Trust Me Too comprises work from over 50 of Australia's leading children's authors and illustrators. Separated into genres such as crime, adventure, romance, science fiction and fantasy, it truly covers all aspects of the classical anthology. It contains fiction, illustrations, poetry and graphics.
Contributors include a prequel to Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody, stories from many other writers including Jack Heath, Oliver Phommavanh, James Roy, Gary Crew, Margaret Clark, Phil Kettle, Michael Gerard Bauer, poems from writers such as Lorraine Marwood, Sofie Laguna and Michael Wager, and illustrations from artists such as Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, Mark Wilson and Marc McBride.
About the Author
Paul Collins has edited many anthologies including Dream Weavers, Australia's first fantasy anthology. He co-edited with Meredith Costain three boxed sets of fiction (Spinouts) for which they won the Aurealis Award. He edited The Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy and received the William Atheling Award. He also won the inaugural Peter McNamara Award and the A Bertram Chandler Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction.
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Finally, a companion to Ford Street's hugely successful 2008 anthology, Trust Me! is here. And nothing in the marketplace can match it for either variety or value for money. Set out in no-nonsense easy to read contents pages, fifty-seven authors and illustrators display their wares with every genre represented—including poetry and graphics. With such names as: Isobelle Carmody, Ian Irvine, Meredith Costain, Shaun Tan and Bill Condon, I don't see how this book can possibly fail to impress.
SF fans will be hard-pressed to find a more thought-provoking and deeply disturbing tale than Michael Gerard Bauer's, Oh Brother, What Art Thou? If it's a ghost story you crave, then Janeen Brian's, What Goes Around, or Kirsty Murray's, The Night Swimmer are sure to please. There is a full course of fantasy on offer by authors so well known they need no introduction—as well as adventure, crime, humour, romance and horror. I will never see my local Woollies in quite the same light after reading Michael Pryor's, Shop Till You Drop. And I mustn't neglect to mention perhaps the most sobering and important inclusion in this anthology: Di Bates' heart-wrenching fact-based story, Child Slave Crusader. Forever more I'll be reminded of Iqbal Masih's fate whenever I see ads on TV for ridiculously cheap department store clothing and rugs.
As Judith Ridge states in her introduction: 'There are many more stories and poems, and many more writers within the pages of this collection—too many to name all in this introduction, but all of which offer something to enthral and to entertain, to challenge and to inspire.'
There is nothing more perfect for today's multi-tasking young person than the short story. Many will vow the short story has died a slow death over the years, but I refuse to believe it. These shorts require little chewing; in fact they can be easily swallowed whole and are every bit as satisfying that the meat and three veg novel. The only downside to the short story is that in many cases they are so tasty we gluttonous connoisseurs are left wanting more.
For Ages: 13 - 15 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1