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Teaching Guide for Destroying Avalon

On my website there has always been teaching notes for Destroying Avalon. These were devised when Destroying Avalon was selected by Australian Standing Order, as a book to be sent to public libraries.Today, after mucking around for hours with the upload button I’ve managed to put an entire teaching guide on this blog. It contains some of the original information but I think it has a lot more content. Especially teacher reference notes and activities presented as student briefs.

You’ll find it under Teaching Notes and Guides on the home page. Click on through to the guide. It’s yours to download and reproduce!

As an English teacher I know how much effort you have to put into devising a new package for a new novel. I hope this takes the pain out of it! Any comments or suggestions welcome!


I am an Australian author of YA and Adult fiction. My first novel Destroying Avalon (2006) published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press is about cyber bullying.My second novel In Ecstasy (2008) is about friendship and drugs. My third novel Beautiful Monster (2010)focuses on body image . Crashing Down (2014) was my fourth novel and is about teen pregnancy. Saving Jazz (2016), is a novel that looks the world of social media and what happens when your mistakes go viral. In 2019 I released a non-fiction book The (mostly) English Teachers' Survival Guide To Marking which outlines a coded marking and feed-forward system, designed to save teachers about 50% of their marking time. My first adult book Double Lives is being released in 2022. I live in Western Australia, with my husband, two daughters, a cat and two Maltese Shih Tzus.

18 thoughts on “Teaching Guide for Destroying Avalon

  1. Brilliant! Glad:
    a). You’re using it in the classroom, and
    b). you found it useful-
    my job here is done!!!

  2. Hi troylana,
    If Grades 4 and 5 in Canada are the equivalent in Australia- that is 9 and 10 year olds I’d have to say it’s not appropriate. I’ve had a lot of teachers ask me if this book is suitable for primary school kids because there aren’t any books on cyber bullying for the younger readers and as we know this behaviour is starting as young as 10. Unfortunately Destroying Avalon’s target was always 13 years plus- there are issues beyond cyberbullying like suicide and sexuality covered in the novel.
    Some primary school teachers have told me they are doing readings from the book and using it as a discussion point for the whole class- which is definitely a way to use it. But you have to be aware that some of the language is quite strong and on the spot consorship would be required for younger kids!!!
    So sorry about that- as much as I would love all kids to read this book I guess it certainly targets the older readers.

    1. Hello
      can give me the Assessment tasks Destroying Avalon.
      are no how to doning this Assessment.
      can you gime me the assessments task.

  3. thanks.. your response was very helpful…i have a 13 and 14 year old at home and the book will come in very useful!

  4. this book is awesome anyone around 12 and over should certainly read the book it is 100% awesome book but mostly i like anime love book. Anyway cyaz.

  5. I am currently reading DA with an all boy, year 9 class. They love it! The end of each period seems to sneak up on us and they complained when I said I might have to skip a few chapters. An excellent read and a great child pleaser… awesome book.

  6. hi, i am not a teacher but a student, i am actually doing a analytical essay on your book, and i must say this book tells you the truth. i can really relate to this but i guess this is the first book that i am emotionally attached to and as a author, i really look up to you……..

  7. I must admit, it is the best book i have ever read. I am studying the book Destroying Avalon with my year 10 Advanced English class and i must say that everyone enjoyed it. It has been the most interesting book i have read, i finished it all in one day, this is how good it is. If you haven’t yet read this book, i highly recommend you that you start reading it, and it won’t take you long because you will be addicted to it.
    Abbas 🙂

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