Sonia Martinez

Sonia is a Western Australia-based illustrator and graphic designer. She has studied ancient history, fine art and design, and recently graduated from Curtin University with a major in illustration. Her work incorporates many different styles and media, both digital and traditional, but always contains a sense of caprice. The World According to Warren was her first book. Sonia lives in Fremantle with her partner and their two children.




The World According to Warren

Sonia Martinez with Craig Silvey

Warren is a guide dog with an inflated ego. He has always known that he was
destined for great things. He was born with a good heart. He was going to help people. A Working Dog, with Big Responsibilities …

Warren's particular views of the world, together with outstanding text by Craig
Silvey, make this a stand-out book for readers of all ages.

Awards
Short listed, Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for New Illustrators, 2007

"A smart read and rollicking good fun." - Sun-Herald

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
Published:
Australia/NZ 2007· Fremantle Press

* All other rights available


Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Sonia Martinez with Michelle Gillespie

Sixteen-year-old Grace Bussell was hailed a hero for her part in rescuing the passengers and crew of the Georgette from sure drowning. She was called Australia's own Grace Darling. But the rescue would never have been possible without the guidance and leadership of Sam Isaacs, an Aboriginal stockman.

This beautifully illustrated book is an evocative re-telling of the events surrounding the wreck of the Georgette off the south-west coast of Australia.

Awards
Shortlisted, Western Australian Young Readers Award, 2012
Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Books, 2012

Reviews
'An interesting historical story, action-packed language and atmospheric pictures make this book a standout.'- Herald Sun

'… an evocative picture-book retelling of this incredible event, which gives young readers a fresh look at an inspiring young woman … beautifully illustrated by Sonia Martinez' - Junior Bookseller+Publisher

'The drama unfolds page by page with Michelle Gillespie's evocative writing and Sonia Martinez's dramatic illustration, it's wonderful to see our Australian history being retold for children in such an exciting way. ****' - Good Reading Magazine

'Sam and Grace's astonishing true story is told exceptionally well in this picture book. Written by Michelle Gillespie when she was only 19, the vivid text brings the story and characters to life, while Sonia Martinez's dynamic illustrations really capture the drama of this historic rescue.' - Child Magazine

'Gillespie, who was 19 when she wrote the story, has filled it with present-tense immediacy and tension …' - The Advertiser

'The marvellous illustrations complement the story in such a way that you can almost feel yourself in the storm.' - The West Australian

'The book is superbly designed with thick water-marked pages and fine drawings that bring the story to life.' - Koori Mail

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
Published:
Australia/NZ 2011· Fremantle Press

* All other rights available


The Amber Amulet

Sonia Martinez with Craig Silvey

Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the masked avenger—a superhero with powers so potent not even he can comprehend their extent.

Along with his sidekick Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure—but can he save them from sadness?

This perfect jewel by the award-winning author of 2009 Book of the Year Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.

LITERARY FICTION
Published:
Australia/NZ 2012· Allen & Unwin

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