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The website of Nick Place, an Australian fiction writer and media operative.

Kids fiction

Nick has written four published teen or pre-teen novels.

The Kazillion Wish and Thanks A Kazillion concerned the adventures and misadventures of Harlan and Ainsley Banana, with the dubious assistance of a Bow, Zucchini Spacestation, a frongle, some Martians and various other creatures. Both books were sold internationally, with The Kazillion Wish being published in Italy (as Missione Banana!) as well as the United States, United Kingdom and Poland.

The Kazillion Wish, Australian original edition
The Kazillion Wish, Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2003)
Kazillion Wish, UK edition
The Kazillion Wish, UK edition (Chicken House Press, 2005)
Missione Banana - The Kazillion Wish, Italian style.
Missione Banana – The Kazillion Wish, Italian style. (Salani, 2010)
The Kazillion Wish, USA edition (Chicken House Press)
The Kazillion Wish, USA edition (Chicken House Press, 2005)
Thanks A Kazillion, Australian original edition (2004)
Thanks A Kazillion, Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2004)

Nick followed up with a pair of kid superhero novels, set in Melbourne, which finally became a genuine superhero city, joining Gotham, Metropolis and the like. The OK Team and OK Team 2: Better Than OK introduced readers to the difficult wannabe hero exploits of Hazy Retina (aka Focus) and his team of teenage L-Plate Heroes.

"The OK Team", Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2007)
“The OK Team”, Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2007)
"The OK Team 2: Better Than OK", Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
“The OK Team 2: Better Than OK”, Australian original edition (Allen & Unwin, 2008)

Reviews:

The Kazillion Wish

‘Far-fetched in the best possible way…’ Irish Times

‘Imagine C.S. Lewis’s classic Chronicles of Narnia written by Terry Pratchett. A strong sense of fun, if not outright silliness and enjoyment… It is a wonderfully comic piece of writing and an extremely imaginative tale.’ Magpies
(* This may be the greatest praise I have ever and will ever receive. Ever. Nicko)

One of Nick's favourite ever fan letters; a hand-made Kazillion Wish postcard from Englewood, Colorado
One of Nick’s favourite ever fan letters; a hand-made Kazillion Wish postcard from Englewood, Colorado

‘This book is crazy, kooky fun.’ D-Magazine

‘This zany book will amuse and delight readers of all ages. The tongue-in-cheek humour is great.’ Reading Time

‘The Kazillion Wish is a great book. I finished it in three days and I give it 10 out of 10.’ Gaby, aged 8

‘Its utter craziness makes it a hilarious book.’ Lyndon, 13, in The Launceston Examiner

Considerable bathroom and body-function humor …Monotonous Australian import.‘ Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL, USA (Lead Amazon review)

‘Katie, age 9 and Haily, age 12 both read this book and still can’t put it down. Its very funny and full of suprises, totally random humor. We spend time reading it out loud to each other. Highly recommend it!’ Nancy Anton (reader reviewer, also on Amazon but lower down)

Portrait of super hero Focus, by reader, William, 13
Portrait of super hero Focus, by reader, William, 13 (Now on Nicko’s wall)

The OK Team:

‘Hilarious, action-packed reading about kids who think they’re freaks but really they’re superheroes.’ Kidslife

‘A great adventure that uses original ideas in its plot.’ Cameron, 11

‘I liked it because it’s an idea no one has used before … It is a book about superheroes but has been twisted to make it funny. Say congratulations to the author for writing such a good book. 9/10.’ Mateus, 11

‘5 Stars. 10 out of 10!’ Ainsley, 10.

‘Mind-boggling action (and) psychedelic characters … I couldn’t stop laughing.’ Georgina, 14

‘Even adults would secretly enjoy it.’ Alex, 14

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