Michael Gerard Bauer was born in Brisbane. After completing an Arts degree and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland, he taught at schools in the Brisbane–Ipswich region before resigning in 2000 to pursue his dream of being a full-time writer. His first novel, The Running Man, was CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) in 2005 and shortlisted in the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the SA Festival Awards for Literature. The German edition won the Katholischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis and was shortlisted for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis readers’ section award. The Italian edition was shortlisted for the Premio Centro di Letteratura per Ragazzi in 2009. Michael’s second book, Don’t Call Me Ishmael!, was also published in other languages and shortlisted for major awards, winning both the Children’s Peace Literature Award in 2007 and the SA Festival Awards for Literature in 2008. Since then, Michael has completed a trilogy of Ishmael novels, two books for younger readers and the very popular Just a Dog, which was Honour book in the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. His most recent titles are Eric Vale Epic Fail, Eric Vale Super Male, Eric Vale Off the Rails and their spin-offs, the Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale series, all of which are illustrated by his son, Joe Bauer.
Michael still works extensively in schools, but as a visiting writer. He blogs here and has a Facebook author page.
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