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Hello Gabrielle,I like reading The Garden Of Empress Cassia book. The reason why I like your book is because some books tend to be really good at the start but, then the ending, it will slack off. We’ll your one doesn’t. We’ll also I don’t usually like reading but, with this book I will really […]
Dear Ms Wang,I love your books so much. I love to write too. I love your book The Pearl Of Tiger Bay, Annie Starr is a lot like me. Also, I love your book A Ghost In My Suitcase, I finished both books in a day. Your books are so powerful and make you feel […]
Dear Ms Wang, My Grandmother gave me this book with you signature on it I was thrilled. Even with the cover I knew that the ghost in my suitcase would be great. But it was Fantastic, I could not put it down I felt like I was in Celeste’s body and I was nearly crying because […]
Dear gabrielle,I love your  books! At school i am reading the Garden of Epress Cssia and just  finished your book the hidden monastery and loved it!!! Your books  capture me so much and you make me feel like i am in the story! At school  my favorite subject is writing and think I write in […]
I am 11 and would really like it if you would write back  or tell me when your next signing is because my favouriet book shop is  readings book shop in carlton and would really like to meet you. Once again i  love your books and they really capture me. Rachael ps. Your books have made […]
hello its rosemary i loved the book ghost in my suitcase its very nice i loved when the ghost transformed when she captured them in the mirror and placed them in a pond.i heard that your next book is little paradise hope its a lovely book. im 11 years old and i read a lot of […]
Dear Ms Wang, I read your book this term and have loved it. We are doing a literature circle and making a play about the scene where she has to jump over the boulders. Have you got any suggestions on how we could make it really good. I think that you could really make a […]
Dear Ms Wang, I have read the book (The Garden Of Empress Cassia) and it grabbed me to the limit. Now that I have read it I would like to make sure the whole world can read it! So I am presenting a play to my class of year 4 with a group of friends that […]
Dear Ms Wang,I have recently read your book (The Garden of Empress Cassia) and it inspired me to follow my own way.I have read this book for school and are doing a play on the chapters ‘Ghost Gum Park’. I am doing this with two friends.Love Claudia P.S Are you making anymore books soon?
Dear Ms Wang, I have read your book The Garden of Empress Cassia and I love it. I love the idea of the garden and how she throws the pastels. I am making a play about the chapter Ghostgum Park. From Nadia! P.S why did you make the chapter sweet dreaming
HI, it’s me, Elliott. Do you remember me from the book launch a few months ago? Not only have I finished A Ghost In My Suitcase, but have read The Hidden Monastery and The Garden of the Empress Cassia. All three books were amazing stories, and I can’t wait to read Little Paradise. Your books […]
hi gabriella,i hope u have a fantastic christmas to.i have been dancing all weekend so i am sorry that this might be a late reply but on the 6th and 7th of december i had a dancing concert it was so fun there were 3 matinees.i am not that big of a fan of reading […]
Hello Gabrielle Wang, My teacher Ms Mclaren read us one of your books and i think it was fantastic The book we read was the Garden of Empress Cassia and the part I liked best was when Jemma took those special pastels, my heart pounded, and when the art teacher told Mimi about her using […]
Dear Gabrielle Wang, Are there any new boks coming out yet?? If yes please email me back and tell me where I can find them in Australia, Brisbane.P.S LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!from your fan reader,Stephanie
dear Gabrielle wang, thank you for your reply. as soon as i read it i printed it out and showed it to my teacher from last year Mrs.Lette. did i mention her in my letters i sent you last year? when i showed her she was thrilled that you replyd to me and she can’t […]
Heygabrielle! its been a couple of hours since i wrote my last email. thanks so much for writting back! guess what! ive already finished The Garden of Empress Cassia! now im reading the hidden Monastery! im already up to page 45! im so excited to pick it up again! From your number one reader Demi.xx
HI GABRIELLE.Im lauren. Im in Year 5. you visited us on friday. you were great! i LOVE your books, thought i have only read ‘Pearl of Tiger bay.’For christmas i want some of your books from Santa! your a really good writer AND drawer.Ive already taught my sister how 2 draw ‘PENG.’
