HARRY'S SECRET - pubished by Scholastic in 2015

Harry really wants to enter one of his deadly sketches but he’s not convinced it’s the smartest thing to do.
And what if he actually wins? What will that mean to him as a skateboarder and one of the lads?
And will Gav ever speak to him again?

Harry has a secret. He loves to draw.

You wouldn’t think that would be a problem but Harry’s friend Gav thinks skateboarding, footy and fishing are cool and art is definitely not.

But when Harry enters the local art competition, his talent is no longer hidden. Or is it?


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"Harry’s Secret is an upbeat novel for junior readers. Harry and his friends are funny, warm-hearted and energetic, always on the go and looking out for each other. Harry’s dilemma is one many kids will relate to – whether it’s an artistic talent or some other hobby or ability that they fear being teased for." Aussie Reviews (read full review here!)


"This book is made outstanding by virtue of its sincerity and warmth, its honest portrayal of life in a small town and its inclusion of old and new histories." Reading Time (read full review here!)


Get your copy here:

Scholastic direct




MATTY'S COMEBACK - released 2016


Go, Matty! Go!’ Matty’s mum screams at the top of her lungs from the back of the grandstand. ‘Carn, Matty, run like the wind!’

Matty scores his second try of the day. He has shone since they moved him from centre to fullback. The South Eastern Seagulls are playing the Redfern Razorbacks and they have been competition rivals forever. They need to win this game to get into the semi-finals.

Matty loves rugby, and is the South Sydney Rabbitohs No 1 fan. He’s also the star scorer in his own local team and knows he can help his team to the semi-finals and beyond.

Funny, fresh, fantastic new fiction from award-winning author Anita Heiss.





"Perfect for any kid who loves rugby, Matty’s Comeback is also a great story about family, friends and overcoming obstacles." - Aussie Reviews (red full revew here!)


"It’s an enjoyable book and should do well in primary school and public libraries.' - Reading Time (read the full review here!)


Rugby League-Themed Books for Children - by Tessa Wooldridge



Get your copy from:

Scholastic direct


KoboBeachside Bookshop


KICKING GOALS - released 2016


FREE delivery of book to anywhere in Australia direct from the publisher - click here!


Purchase from:




David Jones (nationally)
Riverbend Books (Brisbane)

Readings (Melbourne)

Kiss Library (North America)




It's the year 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel and her family are heading to Sydney on an unforgettable journey to Corroboree 2000, bringing together all Australians as they celebrate Australia’s Indigenous heritage and acknowledge past wrongs.

Readers: Middle/Upper Primary.


Read more at School Essentials.


Teacher's Notes are available here!


Q&A with Anita Heiss on the Kids Bookshop Blog



"I imagined it would be a book about role models and identity – about a young Indigenous girl, Mel Gordon, who is inspired by Cathy Freeman to aim high and take gold one day, literally. Knowing a little of Heiss’ other writing, I should have realised it was going to be so much more." School News (read full review here)


"...this book is a must read for tweens and the perfect read-aloud in middle years classrooms." - Reading Time, CBCA (read full review here!)


"... an unforgettable journey to Corroboree 2000, bringing together all Australians as they march and sing and celebrate Australia’s Indigenous heritage and also acknowledge past wrongs.' School News (read full review here!)


Purchase from:

Avid Reader (Brisbane)
National Library of Australia bookshop

QBD nationally

Readings (Melbourne)


Angus & Robertson


Anita is constantly touring... to see where you can get your autographed copy, click Upcoming Appearances.