HOME AND AWAY
by JOHN MARSDEN , Illustrated by MATT OTTLEY
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Brand new hardcover book with beautiful colour pictures. 48 pages, published 2008
Mum is a rehab counselor for people with alcohol problems. Grandma Raynor lives next door.
Dad is a driver for Elgas. Then there’s me, fifteen, into a lot of different stuff. Music, surfing,
animals, tennis, swimming, computer games. And my sister, Claire, and brother Toby. 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.
Everyone wants a place of safety, a place to share with the people they love. A place to relax. A home. Right now, more than a billion people
don’t have a home – that’s one in seven of the world’s population.
What would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees?
About the author:
John Marsden is one of the most popular writers of young adult fiction. His books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and he has won or been shortlisted for every major award for children’s and young adult literature in Australia, including CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Children’s Book of the Year and Picture Book of the Year, the National Book Award and numerous others. His first book, So Much to Tell You, was published in 1987 and because of its enormous popularity is also available now in a play version. The gripping war series which began with Tomorrow, When the War Began has broken all sales records for young adult fiction, and Burning for Revenge won the Bookdata ABA Book of the Year in 1996. John’s move into picture books has been highly acclaimed, following the release of Prayer for the 21st Century in 1997 and The Rabbits, illustrated by Shaun Tan, which was named CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 1999. After more than thirty books John is arguably one of the best known and most respected novelists for young adults. He lives near Melbourne where he is Principal of Candlebark School.
About the illustrator:
After almost failing high school in Sydney, Matt Ottley lived the itinerant life of a stockman for some years on cattle stations in Queensland, before returning to Sydney to study fine arts and music.
He has now been published in several different languages around the world. Matt also works as a composer and flamenco guitarist.
His most recent book, Requiem for a Beast, won CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for 2008.
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Home and Away by John Marsden and Matt Ottley