Penni Russon

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Penni Russon
Born (1974-12-27) 27 December 1974 (age 44)
Tasmania, Australia
GenreChildren's literature, young adult fiction

Penni Russon (born 27 December 1974) is an Australian writer of children's literature and young adult fiction.


Russon was born in 1974 in Tasmania, Australia.[1] Russon has studied children's literature at Monash University and professional writing and editing at RMIT University. She is a freelance editor and originally wrote poems.[2] In 2004 her first novel was published by Random House, entitled Undine.[3] Undine was a finalist in the 2004 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel but lost to Scott Westerfeld's The Secret Hour.[4] In 2005 she released the sequel to Undine, entitled Breathe which was published by Random House and in 2007 she concluded the Undine trilogy with Drift.[5][6] Breathe received a note of high commendation at the 2005 Aurealis Awards.[7] Russon has written two novels in the Girlfriend Fiction series and in 2007 she released Josie and the Michael Street Kids which was a finalist for the 2009 Children's Peace Literature Award.[8][9][10] She currently lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.[11][2] She currently releases stories on the online website Storybird and is a CP author there, under the name of Eglantine.


Undine trilogy

  • Undine (2004)
  • Breathe (2005)
  • Drift (2007)

Other novels

  • Josie and the Michael Street Kids (2007, part of the Aussie Chomps series)
  • Indigo Girls (2008, book 2 in the Girlfriend Fiction series)
  • Little Bird (2009, book 13 in the Girlfriend Fiction series)
  • Dear Swoosie (2010, with Kate Constable, book 17 in the Girlfriend Fiction series)
  • Only Ever Always (2011)
  • The Endsister (2018)


Aurealis Awards

Children's Peace Literature Award

  • 2009: Nomination: Josie and the Michael Street Kids


  1. ^ "About Penni Russon". Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  2. ^ a b "Penni Russon". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  3. ^ "Undine". Random House. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2005 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  5. ^ "Breathe". Random House. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  6. ^ "Drift". Random House. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  7. ^ "Aurealis Awards, previous years' results" (PDF). Aurealis Awards. 1995–2008. Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  8. ^ "Little Bird (Girlfriend Fiction 13)". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  9. ^ "Indigo Girls (Girlfriend Fiction 2)". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  10. ^ "Josie and the Michael Street Kids: Aussie Chomps by Penni Russon". Penguin Books. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  11. ^ "eglantine's cake:: Penni Russon". eglantine's cake. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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