Film Trailer: Tomorrow, When the War Began from the book by John Marsden

by |August 17, 2010

The Enormously Popular ‘Tomorrow’ Series

by John Marsden

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding –
They’re shocked, they’re frightened, they’re alone – Their world has
changed, with the speed of a slamming door – They’ve got no weapons –
except courage – They’ve got no help – except themselves – They’ve got
nothing – except friendship – How strong can you be, when the world is
full of people trying to kill you?…

Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first of an enormously popular
series that has been translated and published all over the world. It is
the book that started the series that became the legend…

The Dead of the Night

Hell is still the safest place on earth – When you’ve
run out of choices, you’ve only got yourself – As war rages, as the
enemy closes in, as Ellie and her friends fight for their lives, they
are left with nothing – Nothing but courage, spirit and pride…

The Dead of the Night is the second volume in the award-winning
Tomorrow series.

The Third Day, The Frost

Live what you believe in… die fighting for it – The
third day comes a frost… a killing frost – The enemy spreads across
the land, cold and relentless. They invade. They destroy. They kill –
Only the heroism of Ellie and her friends can stop them – When hot
courage meets icy death, who will win through?…

The Third Day, The Frost is the third volume in the award-winning
Tomorrow series.

Darkness, Be My Friend

Nowhere to run; one place left to hide. You’re running
from bullets through the streets of your own town. Your life’s on the
line and no-one’s there to help – What’s happened? – When did safety
turn to fear, peace turn to war, happiness turn to panic? When did your
normal day become a nightmare?…

Ellie and her friends struggle with the biggest questions life can
offer in Darkness, Be My Friend, the fourth book in the award-winning
Tomorrow series.

Burning For Revenge

The world is in flames… – You look behind – there’s
nothing but smoke. Ahead of you the future has just burst into flames –
Your life is on fire. The world’s an inferno – You’re burning… with
passion and fear, with love and rage – You’re burning for revenge…

Burning For Revenge is the fifth volume in the award-winning Tomorrow

The Night is for Hunting

Hunting and being hunted – Sometimes life seems to offer
nothing more than a chase to the death. The fight to survive has never
been fiercer – But as they wage war, Ellie and her friends still find
time for other things: friendship… loyalty… even Christmas – If
only they can withstand another night…

The Night is for Hunting is the sixth volume in the award-winning
Tomorrow series.

The Other Side of Dawn

“Daylight couldn’t be far away, and if they hadn’t
found me by then, it wouldn’t take long once the sun came up. The drops
of blood would be a dead give-away. ‘Dead’ in every sense of the word.”

With a roar like a train in a tunnel, the war enters its final days.
Ellie has to be on that train. There’s no more sitting around, no more
waiting. There’s only fast decisions, fast action, fast thinking.

And she’d better get it right. With all their being, Ellie and her
friends want to stay alive. But there’s a war out there. And it has to
be won. The end is here…

Another Incredible Series by John Marsden

The Ellie Chronicles

While I Live

“We were halfway up the spur when we heard it. Homer
and Gavin and I, just the three of us… I’d say there were fifteen
shots in the first volley, evenly spaced, lasting about twenty-five
seconds… All the way down the spur I’d heard the scattered shots,
getting closer as I got closer, and all the way down I tried to think
of reasonable explanations for them, and I couldn’t think of a single
thing that made sense.”

The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after
a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has
commenced classes once again, and local farmers are gradually
repossessing their land. But it’s not the same Australia as before the
war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that
separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it?

For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes
the terrible things that happened during the war – the things she,
Homer, Lee, Fi and the others had to do – all worthwhile. It’s where
she belongs.

But the war won’t let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any
hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It’s a new kind of
fight. And the enemy isn’t always from the other side of the border.


The next book in The Ellie Chronicles, following While I
Live, the post-war series featuring the immensely popular Ellie Linton,
heroine and narrator of the Tomorrow series.

“I held my line. I knew from the war, if not from shooting
rabbits, that we were safe enough for the first moments. It is too
impossible to hit a target like us from a helicopter that’s rocking and
rolling and trying to find its target. But maybe this guy had new
equipment or maybe he was a brilliant shot or maybe he was just plain
lucky. Bullet holes tore through the ute like a huge metal-punch was
suddenly and roughly slamming a simultaneous line of them from our rear
to our front.”

Ellie has struggled to put the war behind her and lead a normal life.
Although what’s normal about your parents having been murdered; trying
to run a farm and go to school; and bringing up a young boy who’s
hiding terrible secrets about his past?

Packed full of action and high-drama, John Marsden delivers another
fast-paced adventure that will thrill old fans and new readers alike.

Circle of Flight

“You jam on the brakes and stop the ute right at your
front door. You jump out. Not for the first time you run into a house
that could be full of guns, with death waiting for you. You don’t even
think of that until you’re crossing the threshold… You already know
what you’re going to find. Underneath the fear and horror and panic
there’s a cold realisation that Gavin’s body will be somewhere in the
house. You can picture what those bullets will have done to his little

It is a time of profound change for Ellie Linton. Enemies are
everywhere. Some come crawling over the hills; others drive in and
knock on the front door. Sometimes her friends are there and sometimes
they are not. Ellie fights every inch of the way. But when courage and
imagination are not enough, when she is trapped and helpless, Ellie
must face the end of life as she knows it… standing alone, sustained
only by her own strength.

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Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European
powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their
Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition.
The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry.
Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the
British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the
run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he
has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air
Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger
of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most
unexpected way…taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a
fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both
their lives forever.

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  • August 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Leviathan sounds like a great read, I will have to look into it. I have a great interest in the 1st World War.
    As research for my three now published novels, which are set against a background of World War 1, I visited the Australian battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience. I have also visited Gallipoli.



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