I’m Pam Rushby and I’m a writer. When people ask me what I write, I usually say “Just about anything”.
- children’s books (fiction and non-fiction)
- young adult novels
- television, video and audio scripts
- short stories and freelance journalism
- radio and television commercials
Lizzie and Margaret Rose (Omnibus Books 2016)
London, 1940. Bombs are falling. Ten-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly air raid, but her family home is destroyed. Her parents are gone. In faraway Townsville in Australia, her aunt and her family are very ready to take her in – although eleven-year-old Lizzie is not so sure. But first, there is a long and dangerous journey to a strange country. Margaret Rose knows it’s not going to be easy. And Lizzie is not about to make it any easier.
Princess Parsley (Omnibus Book 2016)
Could there possibly be anything more absolutely, mega embarrassing than being named Parsley? You bet. Parsley’s dad decides to set up his own principality, making him Prince Kevin. And twelve-year-old Parsley … Princess Parsley of the Principality of Possum Creek. But it’s the way Parsley approaches being a princess that lands her in trouble with the Blondes – the mean girls – at school. And gets her own family seriously off-side. Will she ever get them back?
Sing a Rebel Song (Omnibus Books 2015)
It’s 1891 and one of the most dramatic events in Australia’s history is taking place in western Queensland: the Shearers’ Strike. The closest Australia ever came to outright civil war, when workers rebelled against the employment conditions laid down by landowners.
Twelve-year-old Maggie McAllister and her family are caught up in the struggle between unionists, the landowners and the government.
Torchlight protest marches and violent confrontations in the streets, woolsheds and property fired, the arrest of union leaders at gunpoint. Maggie plays a part in no small way herself. But her friends do not see things the same way, and for Maggie, singing a rebel song may have heartbreaking consequences.