K. H. CANOBI IS A WRITER OF FICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

 
 

WHO CAN YOU TRUST WHEN NOTHING IS AS REAL AS VIRTUAL REALITY?

 

 Eila is in the running to star in a global marketing campaign for a new virtual reality skinsuit. But a fierce battle is raging for control of her mind. Secrets and deceptions abound. Activists reveal a murderous plot. Then someone fills her head with a stranger's thoughts.

 

Who are Eila’s true allies? And how far will she go to protect innocent lives?

Longlisted for YA Davitt Award, Sisters in Crime, Australia

Distributed by NEWSOUTH BOOKS

Available in many Australian/NZ bookstores. Or order from:

 

Australia: AmazonAngus&RobertsonBoomerang Books, Booktopia, BooksDirect, Carnival Bookshop, Robinsonsbooks

New Zealand: Fishpond, MightyApe

 

Please rate/review MINDCULL on Goodreads

 

Mindcull cover art by KatArt Illustrations

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K H Canobi writes fiction for children and young adults. Mindcull is her debut novel. Prior to writing Mindcull, she worked as a cognitive scientist and university lecturer completing a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychology at The University of Melbourne, where she now holds an honorary fellowship. She is the mother of four young book devourers.

 

Reviews

"Mindcull is clever, with twists that feel organic and unpredictable. . . . Tech-savvy readers searching for sophisticated YA science fiction with a contemporary cyberpunk twist will find Canobi’s debut a must-read." Catherine Moller, Books + Publishing ★★★★☆

"Mindcull is a fast-paced, intelligent, high-concept science fiction novel that is completely impossible to put down." Marie Alafaci, Magpies Magazine

"Pacy, thought-provoking, eye-opening," Michael Pryor

"WOW! There is so much packed into this taut, thoughtful, engrossing YA science fiction thriller. The society is fascinating and well thought out, extrapolated from current trends in virtual reality, augmented reality and social media. . . .Aussie YA SF at its best!" George Ivanoff,  Full review

"Mindcull is a great young adult future thriller with a touch of romance. It is an exciting and fast paced book with a strong, flawed female protagonist and deals with issues such as family loss, technology addiction and mental health." Libby Boas, Reading Time, Online Journal of Children's Book Council of Australia

 

"'It's always refreshing to read science fiction thrillers with strong female lead characters . . . combined with relatable characters and fast-paced action make for an enjoyable read."
Donella Reed, ReadPlus Blog

"A spectacular, fast-paced read!  . . .  Rating 5/5"  Chemicalbookdragon

"Focusing on virtual reality and spying, this gripping novel is scarily like real life. With a badass main character, Eila, and a strong villain, this one is sure to become one of your favourite technology-gone-wrong stories pretty quickly!" 20 Must-Read YA Books Written By Australian Authors.  The Nerd Daily

"incredibly fast paced book that made me *really* want a headset or skin suit!"

imosshelf, insideadog

"a thrilling read . . . I strongly recommend Mindcull to anyone looking to be thrown into this immersive, incredibly detailed world. Rating: 9/10 " Zoe Male, Ozkids Magazine

 Also:  Story Girl's book reviewsLamont Books, Goodreads

Interviews

Rob Jan & Meghan McKeough, radio 3RRR Zero G

Jan Goldsmith, radio 3CR Published Or Not

Andi Horvath, Eavesdrop on Experts Podcast

Sue Bursztynski, The Great Raven blog

Shay Laurent 

J Lenni Dorner, Operation Awesome 

Teacher notes: FORD STREET PUBLISHING (with spoilers)

Thank you all for making 30/5/19 launch at Robinsons Bookshop   so special.

 

Recent speaking events include:

YA Showcase, State Library of Victoria; CYA Conference, Brisbane; Bayside College, Williamstown and Altona South campuses; Robinsons Bookshop, Glen Waverley; Author's Corner, Bunjil Place Library; Mount Waverley Secondary College; Waverley Christian College, Narre Warren South Campus; Ivanhoe Girls Grammar; Emmaus College; Mt Eliza Secondary College; Phillip Island Library, Cowes, International Women's Day Talk at Haileybury, Keysborough, Launched the Gamers series by George Ivanoff, Ford Street HQ.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local libraries are doing great work to

  West Gippsland Libraries video. 

EVENT FEEDBACK 

"Thanks Katherine for a totally engaging and interesting talk today. Students and staff found it both informative and amusing. What an inspiring start to our day!  Quotes from students:  'It was a great session!', 'I thought she was really cool.'” 

Mary-Jane Boughen, English teacher, Mt. Waverley Secondary College.

 

"Katherine Canobi spoke to various groups at our school over our book week. She had a workshop with our Year 9's wherein she inspired the students of the benefits of reading, had them working through the process of publication and shared delightful anecdotes of her own experience in creating a published work (the great and also the challenging moments); she finished this time with a question and answer session. Katherine then spoke to our cohort of Year 7-9 students as one large group where she encouraged imagination and creative writing skills whilst exploring different aspects of her own journey in developing MINDCULL." Chad Robertson, Year nine coordinator, Waverley Christian College, Narre Warren South.

"The final workshop was with a new author to the literary world, Katherine Canobi. She took us on her journey of publishing her newly released book Mindcull and all of the failure and attempts that went into creating the futuristic novel. It was a great experience and it would have been fantastic for any authors in the making, to show where persistence can lead and the fact that what you think is your best, can always be improved further." Quote from Year 9 student supplied by Lynn Swannell, Librarian, Mt Eliza Secondary College.

 I was immediately hooked, not only by the author’s passion for the subject, but also by her warm and refreshing approach. . . . I will definitely reach out to Katherine next year to organise more workshops for my budding writers.” Irene Treadwell, English teacher, Mt Eliza Secondary College.

"The presentation was really interesting, with a great Powerpoint and best of all lots of interactive activities. You left us all feeling inspired for International Women’s Day. We had loads of fun and left feeling very enthusiastic to keep reading!" Lisa Burger, Director of Library & Information Services, Haileybury College

Katherine Canobi runs interactive writing workshops. She is also keen to talk to groups of all ages and sizes about writing Mindcull and topics such as creative writing tips, building future worlds, the writing process, story structure, starting out and persevering as an author, experiences of the publishing industry, the role of creativity and imagination in reading and writing, and the impact of technology on how we develop as individuals and form authentic relationships. If you would like her to speak at your event, school, library or writing group, please contact terrie@creativenetspeakers.com

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