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The Journey - John Marsden

Paperback Published: 1st July 1990
ISBN: 9780330271714
Number Of Pages: 186
For Ages: 6+ years old

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A book for all people. And all who read it will be changed by the experience.

When Argus leaves home at fourteen every reader will travel with him.

And what happens to Argus will resonate deep inside every one of us.

Adventure, fear, passion: failure and success. These are the elements of The Journey, a book that dares to be different.

The Journey is a story of young people in a world so different and yet so like our own. It is a world in which young people must undertake a journey of discovery on their way to becoming adults.

Argus sets out on his journey away from his valley and his parents, never knowing what adventure will befall him next. He learns how to survive in the wild until he meets with a travelling fair, which he joins, becoming a friend of Mayon the storyteller, of Lavolta and Parara–twins who share the same body–and many others.

But it is with the sweet and wise Temora that he learns some of the deepest secrets.

All journeys must find an end. Argus leaves the fair and travels on alone, until his last and greatest adventure beckons him home. There he tells, for the approval of his elders, the seven stories which are now his story. But all is not done.

There is one more chapter to be lived out in the story of Argus.

About the Author

John Marsden is Australia's bestselling author for teenagers and a highly acclaimed picture book writer. His titles include Winter, The Head Book, The Boy You Brought Home and Millie.

John Marsden lives at the Tye Estate, just outside of Melbourne, where he opened a school called Candlebark in January 2006. The school currently has 52 students, ranging from Prep to Year 7.


A must read for preteens and their parents


Provides a great perspective of what it means to become and adult. A book my children loved when they were 10-13 years old and my copy has been loaned and read by so many other pre - teens it wore out and I have had to replace it.

Bunbury WA


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ISBN: 9780330271714
ISBN-10: 0330271717
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 1st July 1990
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1

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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