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Thursday, July 10, 2014


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Lara Starr

If I may, Chronicle's upcoming MG The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee was written by an Aussie and first published in the land down under and JUST got a great review in PW!

“Jonsberg has created a memorable heroine in Candice, whose determined attempts to heal her family and understand her place in the world will stick with readers.”—Publishers Weekly



There you go. I'll read it!


Isabelle Carmody :)

Pauline McLeod

Great article and we would love more of our friends in the rest of the world read our literature. You might like to have a look at our bookclub reviews http://riverbendschoolsbookclub.wordpress.com/ - not all of our books that we are choose are Australian but generally half of the books that we discuss are local.



Cath Crowley's "Graffiti Moon" was fantastic -- YA, funny and lyrical and romantic and energetic.

Ms. Yingling

I enjoy books from Australia (my favorite- http://www.randaabdelfattah.com/), but they don't do all that well with my students. Even when I tell them the books take place in another country, there is some sort of cognitive disconnect that occurs. The people seem just like them, and THEN they come out with sentences that don't make any sense at all.

My international thought of the week was this: why are the vast majority of British parents portrayed as being really dysfunctional? Harry Potter's home life is starting to seem more the UK norm. Am working on lists to support hypothesis..


Ooh I love Randa Abdel Fattah! I didn't realize she was from Australia! I haven't read Cath Crowley OR Isobelle Carmody and I will go looking for them.

AND Karen, I think British parents are portrayed as so dysfunctional because I think the whole darn country has an inferiority complex. Losing the Empire, economy going to crap, utter insignificance on the global stage - I think that's why so much British literature is tinged with nostalgia and only the kids are good people.

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