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Topic: John Marsden
Chilled-out Sunday round-up

Chilled-out Sunday round-up

It’s another Tequila sunrise… (For Ken & Teela, the Dude, Brian Wilson bartender, and especially Owen… ) * Check this out. One-eighth Vulture is an online writing mag publishing, promoting and linking writers in two of the UNESCO cities of literature – Melbourne and Edinburgh (my two favourite cities!) The site is very new at the […]

<i>Home and Away</i> – John Marsden & Matt Ottley

Home and Away – John Marsden & Matt Ottley

Lothian, 2008, 9780734410566 (Australia) 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, are placed in a detention camp. The book is heartbreaking, and older kids should read it. Yes, it will make them […]

Two <i>Hamlet</i>s

Two Hamlets

Hamlet: A Novel, John Marsden, Text, 9781921351471, 2008 (Australia) + Hamlet (film), directed by Kenneth Branagh, 1996. John Marsden has always had a distinct ability to grasp and express adolescent experience. His Hamlet: a Novel is highly accessible for an audience familiar with heightened perceptions of desire, deception, unfairness, traps, loneliness, defiance, and existential angst. If you are familiar […]