Michael Gerard Bauer

Children's & Fiction Writer

Michael Gerard Bauer completed an Arts Degree with a triple Major in English literature and became a teacher of Economics and English in Brisbane and Ipswich secondary schools. In 2003, Bauer won the inaugural Writesmall Short Story competition at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Bauer lives in Brisbane Queensland. The Running Man, his first novel was well received, winning the 2005 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers; listed as one of the top 10 books for young adults for 2004 in Magpies magazine; and short-listed for the 2005 NSW Premier’s Award, Victorian Premier’s Award, and the 2006 South Australian Festival Awards for Literature.

The Running Man also won the Courier Mail 2005 People’s Choice Award for Younger Readers. In 2008 it won the German Catholic Youth Book Award for promoting Christian values in children’s literature.
Bauer has also written six other books, Don’t Call Me Ishmael (2006), Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs (2007), Dinosaur Knights (2008), You Turkeys (2009), Just a Dog (2010) and Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel (2011).

Don’t Call Me Ishmeal won the 2008 South Australian Festival Award for Literature; the 2007 Children’s Peace Prize; the Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Judges Award in 2007 and was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Award and the 2007 CBCA Award for Older Readers. It was selected for the 2007 White Ravens festival at the Bologna Book Fair.
The sequel, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs, was awarded a Notable Book at the CBCA Awards for Older Readers in 2008. Just a Dog was an Honour Book for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers category. It won the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, Younger Readers.

Michael Gerard Bauer

Michael Gerard Bauer

The third book in the Ishmael trilogy was released in July 2011 and is entitled Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel. It was short-listed for the Children’s Peace Literature Award in 2011 and the CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers category in 2012.

In November 2012 the first of three books for Younger Readers was released, titled Eric Vale Epic Fail.
The sequels Eric Vale Super Male and Eric Vale Off the Rails were published in 2013.

All three comedy books have extensive illustrations by his son, Joe Bauer.

A spin-off comedy series for younger readers featuring the character Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale followed.
These are Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale The Case of Animals Behaving Really, REALLY Badly; Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale The Case of the Really, REALLY Scary Things; and Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale The Case of the Really, REALLY Magnetic Magnet.

In May 2016 Michael released a young adult comedy novel entitled, The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me.