Hi Gabrielle,I am anna, you came to my school today to talk to us abot your books. I relly enjoyed you coming in, and I loved all of your drawings, espesially the one of Peng. tomorrow I am going to buy your book ‘the hidden monistry’and I can’t wait to start reading it. I thought […]
Hey Gabrielle, My name is Lucy and I would like to say that I love your drawings and your books. I think you really encouraged me to write books. Thank you for that. I have been writing a book for a while and I would love to finish it but I don’t think it is […]
Hi! Gabrielle Wang!! You have recently came to my school and would like to say thanks for coming. I bought a book from my school library ‘The garden of Empress Cassia’ its very interesting and full of imaginations! Im thinking of buying The Pearl of Tiger Bay. And again thank you for visiting my school […]
Hello Thank you very much for coming to our school. I enjoyed the drawing very much. I have one question for you….. “Who is the girl on the cover of The Gardens of Empress Cassia? I love the book!!! Mrs Elstob ( our library teacher) reads the book really well and great with exspression!! In […]
hi gabrielle!!!!! I’m Natasha I was there at the readers cup five! I am your BIGGEST fan!!!!!!!! i’m also gonna get lots of your books!!!! hoow kool is that and I want to become an author like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My name is Raegan and I am eleven years old. I have read most of your books including The Garden of Empress Cassia, The Hidden Monastery and The Pearl of Tiger Bay. My favourite would have to be The Garden of Empress Cassia because I like the words you used to describe objects and people […]
i love your books i live in manang from michael
Hi Gabrielle, I am a year 4 student in Brisbane. I am doing a talk on my favourite illustrator-  it’s you!! I have read the FAQ on your website but need help with the following questions. What is your favourite method of Artistic expression[ eg Water colours, Collage, oil paints] ? I went to your […]
Hi Thankyou so much for coming to our school for Writer’s Day. I am going to come to your book launch at BookBonding in Essendon in Febuary For your new book A Ghost In My Suitcase I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited. Thankyou for your time. Clara
Dear Gabrielle Wang, My name is Hollie and I am a year 5 student. I really enjoyed your visit to our school on Monday. My favourite part was the drawing of peng everyone had such good pictures. Thank you for telling us about The Garden of empress cassia because I have just started reading after […]
me and my friend love your book pearl of tiger bay we think it is great .. can you please tell us some facts about this book /..we really enjoy your book we hope you reply!!! from grace and fanfan
Hi my name is Stephanie and i really enjoyed reading “The Garden Of Empress Cassia”. I know that you have other books like “The Pearl Of Tiger Bay” & “The Hidden Monastery” & “Kids Night In 2” & “When We Were Young”. I have read all of them but i am reading now “The Pearl […]
Do you remember Maddison? any way i get so exited when you email me. you make me feel as if i’m in the book. i hope you never stop writing books but i guess after a while its you just stop. I hope this isn’t to private but do you have any brothers or sisters?I […]
Hello Gabrielle, My grandaughter has borrowed your books from her school library, and then passed them on to me to read, her favourite being Empress of Cassia, as she, Maddison has been in art classes for  a little over 12 months.  So the Empress of Cassia has a great meaning to her, I also paint […]
dear gabreella please please write another book i have nothing to read and enjoy in the summer when i don’t have one of yourbooks, Thomas
Hi Gabriella,My name is Ebony.  How Are you? I have just finished reading The garden of Empress Cassia and I am doing a book report on it which is due tomorrow, (arrrrgh) and I am not nearly ready for it. I really liked the Garden of Empress Cassia.  You are a very talented writer (as […]
Dear Gabrielle, my name is Imogen and i am nearly 11 years old.i love your books, especially The pearl of tiger bay.i also have The Garden of Empress Cassia. i have 2 guinea pigs, 1 called GP and 1 called Ginger,who is extremely FAT!!!!i like the way you create characters, such as Mimi.
