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Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid's literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go. Ellie's short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. "Every Breath" is her first novel for young adults.
Praise for "Every Breath" "Readers will be elated to find out that a sequel is on its way from Down Under. A smart, contemporary take on a timely classic that is sure to please Sherlock aficionados of all ages." - "Kirkus Reviews" "This story is, in part, a homage to Sherlock Holmes and follows all the traditions of a whodunit. However it's also a tale of a friendship and developing romance of two grieving teenagers ... the author develops the characters into authentic, sympathetic individuals while keeping the mystery sustained and the plot moving forward. This is a well-written novel that should satisfy confident, thoughtful readers...." - "School Library Journal" "Fans ... will appreciate the many twists and turns that come before the final show-stopping reveal ... the Melbourne setting is vividly conveyed, including a realistically diverse cast of teen and adults. Strength of family and friends is a strong underlying theme, and the romantic tension between Rachel and Mycroft sizzles on the page. Inventive and unusual, this will appeal to readers with a taste for darker stories." - "Booklist" Praise for "Every Breath" "[A] well-paced murder mystery involving a boy with a past, a country girl who hates being in town, two culturally diverse refugee teens and a down-and-out with his throat cut. A clever, insightful exploration of homelessness and identity--and a darned good yarn." -- 50 best children's books 2013, "The New Zealand Listener "." . . Rather than Holmes and Watson we get Mycroft and Watts. . . . As they are pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding Dave's murder, they also discover a growing attraction to each other, so like all good stories about death it's about love too. Mycroft and Watts are fast-talking, flawed, bright characters. The writing is pacy and engaging but doesn't shy away from darkness." --" Australian Bookseller & Publisher"