Summer Reading Club
space craft special edition 2017

Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne has traveled the world working as an author and science writer

Cristy grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. 

Over the year’s Cristy has had lots of jobs. Some of her favourites include: science circus performer, garbage analyst, magazine editor, wasabi tester, Santa’s pixie and atom-smashing reporter at CERN in Switzerland.

At university, Cristy studied biotechnology because she thinks cheese is amazing and that it’s always good to know stuff about cheese. She likes to encourage learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.

Cristy is well known for her Takeshita Demons trilogy of children’s fantasy adventures, which were inspired by her years of living in Japan, a healthy fear of ghosts, and a plastic head she found in a rubbish bin.

She currently teaches Writing for Children at Curtin University, and is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for Australia West.

Getting to Know Cristy Burne

Game On: How did you get into writing?

First, I got into reading. Big time. Then I got into writing-and-being-rejected-and-trying-to-write-again. Big time. Then one day, I found a life-size plastic head in my rubbish bin and went ‘Awesome. This could be a story.’ So I wrote that story, and it became my first book.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Nope. When I was at kindy, I wanted to be a kindy teacher. Then, after I read Roald Dahl’s books, I wanted to be a bookshop owner. Then I wanted to be a traveller. So I travelled loads and loads. I nearly died in a Chinese desert when my camel ran away. Then I nearly starved in Japan when I accidentally spent all my money. Then I bled everywhere after I crashed my rental motorbike in India. So then I thought, ‘You know what? You should be a writer. It’s way safer.’

What are some of your favourite games to play?

Find the Head. It goes like this: You get the life-size plastic head that you found in your rubbish bin. Then you hide it somewhere in your house (like in the fridge). And then you just laugh and laugh when someone finds it, and you know they’ve found it because you can hear them screaming.

Also board games, like Rummikub, Carcassonne and Squatter.

Do you have a favourite sport, sporting event or sporting hero?

Find the Head. See above.

Also basketball. Go Wildcats!

What kinds of activities do you like to do to supercharge your summers?

Find the Head. See above.

Also swimming, hiking, rock climbing and reading.

Can you recommend some good GAME ON reads for our SRC Members?

I love Killer Boots by Wendy Jenkins, Chess Nuts by Julia Lawrinson, and the whole Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda (because that’s like being in a game!).

A Creative Tip

Ideas are everywhere. . .

You can find ideas anywhere—even in your rubbish bin—but you have to do something with your ideas. This summer, spend 10 minutes a day writing, drawing or working on your idea. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

Hot Off the Press

Cristy Burne’s newest book is now available. Have you had a chance to read it yet?

Book Title: To the Lighthouse

Publisher: Freemantle Press

Recommended Reading Age: 7–8

Book Description:

Isaac arrives on Rottnest Island hoping for an awesome holiday adventure, but his mum would rather he stayed inside, where it’s safe. Then Isaac meets Emmy. She’s allowed to do whatever she wants – and she wants to have fun!

With Emmy daring him on, Isaac’s life gets more and more exciting. But when things go horribly wrong on their secret midnight adventure, they both wonder whether this time they’ve gone too far.

Sneak Peak

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