesis on the author Roald Dahl. She then attended Yale University, graduating with her Masters in Law. She would go on to attend Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, graduating with her PhD in Law. It was at this time that she wrote her book Feeling Sorry for Celia, a novel intended for young adults that she wrote because she enjoys reading books for young adults and has met many wonderful young adults.

Jaclyn would then return home to be in Sydney. There she was employed as a lawyer specializing in media, entertainment, and copyright. She sent her manuscript to an agency in Sydney. Author Garth Nix was there and opened it and found her some publishers for the book. She says that her law firm coworkers were supportive and even had a cake for her when the book was published as well as allowed her to work on a part time basis for a period of time while writing the second installment, Finding Cassie Crazy.

It was after this that Jaclyn began writing full time. She got married to Colin McAdam, a Canadian writer. Together they had a son that they named Charlie. They resided in Montreal for a while but eventually moved back to Sydney. Today the author lives there with her son. Her sisters Liane and Nicola also are professional authors. Jaclyn says that her favorite things include ice, chocolate, snow, blueberries, and sleep. She is known for writing several series, from Ashbury/Brookfield to the Spell Book of Listen Taylor, the Colours of Madeleine Trilogy, and the Kingdoms and Empires series.

Jaclyn Moriarty is the creator and the author of the Ashbury/Brookfield series of fictional novels. The series got started in 2000 with the publication of the debut novel, Feeling Sorry for Celia. The book was a best seller internationally, as was the follow up sequel, Finding Cassie Crazy (also known by the alternate title, The Year of Secret Assignments). The third novel came out in 2006 and is titled Becoming Bindy Mackenzie (also known by alternate titles The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie and The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie). The fourth novel was published in 2009 and is titled Dreaming of Amelia (also going by the alternate title The Ghosts of Ashbury High).

Feeling Sorry for Celia is the first novel in the Ashbury/Brookfield series by author Jaclyn Moriarty. The book was a hit in Australia, where it was a number one best seller. Check out the debut in the series and catch all of the funny and emotional moments for yourself in a story that is told in words but also messages, postcards, and letters.

When it comes to life, things have gotten complicated for main character Elizabeth Clarry. For one thing, she can’t keep track of her best friend. Celia just keeps on disappearing. Meanwhile, her father who is always absent is suddenly back on the scene. Communicating with her mom is pretty much done through notes that she leaves on the fridge.

Now things are getting strange because Elizabeth’s English teacher somehow has the urge to bring back the joy of the envelope. As a result, someone that she doesn’t even know now knows things about her that most people in her life don’t know. She’s in the middle of some big changes going on.

She’s making new friends, worrying that she’s going to lose Celia, has a crush on a handsome guy that might end up turning into something real, and even run a marathon. A lot can happen. In this story about friendship, change, and growing up, Moriarty captures what it’s like to be a teenager realistically and humorously. Read this first book in the series and find out what happens!

Finding Cassie Crazy is the second novel in the Ashbury/Brookfield series by Jaclyn Moriarty. This time, the main characters are Lydia, Emily and Cassie, who all attend Ashbury High in year ten. When they start writing letters to three guys that go to a different school, will their pen pal arrangements have disastrous or positive results?

Students at Ashbury claim that Brookfield High students are all psychopaths and deal drugs. The school has a project that focuses on pen pals, and the girls get involved. Seb and Charlie appear to be interested in Lydia and Emily. But Matthew sends Cassie weird letters that are threatening at first before turning sweet.

They’re all at a loss to understand why Cassie continues writing. When she finds out that he’s lied about certain things, she’s hurt. With vandalism of schools escalating tensions and romance as well as disappointment, this is a story you won’t want to miss!

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