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.
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; KOALA Honour Book 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 folowed: The Case of the Really REALLY Scary Things and The Case of the Really REALLY Magnetic Magnet.
In May 2016 the YA comedy The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me was released. It was short-listed for the 2017 WAYRBA awards. Michael’s first picture book Rodney Loses It! illustrated by Chrissie Krebs was published in September 2017 and won the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Award in the early Childhood category as well as the Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year in the 3-5 year category. The sequel Rodney Forgets It! was released in 2022.
Michael’s most recent publication is a YA novel entitled The Things That Will Not Stand. In 2019 it received the Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult literature and was included in the 2019 WHITE RAVENS LIST – an annual selection of children’s and youth literature from around the world. The German language version Dinge, die so nicht bleiben können was released in 2021 to enthusiastic reviews and the German audio version was awarded the Children’s and Youth Audiobook of the Year on the hr2 audiobook list.
These days Michael is a full-time writer. His books are currently sold in over 42 countries including the USA and UK and have been translated into 12 languages. They are widely set as school texts and Michael 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 he has visited the American community School in Abu Dhabi (2012) and spent three weeks at schools in Southern China (2006. See Blogs 87 and 88). 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.
Michael can be found on:
FACEBOOK at Michael Gerard Bauer Author and
INSTAGRAM at mgbauerpics
TWITTER at m_g_bauer