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Home and Away : Lothian Australian Favou - John Marsden

Home and Away

Lothian Australian Favou

By: John Marsden, Matt Ottley (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 26th July 2016
ISBN: 9780734417190
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 11+ years old

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A dramatic picture book for older readers that poses the question - what would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees? This classic CBCA Shortlisted book is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.

We're a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores . . . Then one day things change.

'April 26, Dad burns the toast, yells at Toby, thanks me for cleaning the cab of the truck, kisses Mum and Toby, then he's gone . . .

April 27, the war starts . . .

May 21, the city's in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . .

September 13, Dad's hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . .

September 28, it's just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . .

September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .'

The powerful and thought-provoking CBCA Honour Book HOME AND AWAY is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES.



About the Author

Matt Ottley is one of Australia's most acclaimed children's author/illustrators and his works have been translated into several languages. He also works as a composer and musician. Matt's works include What Faust Saw, Luke's Way Of Looking (CBCA Honour Book, 2000), Requiem For A Beast (CBCA Picture Book of the Year and Queensland Premier's Award for YA Fiction 2008), Home And Away (CBCA Honour Book 2009) and Parachute (CBCA Honour Book 2014).

Industry Reviews

This is my picture book of 2008 - a poignant and necessary story of an ordinary Australian family who find themselves in the midst of a war, and as refugees - CRIKEY

so powerful, so moving and so heartbreaking that every Australian should be encouraged to read it - READINGS

ISBN: 9780734417190
ISBN-10: 0734417195
Series: Lothian Australian Favou
Audience: Children
For Ages: 11+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 26th July 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 23.0  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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John Marsden

About the Author


A trained educator with a natural gift for storytelling, John Marsden is arguably Australia’s foremost writer of Young Adult fiction.

Whilst working at the prestigious Geelong Grammar School, Marsden made the decision to write for teenagers, following his dissatisfaction with his students’ apathy towards reading and the observation that teenagers simply weren’t reading any more. Marsden then wrote So Much To Tell You in only three weeks, and the book was published in 1987. The book sold record numbers and won numerous awards including “Book of the Year” as awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In 1993 Marsden published Tomorrow, When the War Began the first book in the Tomorrow series and his most acclaimed and best-selling work to date. Recently it was selected in the American Library Association list of 100 Best Books for Teens since 1966.

Marsden has won every major writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction, including what Marsden describes as one of the highlights of his career, the 2006 Lloyd O’Neil Award for contributions to Australian publishing. This award means that Marsden is one of only five authors to be honoured for lifelong services to the Australian book industry. John Marsden was also nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2008, the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award, and the second largest literature prize in the world.

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