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Cath Crowley is an Australian author of romance, young adult, and children's books.

She studied radio production and literature at the university before working as a teacher of English for a while.

Some of Cath’s awards include: the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for Graffiti Moon (2010); the Ethel Turner Award for Young People's Literature; the 2017 Indie Book Awards Young Adult Fiction of the Year for Words in Deep Blue (2017), which also won the Gold Inky Award 2017 and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Cath currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria.

More about Cath Crowley

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Born: 1971



Non Series

  • A Little Wanting Song (2005)
  • Graffiti Moon (2010)
  • Take Three Girls (2017)
  • Words in Deep Blue (2017)

Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain

  1. The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain (2004)
  2. Gracie Faltrain Takes Control (2006)
  3. Gracie Faltrain Gets it Right (2008)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

A Little Wanting Song

"A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords..."

CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely unspectacular.

ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.

Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose's "little wanting song" is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.

NB: This book is also known a Chasing Charlie Duskin.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0375854491
Publisher: Ember
Graffiti Moon

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city.

He's out there somewhere - spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night - and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life.

But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0375871955
Publisher: Ember
Take Three Girls

Three authors. Three appealing and relatable characters. One smart YA novel about a trio of unlikely friends who team up to take down the school cyberbully.

“Mean stuff spreads so fast. One click. Post. Send. Share. Online bullying = sometimes suicides, so all the private schools have strategies for dealing with it. At St Hilda’s, it’s Wellness classes. We greeted the idea with genuine enthusiasm. Why not? Everyone loves the chance to slack off.”

Popular Ady seems cool and confident at school, but at home her family is falling apart. Brainiac Kate wants to pursue her dreams of playing music, even if it jeopardizes her academic scholarship. And swim champ Clem finds herself disenchanted with the sport . . . and falling for a very wrong boy. When these three very different girls are forced to team up in a wellness class, they’re not too pleased. But over time, they bond—and when they’re all targeted by PSST, a website that dishes out malicious gossip and lies, they decide to take a stand, uncover the culprits, and fight back. But can they really fix a broken system?

With each girl’s story told by a different author, as well as intriguing questionnaires from the wellness class included throughout, this empowering novel explores today’s most relevant topics— from cyberbullying and fat shaming to drug abuse and financial stress.

NB: Co-authored with Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1742612744
Words in Deep Blue

Two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope - and letters hidden between the pages.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family's bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city - and to the bookshop - to work alongside the boy she'd rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can't feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side - surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages - they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it's possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1101937679
Publisher: Ember

Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain

The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain

STAR (noun): any large body like the sun, intensely hot and producing its own energy by nuclear reactions SOCCER STAR (noun): Gracie Faltrain

Goal-kicking, super-girl, soccer star. Gracie Faltrain is on her way. To the National Championships. To Nick. To everything she's ever wanted. Or so she thinks. Gracie's about to find out that life is messy. And hard. And beautiful.

There's a shadow falling across her mum and dad. Her best friend is about to leave town. She's trying desperately to be with the right boy, on the edge of falling in love with the wrong boy. She's rushing headlong into screwing up, making up, trying to keep it all together. Welcome to the life and times of Gracie Faltrain.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0330364560
Publisher: Pan Australia
Gracie Faltrain Takes Control

To win a little you have to risk something. To win big, you have to risk it all.

Gracie Faltrain is back and she couldn't be happier. Her team won the Championships, she scored a few goals and a boyfriend, as well.

Just as she's settling down to a new season of soccer, the stakes are raised. Coach has entered the team in the Firsts – a boys only league. To prove herself, Gracie has to fight harder than ever before. The other teams will do anything to keep her out of the game, and if she makes it, they'll do anything to see her lose.

But Gracie is sick of losing. She's sick of seeing friends, like Martin and Alyce, unhappy. Gracie decides it's time to take control and even the score for everyone, on and off the field.

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0330422291
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Gracie Faltrain Gets it Right

As Gracie begins Year 12, she has only one thing on her mind, and it's not school work. It's not even Martin, now that he's dumped her for the third time. It's soccer: a new season, a new team, a new league. This is the big time, the state trials, and Gracie can't wait. Except there's one small problem. She's no longer the biggest fish in the pond, and one of the other players is the cousin of her arch enemy, Annabelle Orion.

Gracie wants to get it right this year, but everything seems to be going wrong – she hardly has time to see her friends, Martin won't talk to her, and she's falling even further behind at school.

Gracie needs help both on and off the field, but when it shows up, it is not from the person she expected...

Author: Cath Crowley
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1760784287