Adornetto is the daughter of an English Teacher and a Drama Teacher and attended, in her own words, "many" schools including MacRobertson Girls' High School, Ruyton Girls' School and Eltham College. She says she was 13 years and on school holidays when she decided to become a recluse and started writing her first book for young adults, entitled The Shadow Thief. She did some research into Australian publishing houses, making sure she followed all the submission guidelines exactly, and then sent her manuscript to HarperCollins. She has said that it took HarperCollins about twenty weeks to get back to her asking to publish her book.
In 2006 Adornetto won the State Legacy Public Speaking competition.
Adornetto has featured in Fairfax publications commenting on youth issues such as sex and alcohol consumption .
Adornetto's completed books are The Shadow Thief (published 2007) and The Lampo Circus (2008), and Von Gobstopper's Arcade (2009) all published by HarperCollins.
The Shadow Thief
The main characters of Shadow Thief are Millipop Klompet and Ernest Perriclof, who live in Drabville ... a town whose residents suffer from having their shadows stolen by Lord Aldor, who wants to use the shadows to become immortal, all-powerful and rule the world. According to Adornetto, "The shadow represents individuality and colour and a person's spirit, really." She said the two main characters were based on herself and her cousin and their own adventures together as children.
The Lampo Circus
The arrival of Federico Lampo and his traveling circus brings a new threat to Drabville when the children are kidnapped and transported to the grim world of the Conjuors? Realm. Lord Aldor? assisted by Ringmaster Fredrico Lampo and the vicious Contessa Bombasta (Patroness of the Arts)? is plotting to conquer the fairy province of Mirth.The children embark on a quest to warn the Queen of Mirth? encountering some fearsome obstacles? not least the ferocious Grin Bandits and their tooth?extracting apparatus as well being challenged in a life size game of Monopoly.As the day of battle draws near? Milli and Ernest realize that if Lord Aldor defeats them? theirs won?t be the only lives at stake...
Von Gobstopper's Arcade
Master toymaker Gustav VonGobstopper announces plans to build a special Toy Arcade ? brimming with the world?s greatest toys ?? to commemorate the extraordinary bravery of Drabville?s children who have twice escaped the clutches of the wicked Lord Aldor.The children couldn?t be more excited. But when Milli and Ernest encounter Theo? the bandana?wearing teddy? deranged designer Tempest Anamoli and the immoral Botchers at the Arcade? it quickly becomes apparent that they have stumbled upon a macabre plot. Could this be the work of the evil Aldor ? a malicious master plan designed to extinguish the very existence of childhood?As Christmas Eve draws close? Milli and Ernest find themselves enlisted as Santa?s helpers? for a Christmas spectacle that will be like no other ... But can they protect the town before catastrophe strikes?
Adornetto is said to have landed another publishing deal with a U.S. book company. Her next book, Halo, is said to be in stores late 2010.
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There?s a new kid in town and he?s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he?s after Beth