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About This Series

Each book is written by an award-winning children’s author and follows the real-life stories of some of Australia’s top scientists and inventors, chosen on the basis of their pioneering work. Themes explored include childhood, school, family, and formative experiences, what inspired them to pursue their chosen path, how they persevered in the face of challenges, and what they have contributed to science in Australia.

About Gisela Kaplan: Bird and Primate Scientist

Gisela Kaplan’s story begins in post-World War II Germany. Despite incredible challenges as a child, she retained a profound curiosity, care and compassion for all living things. Her captivating, ground-breaking scientific research on Australian magpies, tawny frogmouths and other iconic bird species, as well as primates, make Prof. Kaplan a world-leading expert in animal behaviour, especially of Australian birds.

Professor Kaplan is on a mission to spread the word about how intelligent and surprising birds are, before time runs out for many of them.

More to love about STEM Stars

• Teacher’s notes available. A perfect series for school libraries or home bookshelves.
• A fresh and unique series that focuses on our Australian STEM heroes. Science is more important that ever as we look to our inventors and innovators to solve the contemporary problems facing humanity and the planet.
• Perfect for children who are fascinated by the complexities of animal behaviour, and interested in the care and rehabilitation of wild creatures
• Narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children, proving that it can be as fun and interesting as fiction

About The Author

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Emily Gale grew up in London and migrated to Australia in 2008. She loves animals and recently became fascinated by Australian birdlife. She lives near a part of the Yarra river in Melbourne where well over 100 different species of birds have been identified. 

Emily worked in publishing for many years and now writes for children and teenagers. Her YA novels have been shortlisted for several awards.

Visit her website at

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