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Refuge : Many Dreams, One Land - Jackie French

Refuge

Many Dreams, One Land

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Published: 1st August 2013
For Ages: 10+ years old
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Refuge centres around a 14-year-old male Afghan who spent much of his life in Pakistan refugee camps before making the voyage from Indonesia to Australia. As the boat crashes against the rocks of Christmas Island he loses consciousness and awakes to find himself in the life he has always dreamed of in Australia, but with no memory of how he got there: not unusual, says his doctor father. AS it is the school holidays he becomes one of a gang of kids who roam the beach, led by an older boy, although he slowly realises that the true power is wielded by ten year old Susanna - who has been ten years old for twenty years.

Each of the children in the gang has come to Australia as a place of hope or refuge and they represent the times and places of Australia’s greatest migrations. Their life is everything they have dreamed of, from the wonderful House of Women for Chinese Tien Ling to Irish Dairmid’s farm, Luis’s fishing boat, the library that goes on forever, and the musical concerts for German David Goldberg.

Slowly our Afghan boy realises that each day he can make the choice: to stay in the dream or walk through the door on the beach, or to go back to the sea and the rocks and accept real life instead.

About the Author

Jacqueline Anne French, ( Lastname spelt double F) is an award-winning Australian author of children's fiction and books on gardening.

Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane, but moved to the bush in her early twenties. She is a keen gardener and appeared on the TV series Burke's Backyard. She has written well over a hundred books. Jackie lives in New South Wales, near the small town of Braidwood at Araluen. She began writing when she was 30, in a desperate attempt to get enough money together to register her car. At the time, she was living in a tin shed with a black snake named Gladys and a wombat named Smudge. A hundred and thirty-two books later, she is still writing. She can rightly be called Australia's most popular children's writer.Jackie also appears regularly on radio and television.

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4.0

Thought provoking

By Vegiemuncher

from Geelong

About Me Everyday Reader

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Great Class Novel
    • Older Readers

    Thought provoking and goes beyond the conventional stories of refugees. Hard to place in a genre though as it takes a refreshingly different perspective and covers both contemporary and historic characters. A compassionate well written story with no easy answers. Jackie French is a gifted storyteller and this book can be read by adults and kids on different levels.

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    ISBN: 9780732296179
    ISBN-10: 073229617X
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 10+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 272
    Published: 1st August 2013
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.7
    Weight (kg): 0.19

    Jackie French

    Jackie French's writing career spans sixteen years, 42 wombats, 120 books for kids and adults, translations into nineteen languages, and slightly more awards than wombats, both in Australia and overseas (that's overseas awards, not overseas wombats).

    Her books range from provocative historical fiction such as Hitler's Daughter and They Came on Viking Ships to the hilarious international bestseller, Diary of a Wombat with Bruce Whatley, as well as many nonfiction titles such as The Fascinating History of Your Lunch, and To the Moon and Back (with Bryan Sullivan), the history of Australia's Honeysuckle Creek and man's journey to the moon.

    In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.

    Visit Jackie French 's Booktopia Author Page