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Australia's Great War 1914 : Australia's Great War - Sophie Masson

Australia's Great War 1914

Australia's Great War

Paperback Published: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9781743622476
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 9+ years old

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Louis Jullian and his older brother Thomas are on holiday in Sarajevo, enjoying the privileges of life in a diplomat’s family. But the peace is shattered as a bomb explodes and the heir to the Austrian Empire is assassinated in front of their eyes. As Europe descends into war, Louis convinces his parents to let him go to the front as a war correspondent. Sent to northern France, Louis witnesses the war’s first battles and the beginning of trench warfare. His friends - from Australia, Britain, France, Austria, Russia - join the war effort too, with, and against, each other.

About the Author

Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to French parents. She has spent most of her life going back and forth between Australia and France. Author of 28 novels, for adults, teenagers and children, she has been published in Australia, the US and Italy as well as the UK. She has been shortlisted for many awards, and has written for stage and radio as well as for newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Still fluently bilingual, she frequently returns to France to visit family. She lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and three children.

ISBN: 9781743622476
ISBN-10: 1743622473
Series: Australia's Great War
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22

Sophie Masson


About the Author


Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of French parents, Sophie Masson came to Australia at the age of 5. All her childhood, the family moved back and forth between Australia and France, unable to make up their minds as to where to live, so Sophie grew up between worlds, and between languages, an experience which has formed a lot of her work. A bilingual French and English speaker, she was educated in schools in both Australia and France, and has a BA and M.Litt in French and English Literature from the University of New England in northern NSW.

Sophie has had more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children, but also for adults, including the internationally-selling Forest of Dreams, an adult fantasy trilogy based on the life and work of the medieval French writer Marie de France. Much of her work for children and young adults has also been in the fantasy genre, but she has also written ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, family stories and a graphic novel (The Secret Army: Operation Loki). She adapted one of her novels, The Green Prince, for the stage and it was performed in a successful season in 2001.

From August 2004 to August 2008 she served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts-funding body, and in March 2009 she was elected to the committee of management of the Australian Society of Authors, and now serves as its Deputy Chair. She is also the President of the New England and North-West sub branch of the Children's Book Council of NSW, and in 2011 was elected Deputy Chair of the New England Writers' Centre.

Her books have been shortlisted for many awards,with The Hunt for Ned Kelly shortlisted in the Patricia Wrightson Prize for children's fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards(2011), and also being named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia(2011). The Hand of Glory won the Young Adult category for the 2002 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Snow, Fire, Sword was shortlisted in three categories in the 2004 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy, including in the Fantasy section, where it was the only children’s book to be listed. In 2008, Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts was shortlisted in the children's section of the Aurealis Awards.

In 2010, Sophie was awarded a residency in Paris by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, for six months at the Keesing Studio, which took place from February-end July 2010. Previously, in 1995, she received an Asian-Pacific Fellowship from the Literature Board, which enabled her to travel to Indionesia to research and write her novel, The Tiger (Harper Collins, 1996).

Sophie has also given numerous talks and workshops in Australia, the USA and UK.

Sophie is married with three grown-up children, Philippa, Xavier and Bevis, who all live and work in Sydney. She lives in country New South Wales with her husband David Leach.

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