Phil Kettle is a prolific children's author who specialises in encouraging reluctant readers. He found phenomenal success with his first series TOO COOL, which ran to 34 books. He followed up with BOYS RULE, GIRLZ ROCK and BILLY COOL, each series more successful than the last. The underlying themes of his writing are individuality, freedom of thought and positivity. Phil credits his upbringing on a farm outside Mildura and lots of sport as a youngster for his own positive outlook. Phil is currently writing a series called OUR AUSTRALIA for Australian Geographic. He passionately believes that Australian kids need to learn about their country and Australian themes. Phil lives in Melbourne and travels extensively doing literacy workshops for school children.