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Karen Foxlee was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in 1971. After training and working as a nurse for most of her adult life, she graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005, in creative writing. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Wings, was originally published in 2008, by the University of Queensland Press, and has since been published in the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and Canada.
She lives in Gympie, Australia.
Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | When Lenny’s mother wins an instalment encyclopaedia, she and her younger brother Davey are drawn into the wonderful things they find there. They need an escape from home life in 1970s USA particularly as Davey is facing a huge problem. This complex endearing book twists readers through many emotions with warmth and honesty.
October 2014 Debut of the Month The Marvellous Boy has been a good companion to the King. But, when the King marries the evil and wintery Queen, his life is changed forever. The Marvellous Boy is locked up in a huge museum where he remains undiscovered until Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, a girl who only believes in scientific explanations, visits with her father. Luckily, Ophelia puts her scientific doubts to one side as she comes to the rescue of the lonely boy who has a very big mission to play in life. A Piece of Passion from Sarah Odedina, Managing Director How lovely it is to read a book with a truly wonderful and plucky heroine. Someone who doesn't find it at all easy to be heroic but who rises so wonderfully to the challenge when faced with the plight of someone such as the Marvellous Boy. How wonderful to read a book with family at its heart and about the importance of caring and taking responsibility. And how delightful to read a book that is simply, so beautifully told. Karen Foxlee's voice is perfect. She is serious and sombre and playful and clever and in this small but perfectly formed book she has written a classic story that makes a reader feel courageous and brave and just a bit clever when reading it. It is a small gem of a book that will take a big place in the heart and imagination of those who read it.