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A Day in the Life of Me - John Marsden

A Day in the Life of Me

By: John Marsden, Craig Smith (Illustrator)

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'Hello gorgeous,' Mum said when I woke up. 'What would you like for breakfast? You can have anything you want.' I had cherries, coke, crumpets and raspberry ice cream.

So begins a day in the life of one boy. But it's a day with a difference - a perfect day.

Not only does his dog Muffin come to school, he easily wins the spelling quiz and gets a standing ovation from his classmates.

It is a day like no other - when he can do exactly what he wants! Or is it?

About The Author

John Marsden lives in Kerrie, Victoria. He is Australia's most popular writer of Young Adult fiction. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and he has won, or been short-listed for, every major award for Young Adult literature in Australia, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, the National Children's Book awards and numerous children's choice awards. The gripping war series, which began with Tomorrow when the War Began, has broken all sales records for Young Adult fiction. Burning for Revenge was recently awarded the Bookdata-ABA Book of the Year Award (1998). John Marsden's move into picture books has been highly acclaimed, following the release of Prayer for the 21st Century in 1997 and Norton's Hut in 1998. The Rabbits was named CBC Book of the Year in 1999. A Day in the Life of Me is his fourth picture book.

About the Illustrator

Craig Smith has an excellent track record as a children's book illustrator. He first teamed with Gary Crew to provide a remarkable interpretation of Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book and Troy Thompson's Radical Prose Folio. The more recent of his awards include CBC Honour Book : Younger Readers (1999) for Bob the Builder and The Elves, Short listed CBC Book of the Year: Younger Readers for Billy the Punk (1996) and Short listed CBC for Not Again, Dad by Thurley Fowler (1995). Craig has also illustrated the Paul Jennings titles : The Cabbage Patch Fib and The Cabbage Patch War. Craig lives in Healesville, Victoria.

John Marsden

A trained educator with a natural gift for storytelling, John Marsden is arguably Australia’s foremost writer of Young Adult fiction.

Whilst working at the prestigious Geelong Grammar School, Marsden made the decision to write for teenagers, following his dissatisfaction with his students’ apathy towards reading and the observation that teenagers simply weren’t reading any more. Marsden then wrote So Much To Tell You in only three weeks, and the book was published in 1987. The book sold record numbers and won numerous awards including “Book of the Year” as awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In 1993 Marsden published Tomorrow, When the War Began the first book in the Tomorrow series and his most acclaimed and best-selling work to date. Recently it was selected in the American Library Association list of 100 Best Books for Teens since 1966.

Marsden has won every major writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction, including what Marsden describes as one of the highlights of his career, the 2006 Lloyd O’Neil Award for contributions to Australian publishing. This award means that Marsden is one of only five authors to be honoured for lifelong services to the Australian book industry. John Marsden was also nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2008, the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award, and the second largest literature prize in the world.

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ISBN: 9780734401960
ISBN-10: 0734401965
Audience: General
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.8 x 23.5  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1