Samantha Wheeler
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Samantha Wheeler worked with farmers and taught science before turning to writing in 2011. Packed with animals and adventure, her children’s books which include Smooch and Rose, Spud and Charlie, Wombat Warriors and Turtle Trackers, have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Wilderness Society Environmental Awards.
 
Samantha’s novel Everything I Never Said is based on her experiences of having a daughter with Rett Syndrome, a rare condition which has left her unable to talk or communicate. This inspiring book addresses a subject rarely tackled – young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.
 
Passionate and engaging, Samantha loves to share her passion for conservation and animals with students and hopes her stories will inspire everyone to make a difference.
 
Talks:
 
Discover how Samantha went about researching and writing her younger reader novels including Mister Cassowary, Wombat Warriors and Turtle Trackers and how she used every day experiences to spice up her writing. Grades 2-6
 
Imagine being trapped inside a body that won’t walk, can’t talk and refuses to do anything you want it to do? Hear how Samantha went about capturing her daughter’s voice to create a fictional story about empathy, understanding and triumph. Grades 5-12
 
Click on the session links below to book to attend Samantha's talks. Bookings open on 26 April 2019.