Writer of 16 books for children and young adults, including Sick Bay, The Edge of Thirteen and The Jammer. Her books are CBCA notables and have been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Award, the Readings Children’s Prize, the ABIA Awards, the Speech Pathologist Awards, the YABBA Awards and the Sakura Medal in Japan. She has won an ABIA Award for The Edge of Thirteen, and YABBA and Koala Awards for Sick Bay. Writer of Film Victoria short films Ripples and Mr Wasinski’s Song (AWGIE nomination and winner Best Australian Short at MIFF). Short fiction published in Overland, Mslexia, Kill Your Darlings, Wet Ink and Island and articles in The Guardian, Island and Fairfax Media. Nova is a regular on ABC Radio Melbourne talking about historic children’s books in Australia.