Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Penny Tangey and I write fiction for young people.

My first picture book, Granbad, illustrated by Peter Baldwin and published by University of Queensland Press, is out now.

My latest middle-grade books are As Fast As I Can published by University of Queensland Press and Creswell Eastman: The Man who Saved a Million brains published by Wild Dingo Press.

I’ve had three previous novels published by University of Queensland Press, Loving Richard Feynman, Clara in Washington, and Stay Well Soon.

You can look me up on Facebook.

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5 fashion mistakes to avoid for the rest of your life

ONE: Shorts without pockets Ambling in your local park, listening to all things you can’t hear, you spot a treasure on the ground. You bend to pick up the glittering prize and hold it up to the light. Yes...

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House with sign on balcony that reads "No New Coal. No New Gas". A beam of sunlight crosses the left hand corner.


I’ve ended the week dispirited by the awful climate news and the loneliness of my personal attempts at activism. So I decided it’s good day to update our household climate action plan. This plan lists stuff we’re trying to...

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Square envelope with stamp at a slight angle in upper right corner.

The Language of Stamps

While researching a podcast episode with the team from Stamps Aren’t Cool I became aware of something called the language of stamps. This language was mentioned in an article about a divorce court hearing in 1931. The husband submitted...

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