Sherryl’s first children’s book, The Too-Tight Tutu, was published in 1997, and she now has more than 45 books in print. Her other titles include a number of Aussie Bites, Nibbles and Chomps, and novels for upper primary – Tracey Binns is Trouble and Tracey Binns is Lost. Her YA novel, Bone Song, was published in the UK in 2009.
Sherryl’s verse novel Farm Kid won the 2005 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for children’s books, and her second verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!) was an Honour Book in the 2008 CBCA Awards. Other recent titles include Motormouth, One Perfect Pirouette and her picture book of poems, Now I Am Bigger.
Pirate X is a long-time passion of Sherryl’s. She has been working on it for more than ten years, and in that time has published a range of other pirate stories. The Littlest Pirate series (Aussie Nibbles early chapter books) has five titles in it – The Littlest Pirate and the Stinky Ship is due out in 2012 from Penguin Books Australia. Three of these have been made into picture books. Her fantasy novel, Pirates of Quentaris, was published in 2006.
Many of her books have been published in Australia and overseas. A brand new middle grade mystery, Dying to Tell Me, will be published by Kane Miller USA in September 2011.
Sherryl teaches in the Diploma of Arts – Professional Writing and Editing at Victoria University TAFE. Her website is at www.sherrylclark.com, and she also has a site about children’s poetry (with teacher resources) at www.poetry4kids.net