Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail…twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write 25 books for children, including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm (Aug 2019). Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad, who, with a million other refugees, made the journey to Australia after surviving the devastation of WW2. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, were inspired by her love of words and her first picture book is, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes.

Deb has won awards for her books, including the Maurice Saxby Award, US IBBY award for Outstanding International Book and Best Book in Translation, Malta. Deb has been presenting in schools and festivals for over 18 years and loves getting kids excited about books, reading and writing.

The children loved your presentation, as did I! Jane Moore, Librarian Ardtornish PS, SA

Deborah engaged the students from the moment she was introduced. Librarian, Wooloowin State School, QLD

Today’s visit by Deborah Abela was one of the best Book Week activities I have ever attended. Yr 6 teacher, Wenona School, NSW

Coming Soon -

Final Storm (Grimsdon Part 3), 2019

Bear in Space, 2020

Published Titles

Wolfie - An Unlikely Hero, 2019, Penguin Australia

The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, 2018, Random House Australia

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, 2016, Random House Australia

2017 Australian Family Therapists Awards

Teresa: A New Australian, 2016, Omnibus Books

2017 WAYRBA (Western Australia Children's Choice Awards)

2017 Best Book in Translation, Malta

New City, 2014, Random House Australia

2015 Honour Book YABBA Awards

2015 Shortlisted KOALA Awards

Grimsdon, 2010, Random House Australia

2018 Shortlisted REAL Awards (Kid's Choice Victoria, NT, NSW, ACT)

2017 Shortlisted REAL Awards (Kid's Choice Victoria, NT, NSW, ACT)

2012 Shortlisted READ Awards (Kid's Choice Victoria, NT, NSW, ACT)

2011 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards

2011 Most Enthralling Junior Fiction Award, Kids Book Review

2011 Shortlisted Aurealis Awards

2011 Shortlisted REAL Awards (Kids Choice Victoria, NT, NSW, ACT)

Jasper Zammit, 2014, Random House Australia

Ghost Club,

Random House Australia

2013 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards

2015 Shortlisted REAL Awards (Kid's choice Vic, NSW, ACT, NT)

Max Remy, Superspy,

Random House Australia

2005, 2007, 2010 KOALA Awards shortlisted Best Series

2007, 2010 YABBA Awards shortlisted Best Series

2008 Angus & Robertson's Top 50 Kids' Books

2007 Shortlisted CBC Children's Choice Awards (USA)

2007 WAYRBA (Western Australia Children's Choice Awards)

2007 CROC Awards

2006 Annual Ellie Awards, (Madison Alabama, USA - Honor Book)

2005 Winner Gold Oppenheim Award, New York: Max Remy Part 1

2004 Australia Council Literary Grant New Work/Developing Writer

2003 Shortlisted Aurealia Awards: Max Remy The Hollywood Mission

2002, 2003 Winner of Read and Write Award by Vocaleyes Narrator of Audio Books