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Facing the Flame  : The Matilda Saga: Book 7 - Jackie French

Facing the Flame

The Matilda Saga: Book 7

Paperback Published: 20th November 2017
ISBN: 9781460753200
Number Of Pages: 304

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There have been fires before, but not like this. Heartbreaking and powerful, FACING THE FLAME is a story of the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it.

There have been fires before,but not like this.

In 1978, as the hot windhowls and the grass dries, all who live at Gibber's Creek know their land canburn. But when you love your land, you fight for it.

For Jed Kelly, an evenmore menacing danger looms: a man from her past determined to destroy her. Findingherself alone, trapped and desperate to save her unborn child, Jed's onlychoice is to flee - into the flames.

Heartbreaking andpowerful, Facing theFlame celebrates thetriumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not evenbushfire can erode it.

I have read this at least 6 times since I bought it .


Love this book . Read it and other books in the series over and over.

NSW , Australia


A fire like they've never seen


Jackie French is a prolific Australian author talented across a number of genres, a number of very different genres. I haven't read a lot of her work but hers is certainly a name that I know well. Facing The Flame is a story targeted to both teens and adults. I thought this was a stand alone genre crossover novel set in the late 1970s. It turns out that it is a book connected to the Matilda Saga, I think the next in the series, but I don't think that is going to matter. I haven't read the Matlida Saga, though I have read book four which we book clubbed back in 2015; To Love A Sunburnt Country was set in 1942, in the midst of a war. The books in the Matilda Saga take a look at Australia's history and are named for iconic songs. The last book was supposed to be the last of the series so this may well be a stand alone book featuring the places and the characters of the Matilda Saga. I truly believe that Facing the Flame is going to stand convincingly regardless of how familiar you are with the series.

South Australia


Facing the Flame

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ISBN: 9781460753200
ISBN-10: 1460753208
Series: The Matilda Saga
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th November 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43

Jackie French

About the Author

Jackie was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.

Jackie's writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas. 

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.

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