My name is Esther and i am in Year 6. My background is South Korea and i also have a lot of pets. I have a dog called Blancer, four birds and a goldfish Gilbert.( My goldfish’s name frequently changes depending on the mood im in hehe) I just finished your book, ‘The Hidden Monastery’, […]
Hi Gabrielle, Thank you so much for the the inspiration you gave me at the Somerset Festival – your magic has certainly spurred me on! I just wanted to let you know that Gabriell and I have both finished reading The Garden of Empress Cassia.   What a gem of a book – I can certainly […]
This beautiful Tawny Frogmouth I saw on my walk the other day nesting in the branches of the oak tree outside my house. A few years
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 I know I’m a bit behind to post this illustration of a tiger. The Year of the Tiger seemed to go by so fast and now it is almost over. This is a card from my horoscope card series
Here are some illustrations from my first picture book Kalah, written a life time ago now around 1982. It never got published and looking back at it I can see why.
In a park in Shanghai, a lady paints characters on the paving stones. She uses only water. She is writing a poem. But in the summer heat, the characters evaporate almost as fast as they are written. The poem is simply for that moment and then it is gone.
Writing has been such a priority for me over the past 8 years that I have neglected the artist inside. And as we all know, if you want to get better at anything you need to practice, practice, practice.
As an ambassador for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge I will be appearing at
Sometimes I feel as if I’m on a giant ferris wheel and my carriage is stuck way up at the top. I’m looking down wondering when they’ll get the wheel moving again. Well, at the moment my carriage has finally touched the ground and while I can, I’m stretching my legs and writing this blog.
This time of year is a feverish time for all children’s authors. There is Children’s Book Week where schools request authors to give talks over the course
I have had a lovely four weeks working in my son and daughter’s old primary school. The grade 3 children have been a delight and are so so talented.
I am slowly working my way back through my books and making a book trailer for each one. Here is the latest teaser for A Ghost in My Suitcase.
me encanto tu libro el jardin de la emperatriz casia en este ,momaento lo estoy estudiando en mi colegio blaise pascal colombia
Dear Ms Wang, I’m Jemma and I’m writing to you because at school we have been doing some researching for a project on an author and I choose you. So far I’ve read 3 of your beautiful books,”Tiger Bay” rank 10/10, “Ghost in my Suitcase” rank 91/2 /10 and “The Lion Drummer” rank 91/2 /10. […]
I have been having an inspiring and fun time working with grade three students at my son and daughter’s old school, Auburn South Primary.
Last night I was on the stage at Booktalkers with two other YA authors, Kathryn Lomer What Now Tilda B? and Michelle Cooper The FitzOsbornes in Exile, Book 2 of the Montmaray Journals. Arranged by the Centre for Youth Literature for teacher librarians, the discussion centred around
In case you want to come along, I will be appearing at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Wednesday 1st Sept at 10am with Kate Forsyth, 11.15am with Kirsty Murray and solo on Thursday 2nd Sept at 10am.
I love Google Alerts because without it I wouldn’t have seen this great review of Little Paradise on ALPHA READER, MY SOLO BOOK CLUB. If only someone in the film industry would read the review too, it might just convince a movie producer to adapt the novel to screen. But that is purely wishful thinking on […]
I always find dialogue the hardest of all to write. Here is some excellent advice from Janet Fitch- A Few Thoughts About Dialogue
For those of you who maybe interested in making a DIY book trailer, here is how I went about it.
I received new copies of Little Paradise Audio book today from my publisher, which is always very exciting. But my excitement is often tinged with trepidation.
Last week I spent five days teaching a bunch of very talented teenagers about writing. They were truly inspiring to work with and their enthusiasm knew no bounds. They had given up a week of their holidays to do the workshop. About half wanted to be authors, the others didn’t know yet.
