Maureen McCarthy

7 children’s books by the writer

Maureen McCarthy is the ninth of ten children and grew up on a farm near Yea in Victoria. After working for a while as an art teacher, Maureen became a full-time writer. Her novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards and include the In Between series, which was adapted from scripts Maureen co-wrote with Shane Brennan for SBS TV; Ganglands; Cross my Heart; Chain of Hearts; Flash Jack; When you Wake and Find me Gone, Rose by any other name, Somebody's Crying and Careful what you wish for. Her much-loved bestseller, Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life was made into a highly successful 4-part mini-series for ABC TV and has been reissued by Allen and Unwin.

15-18 years

Somebody's Crying

Maureen McCarthy

Somebody's Crying

Three years have passed since the murder of Alice's mother, but still the killer is unknown. Alice, her cousin Jonty and his friend Tom are drawn together by the mystery, but what is each of them hiding? Will their ...

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Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life

Maureen McCarthy

Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life

A compulsively readable story which has achieved classic status. Three very different girls from the same country town share an inner-city house during their first year out of school. 'Sometimes your life changes and you don't know why. A ...

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16+ years

Rose by Any Other Name

Maureen McCarthy

Rose by Any Other Name

Rose is all packed up. She's got a van full of petrol and a stack of CDs. She's got a surfboard in the back and a secret that won't go away. But that's okay. She also ...

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The Convent

Maureen McCarthy

The Convent

'I woke up with a feeling about today,' Stella says dreamily. 'Something truly amazing is going to happen.' 'To us or to the world?' I say. 'To you.' 'To me?' I laugh. 'Nothing ever happens to me, Stella.' 'But today ...

£6.99

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9+ years

Careful What You Wish for

Maureen McCarthy

Careful What You Wish for

11-year-old Ruth is stuck in a family who just don't understand her. It takes a magical encounter with the sharp-nosed and even sharper-tongued Rodney the Rat to help her see what's really important. Ruth is sick of her ...

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15+ years

The Convent

Maureen McCarthy

The Convent

Sadie, Ellen and ...Cecilia...It feels odd to say these names aloud, oddly familiar. I've never heard them before, but it's as if they've been sitting there all along, waiting for me to open the door and ...

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15+ years

Stay with Me

Maureen McCarthy

Stay with Me

Try to leave and I'll find you...Tess is trapped in a desperate situation - her violent partner now threatening not just Tess, but their daughter as well...A chance meeting offers a way out, and a road trip back ...

£10.99

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