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The Night Country - Chapter Book : Chapter Book Small Format - Bryce Courtenay

The Night Country - Chapter Book

Chapter Book Small Format

Hardcover

Published: April 1998
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The Night Country is an enchanting and inspiring story from one of Australia's most popular authors, Bryce Courtenay, which draws on the author's childhood in Africa.

Towards the end of the Great Depression a young boy goes with his sister to stay at a farm while their mother is ill. There, during a scorching African summer, he witnesses a trial and punishment which will forever remind him of white men's cruelty to black people.

Beautifully packaged with striking watercolour illustrations, The Night Country is a fable for all ages - a powerful account of the strength that lives within us all.

About the Author

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa and has lived in Sydney for the major part of his life. He is the bestselling author of The Power of One, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Jessica, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Whitethorn and Brother Fish.

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Night Country - Chapter Book:

    So sad we dont have Bryce Courtney with us any more. Have read all his books except the latest, which I am about to start. This book had an unusual and heart-warming story. Similar to his early books about Africa.

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    ISBN: 9780670878994
    ISBN-10: 0670878995
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 96
    Published: April 1998
    Dimensions (cm): 18.4 x 13.2  x 1.1
    Weight (kg): 18.4

    Bryce Courtenay

    Bryce: in his own words...

    I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo mountains.

    It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned to box - though less as a sport and more as a means to stay alive.

    But I survived to return to a small mountain town named Barberton in the North Eastern part of the country.

    Here I met Doc, a drunken German music teacher who spent the next few years filling my young mind with the wonders of nature as we roamed the high mountains. His was the best education I was ever to receive, despite the scholarship I won to a prestigious boy's school and thereafter to a university in England where I studied Journalism.

    I came to Australia because I was banned from returning to my own country.

    This was due to the fact that I had started a weekend school for Africans in the school hall of the prestigious boy's school I attended.

    One day the school hall was raided by the police who then branded me a Communist as they considered educating Africans a subversive act.

    While studying journalism, I met a wonderful Australian girl.

    "Come to my country!" Benita invited.

    I did, and soon after arriving in Australia, married her. Benita gave me three splendid sons, Brett, Adam and Damon. Brett, who married Ann has given me three lovely grandsons, Ben now 14, Jake is about to turn 12 and Marcus is almost 6 years old.

    I have lived all my Australian life in Sydney (the nicest place on earth) and, until I started writing fiction, made my career in advertising working as a copywriter and creative director.

    At the age of 55 I decided to take the plunge. I had been telling stories since the age of five and had always known I would be a writer some day, though life kept getting in the way until I realised that it was either now or never.

    Bryce Courtenay died at his home in Canberra, Australia. He was 79. Courtenay is survived by his second wife Christine Gee and his children Adam and Brett.

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