Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, was released in 2018. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.
Townsend's world is both whimsical and familiar, her characters magical but relatable, and it's all cut through with a wickedly infectious sense of humour. Inventive, thoughtful, and an outrageous amount of fun - The AU Review on Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crowbig on imagination . . . Ideal fodder for kids who've read every Rowling book in sight. - Sydney Morning Herald on Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan CrowThe Trials of Morrigan Crow throws the reader headfirst into the quirky, "like-nowhere-you've-ever-been-before" world of Nevermoor. - Sunday Telegraph on Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan CrowFearsome, funny and original, it's requisite reading for fantasy lovers of all ages. - Libby Hathorn, CBCA Award-winning author of Thunderwith on Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow