Kate Walker


Hi, I'm Kate Walker.

I live in Australia and I've been writing since 1977. Mainly I write fiction for Children & Young Adults, but I've posted a few adult short stories here as well.

I also taught Creative Writing for 20+ years and I’ve published three booklets of classroom exercises that offer a whole new way of teaching writing. Please see: https://katewalkerwriter4children.com/creative-writing-booklets/

My books have figured in the Australian Children's Book of the Year Awards, the American Library Association Best Book Awards and the Australian Human Rights Awards.

Please visit me at:
www.katewalkerwriter4children.com - & - www.katewalkeraustralia.com

Where to find Kate Walker online


A Christmas Wind in the Willows - Children's Play
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
A Play for Children. 20 minutes. One act. Three speaking parts and a group of carol singers. It’s Christmas and the Water Rat has bought an extra-special present for himself. But no present for Mr. Toad. Mole is dismayed. Christmas will be ruined! Or will it?
Love Letters
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Nick is new to love but he’s won the affection of the fabulous Fleur. He’s the envy of the boy’s locker room. But everything has its price and Fleur’s price is love letters. If Nick truly loves her, he’ll declare himself on paper. In this very short, wacky story Nick learns some basic truths about letter-writing, and about himself.
Terrible Terrible - a Vietnam Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Liz meets a charming young man on a bus. He's Vietnamese and a student. And his serene smile belies the story he has to tell and the life he has fled. A true short story from the 1970s about the unexpected consequence of struggle and survival.
Write Better With Word Images
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 15,050. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / language arts
Help your students write better – like real writers – with simple yet magical Word Images. No pre-class prep. Just open the book and read. After 2 introductory lessons, students are guided to produce whole stories brought to life with Word Images, Similes and Figurative Verbs. Devised by an author who taught creative writing for 20+ years.
Lesson Plan - Letters of a Convict Girl - Grades 4-6
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Reading skills
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Week-long Lesson Plan in Story & Language Assessment using the text 'Letters of a Convict Girl - Age 11' by Kate Walker. ~ Questions on content, language use and text interpretation. ~ Letter Writing Model and Task. ~ Suitable for classroom and home schooling.
Rory, My Brother
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
It’s hard to live with some people, and harder to live without them. This story is based on a real family I meet some years ago. Their plight touched me, not least of all that of the older brother. Because the family tried to protect him, he seemed farthest removed from the unfolding tragedy. But there was no protecting him from the fact that sometimes, unfortunately, love hurts.
Step By Step Stories - A New Approach to Writing
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
(5.00 from 1 review)
A totally new way to Teach & Learn story craft & creative writing. Exercises honed in the classroom by a well-published, professional author. For Teachers - Home Schoolers - Young Solo Writers. No pre-class prep. Open the book & read. Sample download will give you the intro, plus Exercise 1 to trial. Students love this approach. It makes them feel like real writers.
Writing Enrichment - The Basics of Good Creative Writing
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 19,980. Language: Australian English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
(5.00 from 1 review)
NOT another book about coming up with ideas for stories, but how to actually WRITE them! These exercises are crafted around the specific process whereby students learn to write. (See introduction.) Low stress for teachers & students alike. No pre-class prep. Open the booklet & read. Also suit homeschoolers. A radically new approach, originally developed for students with learning difficulties.
No Bullies No Way
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,950. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Educational
How do you deal with bullies? Two cool kids at different high schools find themselves confronted by very different types of bullies, and for both it’s something that’s never happened before! Surfer Mitch & mountain-biker Sue exchange very personal emails on matters at their various schools, matters fast spiraling out of control. How can bullies be halted?
First Time, First Love, and Segovia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A story of first-time love and intimacy. A young girl chooses the man to initiate her into the joys of adult love. But chooses him for his music and not himself. Alone with him, she finds herself not as ready as she thought she’d be. He's a rogue without disguise, and far from a romantic figure. But he's also a man in touch with his own soul. Contains adult content.
Always There's Omens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A story of insight and loss. A mother, jack-knifed out of reality by the pending death of her only son, begins to see the world differently. Suddenly there’s signs and meaning everywhere – signs that explain the inexplicable, uplift and furnish hope. But are these signs real? Is she reading them correctly? Can anything truly spare her the grief that's now just a phone call away?
The Man Who Loved His Wife
Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
William Scott married Zara O’Mear, a dying girl who was considered ‘unfit for marriage’. Though friends and family advised against it, William saw in her what others failed to see. And Zara likewise saw in William what all others could not begin to understand. Theirs was a love both of this world, and beyond the worldly. A love story about the marriage of two souls. Contains adult content.
Letters of a Convict Girl, Age 11
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
At age 11 Rosie O'Brien is sentenced to 14 years in prison and transported to the other side of the world – the far Colony of New South Wales. In this wild place she has only herself to rely on. Her letters home record the trials, hardships and miracles that befall her. Somewhere in this God forsaken land is her convict father, but is he alive? Based on actual convict experiences.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,910. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
How do you know if you're gay? Peter, a 15 yr old dirt-bike rider, suddenly needs to find out. Plagued by the usual teen hang-ups about sex, Peter spends an unplanned afternoon with his brother’s friend, David. David is tall, good-looking, immaculately dressed … and gay. A second encounter sets Peter off on a frantic search within himself. A deeply personal look at a boy’s awakening sexuality.
The Dragon of Mith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,440. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(4.00 from 1 review)
Prize-Winning fantasy novel to make you laugh. And bite your nails! For readers 7 to 70. A dragon arrives in the town of Mith, and everyone takes fright and runs! Except a young girl, Krissy, who thinks to ask the dragon why he's come. Slowly she discovers some amazing things about him. And about her town! A funny dragon story full of secrets and surprises.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kate Walker

  • No Tears For My Father on Nov. 26, 2013

    Wow! I sat up late into the night to finish this book. I couldn't tear myself away. 'No Tears For My Father' is an extraordinary story written by an extraordinary woman who not only survived abuse at the hands of a monster, but has written about it with an honesty that often times stops your heart. Few people could have been as candid as this author. She lays herself bare, making us privy to the physical abuse she endured for thirteen years. But this book is far more than a memoir. The narrative builds like a well-handled work of fiction in which all the main characters develop and grow. At each stage in the drama their motives are revealed or questioned by the author. Most compelling for me were her insights into herself. We observe first-hand her see-sawing emotions, hopes and despair. A remarkable book. A beacon for others emerging from that same dark, terrible place. And a triumph for the author who has survived, and more.