Jackie French

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For the U.S. author, see Jackie French Koller.
Jackie French
Born Jacqueline Anne French
(1953-11-29) 29 November 1953 (age 60)
Sydney, 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

Jacqueline Anne "Jackie" French (born 29 November 1953) is an Australian author. She has written well over one hundred books, chiefly children's fiction and books on gardening. Her novels Hitler's Daughter and To the Moon and Back have been awarded the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers and Children's Book of the Year Award: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books respectively. Some of her other books have received CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award honours and have been shortlisted for the prizes.


Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane. She moved to the bush in her early twenties and settled at Araluen, near Braidwood. She is a keen gardener and presented gardening segments on the TV series Burke's Backyard.

She began writing Rain Stones, her first book for children (having previously written only gardening books), when she was 30, hoping to get enough money together to register her car. At the time, she was living in a tin shed with a black snake named Gladys and a wombat named Smudge. One hundred and thirty-two books later, she is still writing and is often dubbed Australia's most popular children's writer. Jackie makes frequent appearances on radio and television.

Jackie French is also known to be dyslexic.


French is known for her ability to write stories for children in fiction genres. One of her most famous books is acclaimed Hitler's Daughter, which won the 2000 CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers. Her latest novel, Pennies for Hitler, is her third historical fiction novel about World War II, the other two being Soldier on the Hill and Hitler's Daughter (for which Pennies for Hitler is a companion novel).

Some of French's other well-known works, include Rain Stones (1991), Somewhere Around the Corner (1994), her first historical fiction novel, and Diary of a Wombat (2003), a picture book with illustrations by Bruce Whatley.



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