facebook: Michael Gerard Bauer Author
“Hi there! Thanks for dropping by.”
“Running Man” is my obligatory birthday present for my sisters, friends …..and what do they tell me? “It was wonderful, but I was crying so much……”. So I have to give them strong medicine: Ishmael! And what’s happening: they’re still crying! Thank you Michael, for making us shake with laughter!
Hope for more! Gisi, Germany
Thank you so much! That is a lovely email to receive. I love the German editions of my books. Carl Hanser does a wonderful job. I hope I get the chance to visit Germany again before too long.
I remember when I was in Grade 9 and we had to read ‘Don’t Call Me Ishmael’ and write a monologue from the point of view of one of the characters. I loved the book so much that I was a bit starstruck when you came in a gave us a writing workshop! I found ‘Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs’ a while afterwards and thoroughly enjoyed that too!
Now it’s about 2 and a bit years later and I am just about to start Year 12 (tomorrow actually), and I found ‘Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel’ at the library and I was so excited! I just finished reading it and I really hope my last year can be as exciting as Ishmael’s!
Thank you so much for writing such inspiring and hilarious books!
Thank you so much for that lovely message and for taking the time to follow Ishmael and the rest of the gang right through to their last day. I really loved writing about those characters. They all seem very real to me and it was a sad day when I had to say goodbye to them. If you’re interested there is a facebook page for the Ishmael series atThe Ishmael Series – Michael Gerard Bauer
Good luck with the first day of Year 12 tomorrow. I’m assuming your school is in Brisbane somewhere so I hope you haven’t been flooded out! Anyway be sure to make the most of your final year and particularly treasure the friends that share the journey with you. Friendship was always the key theme for me in the Ishmael stories. Oh and remember to laugh a lot and don’t be afraid to celebrate your ‘reverse cool’.
hi michael. i love all of u r books. i am a student of year 8. We just got a new project about the book Dont call me Ishmael” We have to do 4 thematic concers about the book. I already got 3 : freindship, bullying and team work. Can u help me by telling me one more thematic concer? I know u r the one who know best about this book obviouly!!!!
I’m guessing you mean ‘thematic concerns’. I like the ones you’ve come up with. To add to those I’d go for something like ‘the power of language’ or maybe ‘self-image or identity’. Good luck with the project.
how are you?
We are going to read ‘ Don’t call me Ismael ‘ at school, i have to make an important presentation at school, with the topic ‘ Michael Gerard Bauer ‘ . I wanted to ask you for some special information for my presentation. Why do you like writing books for youth?
Is Ismael like a real person for you ?
Please answer me :)
Yours Eva-Maria , Germany :)
I write the books firstly for myself. I write about youth because it is a time where experiences are new and emotions are strong. Good luck with your presentation.
Sorry for the slow reply. Hope it’s not too late. I have been busy doing a lot of travelling around Australia. In answer to your first question, it’s more that I like writing books about youth because it’s a time of new experiences and heightened emotions and discovering who you are. Ishmael and his friends are very real to me. As real as anyone I taught when I was a school teacher.
I’m from Germany and I really enjoyed reading the Ishmael-books.
I also have the German audio-books and now I want to read and hear it in English.
When I searched on amazon for an English audio-book version there were no hits, so I wanted to ask if there are audio books in English or not?
So pleased you’re enjoying the Ishmael Series. A number of people have had trouble finding an English audio version. I think the problem was the company making them changed. Try here: http://www.wavesound.com.au/genre/don-t-call-me-ishmael.html The company is called Wavelength.
Let me know how you get on.
Good afternoon Michael,
We have been loving your two Eric Vale books here at Kingsgrove Public School (near Sydney, NSW). There is one year five class inparticular that’s loving books 1 & 2, and gasping to know will there be a third book in the series and when?
The youtube trailer is great too.
Thank you and keep writing,
Thank you for writing. I’m so glad to hear that your Yr 5s are enjoying the Eric Vale series. Say Hi from me and Joe and tell them that the third book Eric Vale Off the Rails has been written and illustrated and it will be coming out before the end of the year – hopefully August. In the story Chewy thinks their new replacement teacher is an alien … and maybe she is. Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale also finds himself battling some very weird alien creatures as well as evil Doctor Evil MacEvilness!
My son in year 7 has to study Don’t call me Ishmael next term and because he does learning support his teacher suggested we get it on Kindle and for him to listen to it during the holidays. However I feel that the kindle reading is very robotic and may spoil the book. Do you know where I can get the audio book? Everywhere I look online it says it’s no longer available.
