Michael Gerard Bauer was born and lives in Brisbane Australia. In 2000 he resigned from his full-time position as an English/Economics teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.

In 2004 his first YA novel The Running Man was published to great acclaim. It subsequently won the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers and was short-listed for the NSW, Victoria and South Australian State Premiers’ Literary awards.

In 2008 the German translation of The Running Man was short-listed for the German Youth Literature Prize and won the German Catholic Children’s and Young People’s Book Prize. In 2014 it was short-listed for the Prix Farniente in Belgium. In 2009 the Italian translation of The Running Man was a finalists for the “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cento” Prize.


Mainz Germany 2008.

In 2007 his second novel, a ‘laugh out loud’ comedy entitled Don’t Call Me Ishmael! was short-listed in both the CBCA awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and won the 2007 Children’s Peace Literature Award and the 2008 South Australian Festival Award for Children’s Literature. It was also included in the 2007 White Ravens selection for Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. Its sequel Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs was a 2008 CBCA Notable book. The final book in the trilogy Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel and was released in July 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.

Michael’s other books include, Dinosaur Knights a 2010 CBCA Notable Book described as ‘an original and adrenalin-pumping adventure’, You Turkeys! an illustrated chapter book, part of the Scholastic Mates series for early readers, and Just a Dog which was named Honour Book in the 2011 CBCA awards in the Younger Readers category and won the 2011 Queensland Premier’s award for best Children’s Book.

Recently Michael has written a series of three humorous books for younger readers: Eric Vale Epic Fail; (Bilby Award Winner 2014) Eric Vale Super Male; (CBCA Notable Book 2014) and Eric Vale Off the Rails (Selected as one of the 2013 GET READING 50 Books You Can’t Put Down). The books are fully illustrated by Michael’s son Joe who as well as being a talented artist is an amazing young film-maker and along with his wife Rita Artmann make up Artspear Entertainment.  Joe made the trailer for Eric Vale Epic Fail.


The first of spin-off series from the Eric Vale books Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale: The Case of Animals Behaving Really REALLY Badly came out in July 2014. You can see Joe Bauer’s trailer here. Two other Derek Dale action adventures The Case of the Really REALLY Scary Things and The Case of the Really REALLY Magnetic Magnetic have now been released.

These days Michael is a full-time writer. His books are widely set as school texts and he is in high demand for talks and workshops at schools and Festivals around Australia. He has also enjoyed three very successful visits to Indonesia as a Writer in Residence at the Jakarta International School (2007 and 2008) and the British International School (2008) as well as the American community School in Abu Dhabi (2012). In 2010 Michael was one of the guest authors at the White Ravens International Children’s and Youth Literature Festival in Munich Germany and in 2012 he was invited to the Edinburgh Writers festival.


In the Writers Yurt at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2012.


Edinburgh Book Festival Bookshop.


Edinburgh Book Festival

Michael’s books are currently sold in over 42 countries including the USA and UK and translated into 12 languages. He can be found on Facebook at Michael Gerard Bauer Author and The Ishmael Trilogy.

22 Responses to ABOUT

  1. Megan Daley says:

    MGB…so impressed with your blog!!! Did you REALLY make it yourself??? I thought ‘The Running Man’ would always be my MGB favourite…but after reading ‘Just a Dog’ twice now, I think it might have won…

    • mgbauer says:

      All my own work! I surprised myself a little.
      Thanks so much Megan. When I was first asked who I thought the book was for I said ‘I’m not sure. Maybe just me.’ So it’s really lovely to hear when someone else likes it too.

  2. Pat Flynn says:

    This is a blog from someone with too much time on his hands. Much too professional looking for my tastes…
    Well done MGB.

  3. Angela Sunde says:

    I finished Just a Dog a couple of days ago and it has lingered like a warm hug. I had been warned to have tissues ready, but I managed without. I thought the whole story was tenderly handled and it brought me closer to my childhood memories of the dog I loved. Thanks for that, Michael.

  4. Hi Michael Only met you once at Govt House but your words gather round me like time honoured friends. Fantastic site. But I didn’t pay much attention to the look. Love your words…you obviously don’t spend much time ironing. Dimity

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Dimity. Thanks so much for dropping by and for those generous words. I hope that comment about ironing wasn’t in response to the state of my clothes!

      • Never! Just an observation that perhaps you are one of the clever ones who spends less time on domestic ‘unnecessities’ and more on word weaving. Unless of course you can multi task!

      • mgbauer says:

        Please don’t mention the idea of me multi-tasking to my wife. I hate it when she laughs hysterically.

  5. Ah, so you are aided by a competent other whilst I merely have a husband. Always a little hesitant to use those two ‘m’ words in the same sentence; they rarely work well together. (I mean Male and Multi task not Michael). Will miss tomorrow night’s Book Links meeting (again) unfortunately but Denise, Beth and Jenny all well aware of my affinity for the odd glass of red so please indulge on my behalf. You may wish to remind them. For me to do so repeately would be reckless.

  6. sophie says:

    My class has read 2 of your books so far they are loving it thanks.

    • mgbauer says:

      Thanks Sophie. That’s great to hear. What year level do you have and what have they read?
      Please say hello to them all for me.

  7. charlotte says:

    i am reading just a dog am am up to chapter 15 mr mosely’s mysteries and I love it so far it is such a great book and nearly cried thankyou for the great book

    • mgbauer says:

      Thank you so much Charlotte. I’m really glad that you’re enjoying Just a Dog. I know there are some sad things in the story but I hope that reading it will be a positive experience overall for you. Thank you for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it. Cheers Michael.

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  9. Jellico says:

    I just read Just a dog and it was a great story.I would love to have a dog like that.

  10. josh says:

    how do you get your ideas i need it for a school project please

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Josh
      Ideas can come from anywhere. In Eric Vale, some of the stories are just made up completely and some are based on things that have happened to me or that I’ve read or seen or heard about. Sometimes they start off as real life events but then become changed and exaggerated to make them funnier.

  11. Jennifer Lambert says:

    Have just used The Running Man (all time Favourite) with my Year 11s. You would be impressed with the depth they were able to come up with. Each and every one of them loved the book which is unusual. I love it and I guess I am able to enthuse them as well. Am just starting Just a Dog and am looking forward to another ‘can’t put it down’ book.

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Jennifer
      Thank you so much for taking the time to send that feedback. I have visited a lot of schools over recent years where my books have been used and I know only too well how much of a difference an enthusiastic and passionate teacher makes to the success of a set text. As an ex-English teacher myself it’s wonderful to hear that the book went went with your class. Please say Hi to them all from me.
      Just a Dog has had some lovely reviews but it is a book that divides some people over whether they think the content is suitable for certain age groups. I saw a review from one lady in America who said the book was going ‘straight in the fire’! Although she did admit that her son didn’t share her ‘concerns’ with the book.
      Thanks again for writing and I hope you can find a place for Mr Moe, and his broken family, in your heart.

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