Midnight and Simpson and his Donkey

Introducing ... Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood

Frané Lessac is an author and illustrator with over forty children's books published throughout the world. She was born in New Jersey and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and later London, before moving to Australia. In 2010, Frané was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature. She was the inaugural Regional Advisor SCBWI Australia West and joined the National Year of Reading 2012 initiative as a State Ambassador. Her contribution to Amnesty International’s “We Are All Born Free” celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been translated into more than 30 languages and an USBBY Outstanding International Book. She is married to children's author, Mark Greenwood, and they have collaborated on many children's books including;  “Simpson and his Donkey” and “Midnight – the story of a light horse”. Frané constantly visits schools, libraries and festivals in metropolitan, rural and remote communities sharing the process of writing and illustrating, books empowering both children and adults.      

Frané website: www.franelessac.com

Mark Greenwood is an author with a passion for history. His award winning books have been published and honored internationally. 

With his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, Mark has produced work that promotes an understanding of diversity, such as Drummer Boy of John John, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure and Our Big Island. Mark has twice received the West Australian Premier’s Award for “The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef” and “The Legend of Moondyne Joe”.  Recent titles include “Ned Kelly and the Green Sash”, “Midnight – The story of a light horse” and “Simpson and His Donkey”, a CBCA Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

“Jandamarra”, illustrated by Terry Denton, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award. Their new collaboration is “Boomerang and Bat”.

Mark’s website: www.markgreenwood.com.au

Simpson and his Donkey
ISBN: 9781925126419
Author: Mark Greenwood
Illustrator: Frané Lessac
Walker Books Australia
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Book of the Year Children’s Book Council Honour Book Kirkus Review Best Books 2008 Kirkus Books Starred Review CBC NTSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books 2009 West Australia Premier Book Awards – Shortlist 2008 CJ Korean Book Awards Shortlist
2011 Sakura Medal Shortlist

A poignant account of the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli.

When Jack Simpson was a boy in England, he loved leading donkeys along the beach for a penny a ride. So when he enlists as a stretcher bearer in World War I, his gentle way with those animals soon leads him to his calling. Braving bullets and bombs on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Jack brings a donkey to the aid of 300 Allied soldiers – earning both man and donkey a beloved spot in legend. This engaging nonfiction tale includes a map and brief bios of key characters. The heroic story of one man and a donkey. Backed by detailed research, the text includes a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli and also the little known story of how, without realising, he rescued his childhood friend.

ISBN: 9781921529627
Author: Mark Greenwood
Illustrator: Frané Lessac
Walker Books Australia
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WAYRBA Awards 2015 Shortlist
Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Notables 2015

A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.

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