Jackie French

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Young Adult Author
Date of Birth November 29, 1953
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia
Age 67 years old
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Jackie French

Jacqueline French is an Australian author who has written over 140 books and has won more than 60 national and international awards. She is considered one of Australia's most popular and awarded children's authors, writing across a number of children's genres including picture books, history, fantasy and history fiction. She is also an author of numerous books on ecology, gardening, pest control, wombats, other wildlife and hens as well as fiction for adults. She is also a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around Australia including the Australian Women's Weekly and the Canberra Times. She also presented gardening segments on the long-running Australian TV series Burke's Backyard.

Born: Jacqueline Anne French, November 29, 1953, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Author
Nationality: Australian
Genre: Juvenile fiction, historical fiction, gardening books
Notable works: Rain Stones, Somewhere Around the Corner, Hitler's Daughter, Diary of a Wombat, To the Moon and Back
Spouse: Bryan Sullivan

About Jackie French

Known for her popular young adult novels To the Moon and Back and Hitler's Daughter, this Australian writer received the Children's Book of the Year/Eve Pownall Award for the former work and the Children's Book Council of Australia's annual award for the latter.

Before Fame

Before publishing Rain Stones, her debut work of children's fiction, she penned several nonfiction books on the subject of gardening.


Her 2002 picture book Diary of a Wombat was designated an American Library Association Notable Children's Book.

Family Life

She was raised primarily in Brisbane, Australia. She and her husband, Bryan Sullivan, later settled in Australia's Araluen valley.


She and her contemporary and fellow children's book author, Alison Lester, both received Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.

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Latest information about Jackie French updated on January 18, 2021.

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