Lian Tanner

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Lian Tanner
Born (1951-03-17) 17 March 1951 (age 69)
Tasmania, Australia
GenreChildren's fiction

Lian Tanner (born 17 March 1951 in Tasmania, Australia[1]) is an Australian children's author who lives in southern Tasmania.[2]

Her book Museum of Thieves, the first book in the middle-grade Keepers trilogy, won the 2010 Aurealis Award for Children Fiction, was a Notable Book in the 2011 Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Independent Booksellers' Award and the Australian Speech Pathologists' Award, and was selected as one of the Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Books of the Year. It was one of the "50 Books You Can’t Put Down" in the 2011 Australian "Get Reading!" Campaign, and was named as a "White Raven" by the International Youth Library in Munich. Museum of Thieves is published in Australia, the US and India. It has also been translated into German, Turkish, Chinese characters, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Brazilian Portuguese and Bulgarian.

City of Lies, the second book in the Keepers trilogy, won the 2011 Aurealis Award for Children's Fiction.

In 2020 Tanner and illustrator Jonathan Bentley won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards for Ella and the Ocean.[3]


  • Rats! (2009)[4]
  • Ella and the Ocean, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley (2019)

The Keepers series:

  • Museum of Thieves (2010)[5]
  • City of Lies (2011)[6]
  • Path of Beasts (2012)[7]

The Hidden series:

  • Icebreaker (2013)[8]
  • Sunker's Deep (2014)[9]
  • Fetcher's Song (2016);[10] published as Battlesong[11] in the United States[12]

The Rogues series:

  • Accidental Heroes (2017)[13]
  • Secret Guardians (2018)[14]


  1. ^ "Tanner, Lian". Library of Congress Name Authority File. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lian Tanner: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  3. ^ Evans, Kate Evans (2020-04-26). "Novel celebrating Wiradjuri language wins Book of the Year at major literary awards". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  4. ^ Tanner, Lian (2004). Rats!. Lothian. ISBN 0734406606.
  5. ^ Tanner, Lian (2010). Museum of thieves. Delacorte Press. ISBN 9780385739054.
  6. ^ Tanner, Lian (2011). City of Lies. Delacorte Press. ISBN 9780385739061.
  7. ^ Tanner, Lian (2012). Path of beasts. Delacorte Press. ISBN 978-0385907705.
  8. ^ Tanner, Lian (2013). Ice Breaker 1. Allen&Unwin. ISBN 9781743314340.
  9. ^ Tanner, Lian (2014). Sunker's Deep. 2. ISBN 9781743435427.
  10. ^ Tanner, Lian (2016). Fetcher's song. A & U Children. ISBN 9781743319420.
  11. ^ Tanner, Lian (2018). Battlesong. Faber & Faber. ISBN 978-1250158710.
  12. ^ Tanner, Lian. "Are Fetcher's Song and Battlesong the same... — Lian Tanner Q&A". Retrieved 24 July 2018. yes, they're the same book. (comment by author)
  13. ^ Tanner, Lian (2017). Accidental Heroes. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781760293529. OCLC 999396579.
  14. ^ Tanner, Lian (2018). Secret Guardians. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781760293536. OCLC 1043087606.

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