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February 2018

At last Cinnamon’s second adventure has been published. Here’s the front and back cover. Once again the great illustrations were created by Kat Chadwick.

Kat’s website is: http://kat-chadwick-0oa9.squarespace.com/

Ghost Light is distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates and will also be available from Booktopia and The Book Depository. An ebook is almost ready. To read the first pages, click on Cinnamon’s blog under the heading BOOKS.

Two book launches are planned. The first is on April 10th at Belgrave Library and the second on April 12th at Traralgon Library. Traralgon is the nearest city to Walhalla, the old gold-mining town in Gippsland where much of the book is set. I always like to have young readers involved in my launches – after all they are who the book is written for. In Traralgon two schools are enthusiastically organising students to participate. I am presently searching primary schools in the Dandenong Ranges to find Grade 5 and 6 students who would enjoy being part of the Belgrave launch.

So What’s Ghost Light About?

When Cinnamon’s Year 7 class has an excursion to Walhalla, trouble-maker Showy Daniels dares her to visit the out-of-bounds graveyard at night. It’s a dangerous place. Showy ends up unconscious with a wound to the back of his head. His friends blame Meera, one of Cinnamon’s besties, for the ‘accident.’

To stop Meera being bullied Cinnamon must discover exactly what happened to Showy AND solve the mystery of a haunted theatre (Cosette, Cinnamon’s other best friend, thinks she sees a ghost when she is auditioning for a part in Macbeth – the play about murder. And witches. And ghoooosts!!!).

While the main plot follows Cinnamon’s investigation, subplots deal with bullying and the nature of friendship. Like Crime Buster, it is a fun, mystery/detective story aimed at readers aged 9-12.

The ISBN number is 978-0-646-98111-6. RRP $17.99.

Here’s an interview “Cinnamon” did with Just Kids Lit recently:

#InterviewByBook with Cinnamon Stevens by Pauline Hosking

And some nice comments about the book: http://lornahendry.com/projects/ghost-light/




Yesterday morning I had an email from one of the girls who attended my Belgrave writing workshop. She chose to dress up as my character Cinnamon Stevens for a Book Week event at her school. I went singing about the house all day!

Have just come back from a fabulous trip to Sri Lanka. Yes, that is me in the pic with a python wrapped around me. I had managed to climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock and was feeling pretty invincible. Saw lots of elephants during the trip, water buffalo, mongeese (mongooses?), monkeys, spotted deer etc. – but even though I spent EIGHT HOURS in a jeep on safari I did not see a leopard. The highlight was attending the Kandy Festival, an amazing procession full of whip crackers, fire throwers, dancers and elephants. It happens for two reasons.  One is to petition the heavens for rain. The other is to show reverence to the tooth relic of Buddha, which was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century. The tooth (or a copy) is enshrined in a jewelled casket and carried by a tusker elephant (see the third picture).

Up to the umpteenth rewrite of Cinnamon’s second investigation. On advice from an editor I am changing it all into present tense. The book is called Ghost Light and concerns graveyards, ghosties and the eerie play Macbeth!


Ran two school holiday creative writing workshops. One was at Belgrave for the Eastern Regional Library service. The topic was Evil Villains and Super Heros. The second was at Glen Waverley for the Monash Library service. No limit to the numbers for this one and I gave 19 young people hints on How to Create a Crime. Really enjoy these days as they put me in touch with the thinking (and humour) of the age group I am writing for.


Delighted to learn that one of my plays for children – Two Gun Tess, Pride of the West had been accepted for publication by the New South Wales School Magazine. And they pay!

For a list of my other plays available for children (and adults and teenagers) go to the Plays section of the menu at the left of this page.


Cinnamon Stevens Crime Buster has been included on the 2017 Premiers Reading Challenge booklist for Grades 5 and 6. Amazing! Really pleased.

A new review of my first book, Crime Buster, has just been posted on GlamAdelaide. The reviewer, Leanne Caune, gave it a score of 80% for fun. She wrote: This story allows the reader to try to work the mystery out as the clues are exposed and will be a treasured item in a young person’s book shelf. I would recommend this book for young people between the ages of 9 and 13. It is also written in a way that young people struggling with reading skills will be able to read with relative ease.

For the full review go to: http://www.glamadelaide.com.au/main/book-review-cinnamon-stevens-crime-buster-by-pauline-hosking/


 Over Easter 2016 I was knee-deep in book launches for Cinnamon.The first was at the Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island and included was a fun presentation from Kim Dunstan, the Nature Park’s Education Coordinator, about little penguins. Then two primary school students conducted a Q and A session with me.

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The second was at Belgrave Public Library on Saturday 9th April. This one was advertised through Eastern Regional Libraries. It was fully booked (we had people standing at the back) and I sold out of copies of the book! This time we teamed the launch with a breakfast/brunch because one of Cinnamon’s says is: ‘A good breakfast is the best start to a day’. I was interviewed by a student from Mater Christi College who did a great job.

pauline and audiencePauline and Samanthame reading

The final launch was at Emerald Secondary College library. The panel interviewing me consisted of a primary student and two Literacy Leaders from the secondary school. The school library bought four copies!




Read Cinnamon’s Blog under Books on this site. You might like to try some of her breakfast recipes too!
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You can buy a copy of the book for $17 by going to Payments on this site. Paperbacks available from The Book Depository, Booktopia, Dennis Jones Distribution and good bookstores. An ebook can be downloaded from
Apple (itunes.apple.com/au/book/cinnamon-stevens-crime-buster), Amazon and Port Campbell Press (portcampbellpress.com.au)
The book is reviewed by:
Magpies Vol.31, Issues No.1, March 2016
I’m interviewed by Sally Odgers on Promote me Please : http://tinyurl.com/PHCSCB
in Buzz Words, Issue 221, April 1st 2016
and by Romi Sharp http://www.justkidslit.com/interviewbytheme-with-pauline-hosking/