susannah mcfarlane stories kids love Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:53:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EJ12 Girl Hero heading for TV! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:38:25 +0000 bethany EJ-TV-newsIn super exciting news, EJ12 Girl Hero has just been optioned for TV by the clever people at Ambience Entertainment.

Susannah’s popular spy-adventure series for young girls has now sold nearly three quarters of a million books in Australia and New Zealand alone, with a copy currently being sold every 15 minutes.

By optioning the series, Ambience Entertainment plans to create a riveting TV series that will fully engage the growing fan base with the stories, characters and adventures played out in the much-loved books.

Monica O’Brien, Executive Producer, Ambience Entertainment said of the announcement, “We’re so excited to be working with Susannah on the development of this awesome children’s series. EJ12 is a solid Australian brand that will soon become an international success.”

Yeay for this new exciting adventure for EJ12! Stay tuned for more info.


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Susannah Donates 1000 Books to Ardoch Youth Foundation! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:08:42 +0000 bethany Susannah McFarlane and Mandy BurnsSusannah recently donated 1000 books to Ardoch Youth Foundation, a children’s charity providing education support for children and young people experiencing disadvantage.

The books – taken from each of her hugely successful series EJ12 Girl Hero, Boy Vs Beast and Little Mates – will be used for Ardoch’s education and wellbeing programs as well as in their partner school libraries.

Susannah is a big believer in the power of education and the fabulous work that foundations like Ardoch are doing in the community.

For more information on Ardoch you can visit:

]]> 1 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:30:31 +0000 bethany The new generation editions of this wildly popular fantasy adventure series for early and reluctant readers.

Fast-paced and loaded with high energy whilst maintaining a low word count and simple sentence structure, Boy vs Beast takes reading to young boys on their terms.

Only a wall divides Earth from the Beasts of Beastium. Only a boy and his dogbot defend the wall and protect Earth. Kai Masters. Border guard and beast battler. Let the battles commence!

Perfect for beginner and reluctant reading boys.

]]> 0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:57:30 +0000 bethany This unique adventure series for young girls has now sold nearly three quarters of a million copies, making it one of Australia’s most popular children’s series. Now it’s the girls’ turn to save the world!

Special Agent EJ12 cracks codes and foils evil plans all over the world. Emma Jacks worries about mean girls, gym comps and not having perfect hair. EJ12 is Emma Jacks. Saving the world is the easy part!

Perfect for newly confident chapter book readers.

]]> 0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:17:38 +0000 laurens The much-loved EJ12 Girl Hero character now stars in a first chapter series perfect for beginner readers!

EJ Spy School introduces the hugely popular character Emma Jacks as she first joins the secret agency SHINE spy school and starts to train as a SHINE agent.

With careful choice of age appropriate words, concepts, sentence lengths and chapter lengths, EJ Spy School is the perfect series to help build the reading confidence and enjoyment of beginner readers.

Suitable for beginner and newly confident chapter book readers.

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EJ Spy School Book 2: The Race Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:48:17 +0000 bethany

Emma Jacks is Agent EJ10. She goes to Spy School! She wants to do well in her first race at Spy School. But then she finds a baby bird that needs help.

What should Emma do?

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EJ Spy School Book 1: The Test Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:48:38 +0000 bethany Emma Jacks loves being at school, but she doesn’t like tests. But sometimes good things come from bad.

Join Emma as she starts Spy School!

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New Generation Boy Vs Beast Out Now Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:04:39 +0000 bethany Boy vs Beast New GenerationThe new generation of this popular series for beginner and reluctant reading boys is now in stores and has a brand new website to go with it.

Featuring new look covers – but packed with the same action, adventures, beasts and battles as the original series – Books 1 to 8  were a hit with fans when released in September last year.

The Boy Vs Beast series takes reading to boys on their own terms. Using carefully planned pages and stories and engaging graphics, even the youngest reading boys can develop their reading skills while losing themselves in a story packed with action.

Books 9 to 12 in the series will hit stores from 1 March, but in the meantime you can check out the new look website at where you’ll find games, battle cards, and more.

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Welcome new series EJ Spy School! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:01:55 +0000 bethany EJ Spy SchoolYounger fans of the hugely popular EJ12 Girl Hero stories can now enjoy it for themselves with the launch of the new EJ Spy School series.

The perfect first chapter book series for young girls and beginner readers, EJ Spy School helps them to build reading confidence and enjoyment through its careful choice of age appropriate words, concepts, sentence lengths and chapter lengths.

The series introduces the much-loved character Emma Jacks as EJ10 as she first joins the secret agency SHINE spy school and starts to train as a SHINE agent. A great companion website features age-appropriate activities, games and story extracts as well and can be found at


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Boy v Beast 12: Water Mutant Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:25:43 +0000 bethany Kai Masters is a border guard and beast battler. Things have changed again in Beastium. There are new beasts. Bigger, stronger beasts. Mutants.

Kai must mix things up. Can he win against the water mutant?

Previously published as Aquaterros.

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