facebook: Michael Gerard Bauer Author
“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.
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