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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).
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
Series: Lothian Australian Favou
For Ages: 11+ years old
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 26th July 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 23.0
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1