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An unforgettable collection of short fiction, poetry and comic art from Australia and beyond . . .
A boy who tries to fly, a cricket game in a refugee centre, a government guide to kissing, the perils of hunting goannas, an arranged marriage, an awkward blind date, a girl who stands on her head, an imprisoned king and a cursed Maori stone . . .
Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, always compelling, this collection featuring both established writers and emerging talent will broaden your horizons and excite your imagination.
About the Authors
Dr Pam Macintyre teaches language and literacy and children's and young adult literature at The University of Melbourne. She is the editor of the quarterly review journal Viewpoint. She has been a judge for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Aurealis Awards and CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and is co-author of Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading.
Dr Susan La Marca is a consultant in the areas of children's and young adult literature and school libraries and currently Head of Library and Information Services at Genazzano FCJ College in Melbourne. Susan is the editor of Synergy, the research journal of the School Library Association of Victoria and associate editor of the journal Viewpoint and was the CBCA Victorian judge in 2006-2007. Susan is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.
Susan has edited Back to Books: Creating a Focus on Fiction, Books up Front: Investing in the Value of Reading, Effective Learning Spaces: Inspiration for School Library Design (and Rethink: Ideas for Inspiring School Library Design, and is co-author of Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading and author of Designing the Learning Environment.
Susan La Marca & Pam Macintyre
Ernest Hemingway is reputed to have said his best work was a short story in six words:
'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.'
There's something appealing about an economical story, whether it be prose or poetry, written or visual; how writers, poets and illustrators can compress ideas, feelings, characters and settings into a few frames, lines and words.
The stories in this collection were selected with the curriculum in mind and for their appeal to Year Seven and Eight readers.
Writers were offered free range to choose genre, location or form. Contributing authors include established writers who will be familiar to many readers, along with some whose work might be met for the first time.
Some of the stories are playful, inviting us to see the world as a place of wonder and ambiguity, while others are set firmly in the day-to-day life of family, school, friendship and holidays. There are stories that take us to past times, to new shores, and inside diverse cultures, and others that are set in created worlds that excite imaginations.
Indigenous Australian voices, the voices of newcomers to Australian society, and voices from Asia and the Pacific region enrich the collection. Urban and rural Australia are the backdrop for both serious and humorous events. Stories from beyond Australia give readers an insight into the culture and lives of people from various countries on our region's map, and offer a different way of seeing the world.
Poems are included in this collection, some because they tell a story and others because they capture a moment or experience in the same way that a story does. Illustrated stories using photographs or a comic book format, or that play with fonts, demonstrate the importance of visual images to storytelling and the role powerful images can play in creating, extending and adding depth to a narrative.
We thank the writers for their stories and poems, and recommend their other works to readers, who are sure to find there the reasons we all read: to escape, to find new horizons, to see ourselves in a new light and, above all, for pleasure and delight.
ISBN: 9780143565314 ISBN-10: 0143565311 Audience:
For Ages: 13+ years old For Grades: 9 - 10 Format:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 22nd February 2012 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1