Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela, Dip Teach, BA (Comm), Children’s Author.

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 moved back to Sydney, Australia, where she has written twenty-five books including the Max Remy Superspy (Spyforce) series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of WW2. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvelous International Bee, were inspired by her grade 4 teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is called Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

Most Recent Book
The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee book

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was 7.

As a kid, reading books felt more like a safe haven than a pastime.



Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

I would sit in the sunken green carpeted well in our library among beanbags while the librarian sat cross-legged on an island in the middle and read. She would stop just as we were desperate to know more.

Tell us about your process for creating a children's book from start to finish?

It starts with a small idea or character who won't leave me alone....and if I stay with it and ask questions, the story reveals itself. I plan the story to make sure I have the structure in place...then I sit down and write and rewrite and rewrite.

What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

Have books everywhere in the house, make reading as much of a daily habit as bathtime, mealtime, bedtime. Read yourself, have audio books for car journeys, talk about books and what could happen next, go to the library together as well as author events and launches.

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

I would be an explorer, but I am very clumsy and not good with it's lucky I'm an author.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee is the sequel to The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. The books are about a shy, anxious girl who is encouraged by her family and small country town to enter a spelling bee.

What world have you created in a book that you'd most like to live in?

I flooded an entire city in my book Grimsdon, about kids living in a climate changed world. I'm not sure I'd like to live there, but there are flying machines and inventive boat-like vehicles I'd love to try out.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

The Lorax by Dr Seuss and Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter. I love that both of them deal with a love of the planet and inventions.

chapter Books

kindness · competition · family · friendship · facing fears · spelling · anxiety · courage · Australia
The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee
hard work · Australia · humor · facing fears · kindness · family · friendship · courage · anxiety · spelling · competition
The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee


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