Jackie French
Jackie French

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Name: Jackie French
Occupation: Young Adult Author
Gender: Female
Birth Day: November 29, 1953
Age: 67
Birth Place: Sydney, Australia
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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Jackie French

Jackie French was born on November 29, 1953 in Sydney, Australia (67 years old). Jackie French is a Young Adult Author, zodiac sign: Sagittarius. Find out Jackie Frenchnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


Her 2002 picture book Diary of a Wombat was designated an American Library Association Notable Children's Book.

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Before Fame

Before publishing Rain Stones, her debut work of children's fiction, she penned several nonfiction books on the subject of gardening.

Biography Timeline


French was born Jacqueline French in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane. Her parents divorced in 1967, and when her mother changed her surname from Ffrench to French, Jackie also did. In her early twenties she and her first husband moved to Araluen, near Braidwood, where she now lives with her second husband Bryan Sullivan. They have turned their property into a conservation refuge for the area's rare and endangered species.


In 1996, her sister Wendy vanished. She is presumed dead but her body has never been found. In 2003, Wendy's husband committed suicide during an investigation into his wife's disappearance.


Her book, Hitler's Daughter, has been made into a stage play by Monkey Baa Theatre Company. It toured Australia in 2012 and in the United States in 2013. The play won the Robert Helpmann Award in 2007, the Drover Award in 2007 and the 2006 Drover Special Panel Award.


Monkey BAA also turned her book Pete the Sheep, created with Bruce Whatley, into a musical, which toured Australia in 2014.

In 2014, she was awarded the Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University children's Book Award and the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Notable Award for Refuge, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Award in two categories – Children's and Community Relations. Her book The Road to Gundagai, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards, and short-listed for the 2016 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Her novels Hitler's Daughter and To the Moon and Back have been awarded the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award in 2000 and 2005, and Pennies for Hitler won the 2013 New South Wales Premier's Young People History Award. Hitler's Daughter also won the UK Wow! Award, a Semi Grant Prix Japan Award and is listed as a blue ribbon book in the USA.

One of her more popular books, Diary of a Wombat, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, has been translated into 23 languages and is the only picture book to win the Australian Book Industry Award. It was also on The New York Times bestseller list. It has also won numerous awards including the 2002 Booksellers Choice Award, Canberra's Own Outstanding List Award for Best Picture Book (2003), 2003 KOALA Awards, Best Picture Book, The Children Book Council of Australia Books I Love Best Yearly Award (2008), the 2003 ABA/AA Nielsen Book of the Year Award, 2003 American Library Association, Notable Book title, 2003 USA Cuffie Awards, Favourite Picture Book of the Year and Funniest Book, 2003, 2004 USA Benjamin Franklin Award, 2004 USA Lemmee Award, 2004 USA KIND Award and the 2007 Kids Reading Oz Choice Favourite Book Award. French was the 2014-15 Australian Children's Laureate and was a finalist in the 2014 Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature Award.


She was awarded the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016, French was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to literature as an author of children's books,and as an advocate for improved youth literacy. In 2016 she received the Australian Book Industry Awards Pixie O'Harris award.

Family Life

Jackie was raised primarily in Brisbane, Australia. Jackie and her husband, Bryan Sullivan, later settled in Australia's Araluen valley.

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Currently, Jackie French is 68 years, 8 months and 19 days old. Jackie French will celebrate 69th birthday on a Tuesday 29th of November 2022. Below we countdown to Jackie French upcoming birthday.


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