Prepare to have your socks spooked off as five of our best middle-grade authors weave a spine-tingling tale sure to keep you up long after the event is over. Find a comfy spot on the edge of your seat and settle in to hear Deborah Abela, Reece Carter, Tim Harris, Nathan Luff and Sue Whiting tell spooky stories of ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

Recommended for ages eight and up.

Reece Carter (Australian)

Reece Carter

Reece Carter has loved stories filled with whimsy and magic since he was a child growing up in rural Western Australia. Due to the unfortunate lack of witches and ghosts on the family farm, Reece had to set off and find them in books instead. Once he reached high school, Reece decided it was time to try writing his own. He loved it, and never looked back. Reece now lives in Sydney and his debut middle-grade book A Girl Called Corpse is set to be released in October, 2022.

Nathan Luff (Australian)

Nathan Luff

Nathan Luff grew up on a farm in rural NSW as one of five boys. His colourful upbringing is often the inspiration for the stories he tells. Nathan is the author of The Nerd Herd series and the middle grade novels Chicken Stu and Bad Grammar. In addition to writing children's books, Nathan writes plays for young audiences and works part time as a primary school teacher specialising in creative writing and the performing arts

Tim Harris (Australian)

Tim Harris

Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables and Exploding Endings. A former primary school teacher of 15 years, Tim's stories are filled with quirky scenarios, loveable characters and plenty of imagination. An advocate for creativity and short stories, his presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia. Tim lives in Sydney with his wife and four young children

Sue Whiting (Australian)

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a children's book author and editor. She has written books for all ages, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books, Platypus, Get a Grip Cooper Jones and Beware the Deep Dark Forest. Sue’s latest book is Pearly and the Pig and the Great Hairy Beast, a fast-paced junior fiction adventure. As a schools' performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country.

Deborah Abela (Australian)

Deborah Abela

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 produced a national kids’ TV show before writing twenty-eight internationally published and awarded books, including her cranky climate-change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and the CBCA notable, Bear in Space. Her next book, The Book of Wondrous Possibilities, is about the power of books to change our lives.