I have just received an ARC – that’s an advanced reading copy of Cath Crowley’s new YA novel Graffiti Moon. I can’t wait to read it.
Last year, I worked with a group of students from migrant and refugee backgrounds in a series of creative writing workshops at Maroondah Secondary College.
“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light. I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it […]
When I was studying graphic design at RMIT, I majored in photographic design and one of my dreams at that time was to become a movie director. I even made a short film for one of my assignments which was centred around a chessboard. If it sounds familiar my heroes were Bergman, Fellini and my […]
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac is very much a traditional tale. It begins ‘‘Long ago in Ancient China’’ and ends ‘‘And that is why, to this very day, cats have hated rats’’. It tells the tale of 13 animals who race across a river to decide which animals will become part of the Chinese Zodiac, which has only 12 categories. Gabrielle […]
I returned from the Sunshine Coast hinterland with a tick in the top of my head.
No dandelions growing around where I’m staying but Catsears are prolific and just as good to eat. Catsear and dandelions make great salads. In Chinese medicine dandelions are cooling and work to detox the body.
“But the Kelvar can flee or defend themselves, whereas the Olvar that grow cannot. And among these I hold trees dear” (from Tolkein’s Silmarillion) Spending a week in an elegant place within beautiful surroundings is the perfect medicine for writing. You can’t waste a moment, especially if you are paying for the privilege.
Thank you to everyone who commented and asked questions on The Age newspaper website blog about my chapter in the MS Readathon competition.
I went to Shanghai in search of Mirabel, the character in my latest novel, Little Paradise. I walked the winding tree-lined streets of the old French and International concessions and pushed through the crowds of Nanjing Road and the Bund.
I have just returned from a trip to Shanghai and Nanjing presenting books gifted to Shanghai and Nanjing libraries by 49 Australian children’s authors.
Being a writer of children’s fiction has its benefits in the age race. When I’m writing a novel, I inhabit the mind of my young protagonist. At the moment I’m 11, going on 12 which
I have heard time and time again from friends, acquaintances, even strangers, how wonderful my mother is. She has this strange effect on people. When she leaves the room people make this comment. But it wasn’t until my mother broke her wrist and I had to take her to the hospital, that I discovered why.
Kate Forsyth talks about the inspiration behind her new fantasy novel, THE WILDKIN’S CURSE which will be released in May. It just goes to show that when you have a story to tell, even a little newborn babe cannot stop the flow of words and ideas.
I finished the Stieg Larsson books the other day and have to say I rather enjoyed them. It took a little while to get used to the Swedish names and I felt The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The longer I write the more I feel like the woman in the famous 1964 Japanese movie ‘The Woman in the Dunes’. This film has haunted me ever since I first saw it years ago as a teenager. One of the lines in the film is ‘Are you shovelling sand to live, or living to […]
I love reading spooky stories but not before I go to bed. My imagination is a little too overactive. SHORT AND SCARY is a a small book but it’s packed with 216 short stories, poems and illustrations by some of your favourite authors and illustrators. Carole Wilkinson, Shaun Tan, James Roy, Andy Griffiths,
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has just announced its Shortlist and Notable list. I was very pleased to learn that  A Ghost in My Suitcase was named a Notable Book.
I am lucky. I have a house that stands on a hill so I can lie in bed and see trees and sky and the horizon. I can talk to the birds in the daytime. And the bats flying passed my window at night. I can see the stars turning.
This waffle recipe is the best I’ve tasted. I think it’s the oats that make all the difference. They are light, crunchy and so delicious.
I love this review of Little Paradise written by Australian journalist and author, Helene Chung. Her book Ching Chong China Girl is published by Harper Collins. 
I interviewed Sally about how she went about illustrating THE RACE FOR THE CHINESE ZODIAC.
