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Catherine Jinks (born 1963) is an Australian writer of fiction books for all age groups. She has won many awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award four times, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Aurealis Award for science fiction, the IBBY Australia Ena Noel Encouragement Award, the Adelaide Festival Award, and the Davitt Award for crime fiction.
Jinks was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and grew up in Papua New Guinea where her father worked as a patrol officer. She went to Ku-ring-gai High School in Sydney, where the library was named after her in 2007.
- 1996 winner Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers – Pagan's Vows
- 1997 co-winner Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel – Eye to Eye
- 1998 winner Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers – Eye to Eye
- 2001 winner Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers – You'll Wake the Baby
- 2006 winner Davitt Award — Best Young Adult Book – Evil Genius
- 2009 winner Davitt Award — Best Young Adult Book – Genius Squad
- 2014 winner Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers – A Very Unusual Pursuit
- Austlit - Catherine Jinks(subscription required)
- Cohen, J. (1993). An Interview with Cathy Jinks. Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia, 37(1), 9-10.
- Masson, S. (1995). An Interview with Catherine Jinks about Witch Bank. Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia, 39(4), p. 12