Try here: http://www.wavesound.com.au/genre/don-t-call-me-ishmael.html
I still remember the day when I selected to read “Don’t Call Me Ishmael” out of the pile of books that my year 10 English teacher brought with her in case people “forgot” to bring their own books to read during compulsory reading time. I was expecting it to be a typical young adult fiction like all the other books that I have previously read but somewhere along the way I was so intrigued and glued to each and every character of the book that I just couldn’t not stop reading and ended up buying a copy the next day. Almost 3 years later and studying in first year university I happened to reunite with Ishmael all over again as I was scanning my list of books that I can read to pass the time. This time the effect of this book was more everlasting as I experienced something new which I hadn’t felt reading this before. It was nostalgia. I was suddenly remembering all the outrageous things I did with my other classmates and the closeness we shared that had strengthened over time due to being confined in a small area with other hormone ravaged teenagers for 6 years. And I never knew that there were sequels! Like you said in you interview, I thought there was only the one book. I went straight to my library yesterday and finished both books in 1 day (not a great feat since I’m an 18 year old reading young adult fiction) and along their journey I was reliving some of mine as I could relate to Ishmael and his gang on many levels. And at the end of “Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel” where Ishmael is sitting in the seat, I am not afraid to say that I shed a tear or two (I’m going to say it was because of laughter). I truly miss high school life even though it has only been 7 months since, not because of an easier workload (though I do miss that too) but because of all the memories of teachers and students that I have kept with me over the years which I will never forget. So I thank you for writing such an amazing trilogy where the laughter never stopped from page 1 and If I am ever bored again, which I shall be in the foreseeable future, I just might revisit St. Daniel’s Catholic College.
P.S. No chance of any other sequels? (Haha)
What a lovely post to receive! Thank you so much for taking the time to write that.
Like I indicated in the dedication to Hoops of Steel, I have a special place in my heart for readers who have made the full journey with Ishmael and the boys from first day to last, like you have done. I’m so pleased you found it worth the time and effort. I like your description of school life as being ‘confined in a small area with other hormone ravaged teenagers for 6 years.’ That about sums it up doesn’t it! No wonder strong friendships and strong memories are the result.
Mir I’m not afraid either to say that I shed a tear at different stages writing the last book (and the others as well). The scene at the end where Miss Tarango says goodbye to each of the boys still gets to me because it’s like me saying goodbye to good friends who’ve shared a chunk of my life and who’ve brought a lot of joy along with them.
Once again, thanks so much for writing and all the best with the Uni studies.
I’ve been a fan of your work for years and have also been fortunate enough to sit in on a few of your talks. I just wanted to drop by briefly and thank you for the effort you put into your writing, both in your books but also on this blog. I find that blogs can be a bit hit and miss, so when I find one that speaks to me, is fun and quirky, intelligent and compelling, I get really excited! Thanks for writing such terrific books, creating fun blogs, and being so respectful of your young (and not so young) audience. All the best,
Thanks Sib I really appreciate those comments. Sorry that the blog are very irregular though. I’m trying to get them out more consistently but am often caught up with writing and school visits.
Hi Michael, I have only just discovered you as my 10 year old son desperately wanted me to buy Eric Vale Epic Fail at his school (Gregory Terrace) book week. Turns out (small world that it is), that I stayed with Helen in Strawberry Hill back in 1992 – I’ve just sent her an email which hopefully she’ll forward to you. My 8 year old has also enjoyed Eric Vale Epic Fail and the 10 year old is reading Don’t call me Ismael – I look forward to them enjoying more of your works.
hi im majok can u tell wat did u think of ur books and which one is the best.
All my books mean a lot to me otherwise i wouldn’t have spent so much time and effort writing them. As for the best? I think I’ll let the readers decide that. Thanks for writing.
Dear Michael Gerard Bauer,
My name is called Abel.
At my School’s Library I found a book called ” Don’t Call me Ismael”, On the bottom of the
book I saw it is by Michael Gerard Bauer. So I read the book and it was really nice. I am still reading Part 3 of the story. Maybe if I am older I will be an author.
Do these faces ;) :), And bye for now.
Abel Gerald Brassido Pasaribu
Thank you. I hope you do become an author if that’s what you want!
Hi Michael I really like your Ishmael book series, do you know where i can buy a set of all three books(with matching covers) for cheap???
Alexander Keith Marshall Ingleby
Sorry for the slow reply.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the Ishmael series. The books themselves are not sold as a set, so you would have to buy them individually. For the Australian edition the matching covers would mean the colourful cartoon ones. You might get a cheap deal online. There are also UK editions of the three books with great covers although they are some slight changes to the text for the UK market.
Hope that helps.
My year 5/6 class is currently reading your novel and are thoroughly enjoying it. I was wondering if the book is available as an audio book? if so where can i get it from?
Do you mean Just a Dog? If so, there’s no English audio version available. There is a German one but I doubt that will be much use to you! Say Hi to your 5/6 class from me.
Dear Michael Gerard Bauer,
My name is Arnav.
I recently finished reading the ‘Don’t call me Ishmael’ series. I have to say that they were by far one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed reading them. I was also wondering whether there would be more books as part of the series, because I am really hoping there will be.
I really enjoy reading your work.
