Winner of the New York Times Book Review Children's Book of the Year, 1966.
Commended title, American Library Association, 1966.
'The author has the power to get inside his characters.'The New York Times
'Conveys with insight the reactions, fears, perplexities, ignorances and behavior of children in a real adult world.'Washington Post
The novel is a chronicle of fire and panic, of intense and remarkable perception, and of almost inexhaustibly vivid descriptive language unforgettable.'Wall St Journal
The description of the fire and the atmosphere of the day are so vividly describeddeservedly classic story.'ReadPlus
It's hot and dry on Ash Road, where three boys taste their first independence, camping without adults. When they accidentally light a bushfire, none could guess how far it would go. They are forced to face the consequences with only each other to depend on.
Ivan Southall was Australia's first recipient of the Carnergie Medal. An icon of children's literature, he wrote over sixty books. He died in 2008.
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This book was read to grade 5/6 primary students as part of a unit on natural disasters. They couldn't wait for the next instalment and begged to hear more than the allotted 15 minutes of reading time each day! Many of the terms no longer in common usage made great discussion points as did some of the social situations. We will use this book with our students again and again - a classic well worth a re-read!
'The description of the fire and the atmosphere of the day are so vividly described...deservedly classic story.' -- ReadPlus 'Ivan Southall's Ash Road was one of the first Australian books to immerse readers in the experience of being caught in a bushfire in all its sensory detail; its publication in 1965 affected readers and fellow authors alike.' AEU Magazine 'The novel is a chronicle of fire and panic, of intense and remarkable perception, and of almost inexhaustibly vivid descriptive language... unforgettable.' Wall Street Journal
Series: Text Classics
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old
For Grades: 5 - 9
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25th September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.38 x 13.5 x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.21