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Read the un-put-down-able history of Down Under – unexpected, heroic and sometimes tragic. But never ever boring.
The true story of Australia starts with a piece of land that went for a swim. About 200 million of years ago it floated away from Africa. Very, very, slowly. It was home to dinosaurs and giant animals, then the first Australians showed up and got comfortable. And for a long time this wild and wonderful land was a mystery to the rest of the world. Until the English decided to make it the biggest jail ever . . .
Funny, heroic and tragic - the story of our country from prehistory to federation.
About the Authors
Terry Denton has been illustrating and writing children’s books for over 30 years. His many acclaimed books include The Upside-down History of Downunder with Alison Lloyd, and The Worm Who Knew Karate with Jill Lever, as well as the Gasp! books and animated TV series, and the Just! books and the Treehouse series with Andy Griffiths. He has worked with many of Australia's top authors, won more than 40 children’s choice awards and been shortlisted many times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. His Felix and Alexander won Picture Book of the Year in 1986.
Alison Lloyd started learning Chinese in school because it was a challenge, then later went to live in China for two years - she was living there when army tanks rolled in to suppress the student movement in 1989. Alison loves history - both the big sweep of events and the little details of how people lived. Her favourite stories are about people's deep feelings - hope and despair, loyalty and betrayal, love and loss. Put these things together in a book and she can't put it down. That's why she wrote her first novel Year of the Tiger , and it's sequel Battle of the Jade Horse . She is also the author of the CBCA shortlisted non-fiction - Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors - and the Letty books in the Australian Girl series. Before she wrote Year of the Tiger, Alison worked for the Australian Government, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Alison lives in Melbourne with her family.
ISBN: 9780143788669 ISBN-10: 0143788663 Audience:
For Ages: 9+ years old For Grades: 4+ Format:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 1st October 2018 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.6
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1