Ford Street Publishing

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Ford Street is a successful small independent Australian publisher of books for children and young adults. We publish around eight titles a year, ranging from picture books through to novels and non-fiction for older readers. Ford Street’s publisher is renowned Australian author, Paul Collins, who has written extensively for both the local and international markets.

We have a strong presence in both schools and bookshops around Australia through Macmillan Distribution Services and INT Books. The latter is our exclusive NZ distributor. Off-shore readers are welcome to purchase our print books via our shopping cart at http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/index.php/ford-street-titles/books

Ford Street punches above its weight with critical acclaim in journals, newspapers and on the web.

Authors writing for Ford Street include Isobelle Carmody, Michael Salmon, Doug MacLeod, Sean McMullen, Justin D'Ath, Alyssa Brugman, James Roy, David Miller, Jenny Mounfield, Gary Crew, Hazel Edwards, Dianne Bates and Paul Collins.

Successes include short-listings in the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ awards and the Northern Territory Awards. In 2011, The Glasshouse became one of only four Australian books ever to be chosen for IBBY’s (International Board on Books for Young People) ‘50 Outstanding Books Exhibition’. This prestigious exhibition will be launched at the Bologna Book Fair in March. Trust Me Too, an anthology, has been chosen as a White Raven Selection and was also a Notable Book in the CBCAs.

