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Karen Casey

Karen Casey is a journalist and author from regional Victoria. She worked for newspapers around Australia and in Northern Ireland, freelanced for lifestyle and industry magazines and wrote and studied fiction every moment in between. Karen’s first adult fiction manuscript was longlisted for an Australian Vogel Literary Award. She has since published a children’s book, The Extraordinary, Unordinary Gum Tree, which raises money for Australian farmers facing hardship. The second book in the series is called The Extraordinary Tom Fink and was published in late 2019. In the adult literary world, Karen has released The Misadventures of the Travelling Quirkus, a humorous memoir about a chaotic outback road trip with her family. 

“Oh. Oh dear,” a croaky voice said. “You’ve brought someone with you. You never said you were bringing guests today children. Oh, dear me. Look at the state of me. Look at the state of the tree!”

Bea and Bertie looked to the ground and saw a great round wombat fussing around the bottom of the tree. His wiry hair was all in a tussle and his lovely pink nose was smudged with dirt from pushing fallen gum nuts into a pile.

This is no ordinary gum tree. In fact, it’s quite extraordinary. And better still, it’s a secret for only kids to know.

Join Tom, Nelly, Bea and Bertie as they explore nature in a way no one has before, turning some of its challenges upside down. Welcome to the magical world of The Extraordinary, Unordinary Gum Tree…


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