Thank you for that. It’s great to hear you enjoyed the Ishmael books. At the moment there are just the three books and I think that might be it. I think the story ends when the characters leave school and maybe go their separate ways. If you check back through my blogs you will find that I have posted a couple of extra scenes that I wrote that weren’t included in the third book Hoops of Steel. There is some chance I might be writing an Ishmael story for my German publishers which would come out in ebook form. But unfortunately unless you’re fluent in German it won’t be of much use to you! So for the moment I’d say that it’s just the three books. Sorry. Thanks again for taking the time to write. The Ishmael series means a lot to me and I loved writing it.
My son will be reading Don’t call me Ishmael as part of his year 8 English list. Francis is dyslexic so each year I
Purchase the audio version of the book to give him a head start before he begins school..
My challenge is I can’t seem to find a copy of he audio anywhere.. I have looked wide and low..
Can you make any suggestions of where I can look please?
Thank you for your help.
A few people have had this problem and contacted me. The company that first produced the audio version ceased operating and another one took over called Wavelength. Try this link. http://www.wavesound.com.au/genre/don-t-call-me-ishmael.html
If you have no luck there, local council libraries should have a copy or should be able to get one in for you.
Let me know how you get on. And say hi to Francis for me. I hope he enjoys the book.
My son is asking every day to order Eric Vale: Off the Rails however it appears to not be available anywhere in Canada or North America. I can only find two Australian online stores that sell the book however they don’t ship to Canada. Any estimated time for a North American release?
Scholastic Canada are publishing the first two titles in the Eric Vale series but I’m afraid I don’t know a release date.
I wouldn’t think it would be too far away though. They did make a couple of slight changes to the text/illustrations but that was done last year. I checked to see if there was anything about it as an upcoming release on the website but there’s not. Maybe you could inquire with them directly.
Thanks for your interest in the book and please say Hi to your son from me. If you have the time, let me know if/when you eventually get your hands on a copy.
Hi, I’ve just finished reading the book “Just a dog”. Thank you so much, It was the best book I’ve ever read! I smiled, laughed and cried when I read the book, today on the beach. I just wanted to say that “just a dog” is an incredible, lovely book, and now it is my Favorite book :-)
-A 14 year old girl from Norway :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to write and for those incredibly kind comments. I have a special place in my heart for JAG as some of those stories were based on real events that happened to dogs I had as a boy.
You are the very first reader from Norway to contact me!
I am an Australian student currently attending year 9. We have read your book ‘Don’t Call Me Ishmael’, It a great novel and has been written very well. We now have to write and perform a monologue from one of the characters point of view. I think it will be a great task to work on since it is such a great book.
Thanks for those generous comments. I hope the monologue goes well. I take it you’re more confident than Ishmael at public speaking!
Hi, we are doing a class assignment on ‘don’t call me ishmael’ our task is to recorded a monologue/vlog from one of the characters in your novel. My chosen character is Razza and I was just wondering if you, in your own words could describe razza’s personality and looks. By the way our whole class is loving the book so far! Thank you
Sorry for the slow reply I’ve been doing some interstate visits and haven’t caught up with the blog for a while. I’m probably too late to help with the assignment but I think you can work out Razza’s personality pretty well from the book. (Hint: he’s not that shy and retiring.) As for his looks, I’ll leave that up to you fill in but there is some description in the text.
Good luck with the assignment. I hope you and the class continue to enjoy the book through to the end. (Plus there are two sequels if anyone is interested in following Ishmael and his friends through to graduation day in Year 12.)
I just wanted to thank you for the Ishmael books! I’m maybe not the target age, (I’m writing a PhD!) but I don’t think that’s relevant, I love the world you created and the characters have become good friends, good company to revisit at tough and solitary times away from home. It means a lot too that you clearly care about including characters from lots of different backgrounds and experiences.
I wanted to ask – I can’t see Eric Vale for sale in English on the Amazon UK site, should it be there? I can read German and French, but having started with the Ishmael series in English I’m used to your voice in that language!
Thanks so much again, really, they are smashing books,
Thanks so much for those lovely comments. I wrote the Ishmael story for me really so I’d like to think anyone could be the target audience. Those characters were good company for me too during the writing.
The Eric Vale series has been sold to quite a few countries (including Germany where he’s known as Rupert Rau) but not to the UK. I’m sure you could order the Australia version through Book Depository. What is your home country/language if you don’t mind me asking?
Thanks again for the positive feedback. Much appreciated.
Hi Michael, thanks for your kind response, it’s exciting hear back! I’m British-Ukrainian, but studying at a university in Switzerland at the moment (my research even involved picture books, tangentially: http://blog.chrishaughton.com/a-bit-lost-in-the-siberian-ket-language/). And I totally agree – for all my favourite books the idea of a ‘target age’ seems like almost an alien concept; great stories and characters stay great stories and characters whatever age you are!
Ah, OK, I’ll try the Book Depositary for Eric Vale, that’s a good idea. I’m really looking forwards to seeing it, a graphic novel! Thanks so much again, Michael.
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