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The Gimlet Eye: Quentaris, Quest of the Lost City Book 3
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 43,190. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
With the Archon dead, dark forces have come into play in the city of Quentaris. New faces are appearing, familiar ones vanishing, and the horrid Florian has claimed the throne. Then, as Quentaris slips quietly through a vortex into the watery world of the Yarka, Tab Vidler and her friends suddenly realise they are the city’s only hope. Plots, intrigue, magic, mystery, adventure and more!
F2m
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 66,580. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-female Chronic Cramps band. Making her name in the punk/indie scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. Transgender identity is more than injections and surgery, it’s about acceptance. With a little help from her mates and family, Finn is transitioning.
Gamers' Rebellion: Book Three of the Gamers Trilogy
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 45,610. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Tark and Zyra finally make it out into the real world ... but it seems like everyone has an agenda, and Tark and Zyra are to be the pawns in other people’s power games. They discover that kidnapped children have been wired directly into the mainframe. Will Tark and Zyra be able to free the children and save the characters within the game? Or will the Designers’ plans for world domination win out?
Gamers' Challenge: Book Two of the Gamers Trilogy
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 38,300. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Book 2 in the Gamers Series For Tark and Zyra, life was literally just a game, controlled by the all-powerful Designers. But then they broke the rules and life got a whole lot more complicated … and deadly. Pursued by a powerful computer virus they must locate the Ultimate Gamer with the help of some unexpected allies, and face their greatest challenge — finding a way out of the game …
Gamers' Quest: Book One of the Gamers Trilogy
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 33,660. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Tark and Zyra are teenaged thieves on a quest. In a world of magic and science, where dragons and mages exist alongside drones and lasers, they endeavour to reach the haven of Designers' Paradise. But their world is not what it appears to be and their haven is about to come under threat of destruction.
The Key to Starveldt
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 85,610. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The castle of Starveldt is waiting. Having escaped once from Sanguisidera, Solace and her friends travel to the Rookery. Magical and wild, the Rookery tests them all in preparation for the crossing to Starveldt. The threat of Lord Grief continues to grow; old betrayals, lies and secrets boil to the surface. As danger closes in, can they make peace? Or will the the Bloodkin triumph?
The Key to Starveldt
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 85,610. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The castle of Starveldt is waiting. Having escaped once from Sanguisidera, Solace and her friends travel to the Rookery. Magical and wild, the Rookery tests them all in preparation for the crossing to Starveldt. The threat of Lord Grief continues to grow; old betrayals, lies and secrets boil to the surface. As danger closes in, can they make peace? Or will the the Bloodkin triumph?
Solace and Grief: The Rare Book One
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 80,680. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Solace Morgan was born a vampire. Raised in foster care, she has always tried to keep her abilities secret, until an eerie encounter with a faceless man prompts her to run away.Solace soon becomes caught up in a strange, more vibrant world than she ever knew existed. But when the mysterious Professor Lukin takes an interest in her friends, she is forced to start asking questions of her own.
The Equen Queen
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 30,120. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Sequel to The Spell of Undoing. While moored to a new world Quentaris is approached by another sky-city. The sky-traders on board seem friendly and generous, offering the Quentarans food and gems, but are in fact setting a trap for Quentaris. What are the equens and can they really heal the sick? Despite losing her special powers Tab Vidler must find some answers fast, before all is lost.
Dead Dog in the Still of the Night
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 46,100. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
In the garage at the back of the family home sits Primo’s father’s pride and joy; a red Fiat 500 Classic. Bambino. It waits amongst the dust motes for Primo’s father to recover, to come out of his paranoia and delusions. It waits and teases, like nothing else can – least of all the demands of everyday life, for things to return to normal. And that isn’t going to happen any time soon . . .
Jamie Brown is NOT Rich
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 16,320. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jamie Brown and his family have no money. None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Nix. Nachos. Then, when a letter from the mysterious Barnaby Von Barnabus arrives, everything changes. The question is ... can the Browns handle their newfound fortune? Only time, and maybe the words in this book, will tell.
The Ice-cream Man
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 42,740. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
One summer afternoon three boys play a prank on the ice-cream man. This one decision sets into motion a chain of events that will forge a life-long bond, testing each boy as never before. Three boys united by fear and their need for friendship. Three boys united against the ice-cream man.
Crime Time: Australians Behaving Badly
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 38,780. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Law & Crime, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Australia & Oceania
Crime Time – Australians Behaving Badly is a collection of true Australian crime stories ranging from bushrangers such as Ned Kelly and Mad Dan Morgan through to serial killers, fraudsters and modern celebrity criminals. Crime Time contains details of the crimes, biographical details, portraits by Louise Prout and interesting trivia in Did You Know boxes.
In Lonnie’s Shadow
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 70,740. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
A group of teenagers in 1891 are struggling to make their way in a world that seems to be conspiring against them whichever way they turn. Lonnie McGuinness knows only one thing for sure – there doesn’t seem to be any fairness in life for him or his mates. So he decides to take matters into his own hands. But when does a favour turn into a crime? And when should a secret no longer be kept?
The Guardians: The Warlock's Child Book Six
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 17,280. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The final installment in the exciting fantasy series by two of Australia's popular fantasy authors, Paul Collins and Sean McMullen. Calbaras has knowledge that the dragons of Dracondas desperately want. As payment, they are willing to grant him his wish to become the greatest warlock of all time. But can Calbaras handle this power? Or will it ultimately destroy him?
Voyage to Morticas: The Warlock's Child Book Five
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Although Dantar is able to shapeshift into dragon form, he still thinks like a rebellious teenager. His sister Velza has been given the ultimate gift by the dragons of Dracondas – the mind of a dragon. Now they must combine their gifts to stop the most powerful warlock of all time from casting his doomsday spell.
Trial by Dragons: The Warlock's Child Book Four
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 16,670. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
It's hard to save the world when you are in jail. Dantar and Velza, children of the warlock Calbaras, need to escape from jails six hundred miles apart to stop their father unleashing a catastrophically dangerous spell. Both will soon learn that they are not just special, they are also very dangerous.
The Iron Claw: The Warlock's Child Book Three
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 17,700. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Not since Garth Nix and Sean Williams joined forces has there been such a great collaboration as Paul Collins and Sean McMullen! The warlock Calbaras wants to revive the ancient, forbidden magic of dragons, and his son Dantar is vital to his plans. Dantar is on the run in an enemy kingdom, unaware that he is so important. Worse, his sister Velza is now working for the enemy king.
Dragonfall Mountain: The Warlock's Child Book Two
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 16,110. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Invincible has been attacked, and all seems lost. Dantar’s only escape from his enemies is through the foul-smelling sewers of Savaria. Velza’s plans to save him are soon thwarted by three enormous dragons threatening to set fire to the city. Can Dantar and Velza deliver the city from danger?
The Burning Sea: The Warlock's Child Book One
Series: The Warlock's Child. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
There is no lower rank than cabin boy on the warship Invincible. But Dantar knows he is important, because anyone who threatens his life gets turned into a pile of ashes. His older sister Velza is a shapecasting warrior, in a world where only men fight. Until now. Together they must solve the mystery of broken magic and escape the dragon.
Monster School
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 51,380. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013 by Ford Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
PT, the Swamp Boy, is terrified. During his first class at Monster School, mafia goblins threaten to murder him. He is saved … by the meanest monsters in school. Now PT is really sweating. If the Dead Gang learns his secret, he’ll spin on a kebab stick before recess. Imagine what will happen if the dragon finds out!


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