I received these photos in an email from a friend this morning and I had to share them. Some were taken immediately after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. The earthquake occurred in the area where the pandas live.
On my walk I heard a cricket sing. I looked ever so carefully at a small patch of garden. And found a dollar coin. In the Fitzroy Gardens where ancient trees breathe, I spied a small hole high up in a trunk.
My mind must be very open at the moment because I am highly susceptible to the power of suggestion. Two separate incidents have occurred in the past week which most of you will say is sheer coincidence but I call it uncanny.
I had a lovely time at my book launch for Little Paradise. It was held at Hutong Dumpling Bar in Melbourne. The decor is old Chinese, the perfect setting as it mirrors
This is a very short post. I just wanted to mention that Little Paradise is going into its second reprinting already! This is music to my ears. Normally people celebrate with chocolate, but I don’t like chocolate except chicken mole which is Mexican chocolate chicken. So instead, I bought myself a tub of Maggie Beer’s […]
WARD SAGAR You are invited to join us with Gabrielle Wang on Friday the 12th of March at 5pm. Where she will be launching her new book Little Paradise. Her other books include Garden of Empress Cassia, Pearl of Tiger Bay, A ghost in my suitcase and her new picture story The race for the […]
This afternoon we had the most amazing hail storm I’ve ever seen. Great balls of ice, some as big as baseballs, rained down from the sky. My neighbour’s windows were smashed, our house is leaking like a sieve. All towels and buckets are in use. Here are 3 beauties my son picked up from the […]
Today I discovered that perfection was like watching a beautiful butterfly. It is there but for a fleeting moment.
I had two radio interviews today. One was good. The other was bad. One was in a studio. The other was from home on the telephone. The bad interview was like speed dating. That was the one in the studio. Not that I’ve been speed dating mind you, but the premise is the same – […]
If you haven’t seen this Youtube clip already, here it is. Pretty Cool.
Two other children’s authors released their beautiful new books today. Jaguar Warrior by Sandy Fussell And Toppling by Sally Murphy. I can’t wait to read them.
My new Young Adult novel Little Paradise hits the shelves today! It’s always a wonderful feeling to know your book is all grown up and out on its own. It’s also tempting, when out shopping, to pop into a book shop to see if your new book is there. Little Paradise has had some great […]
My sister-in-law, Allison is a wonderful cook and cake maker. This time, she made a tiger cake for the launch of The Race for the Chinese Zodiac. It had a lovely tiger face surrounded by marzipan grass and stripey insides of chocolate, but you’ll have to wait until we cut the cake to see that […]
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Tiger people are sensitive and brave. They like to joke around and can be lucky with money but they also have short tempers and often stand up against authority. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. You can read the story about the zodiac in […]
It’s good to be able to spread myself out. This is the beauty of being on a writing retreat and I am treasuring every moment. At home, my writing room is cramped and dark. When I began writing 10 years ago, I used the corner of our bedroom, so it’s not necessary to have a […]
I am still on the surfcoast at Lorne editing my novel. Yesterday was the anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday bush fires which swept across Victoria last year. I am sure everyone in this state remembers exactly where they were on that day when the temperature soared to an amazing 46.4 °C (115.5 °F). It was a […]
My picture book The Race for the Chinese Zodiac came out yesterday. I’m down on the south coast working on my next series of novels so I visited the local bookshop to see if they had it in stock. To my disappointment, but not my surprise, they didn’t. Then later, as I passed the secondhand […]
Are you a perfectionist? Do you ruminate over every sentence, every paragraph? Are you all blocked up? I used to be one of these people. It’s kind of like being constipated with words. I couldn’t go on until I had written and rewritten a paragraph at least five times and then, when I returned to my […]
Our street is lined with beautiful 80 year old oaks whose arms reach proudly skywards. But of late, their leaves have drooped, their dark grey limbs appear wrinkled, brittle and dry. The drought Melbourne has been experiencing over the last few years has had its effect on all the beautiful big trees in this city. […]