I’m Pam Rushby and I’m a writer.  When people ask me what I write, I usually say “Just about anything”.

I write:

  • children’s books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • young adult novels
  • television, video and audio scripts
  • short stories and freelance journalism
  • radio and television commercials
  • multimedia


Sing a Rebel Song  (Omnibus Books 2015)
Sing a Rebel SongIt’s 1891 and one of the most dramatic events in Australia’s history is taking place in western Queensland: the Shearers’ Strike. The closest Australia ever came to outright civil war, when workers rebelled against the employment conditions laid down by landowners.
Twelve-year-old Maggie McAllister and her family are caught up in the struggle between unionists, the landowners and the government.
Torchlight protest marches and violent confrontations in the streets, woolsheds and property fired, the arrest of union leaders at gunpoint. Maggie plays a part in no small way herself. But her friends do not see things the same way, and for Maggie, singing a rebel song may have heartbreaking consequences.




The Ratcatcher’s Daughter
THE RATCATCHER’S DAUGHTERIt’s 1900. Thirteen-year-old Issy McKelvie leaves school and starts her first job – very reluctantly – as a maid in an Undertaking Establishment.
Issy thinks this is about as low as you can go. But something worse, much worse, is coming, as a very unwelcome visitor arrives in Australia.
It’s the plague, the Black Death, carried by the fleas on rats.
Issy loathes both rats and her father’s pack of yappy, snappy, hyperactive rat-killing terriers. But when her father becomes ill, it’s up to Issy to become an unwilling ratcatcher,
and to join the battle to rid the city of the plague-carrying rats.
However, many things about the city’s control of the plague are not as they seem. Issy comes to realise that the real world is very different from the one she thought she knew …