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Fay lives alone with her father on bleak, windswept Breaksea Island, but her isolated life takes a dramatic turn with the outbreak of World War I.
Fay collects the messages of lonely soldiers heading to the front line. She is their last hope of getting messages telegraphed back home. After their departure for the battlefields of Egypt and Gallipoli, she follows their fortunes and continues her long distance conversations with letters and postcards. Then one day, a single, sad telegram arrives, and the war is brought brutally home.
Based on the true story of Faye Howe, this gentle tale brings to life the hardships of those left at home during the war - waiting, wondering, hoping. Drawing on fascinating archival material, and interweaving fact with fiction, award-winning author Dianne Wolfer deftly recreates this period in Australian history from the perspective of a young girl.
Mum looked down. The possumís nose was peeking out from her bra. She laughed as the scritchy whiskers twitched back and forth. 'Stop it,' I hissed. 'You're embarrassing me!'
Mon is used to being embarrassed by her hippy mother, but when her mum smuggles a baby possum into the class pet show, it's the last straw!
A beautifully designed and illustrated chapter book that will bring smiles to many readers' faces. Highly recommended for early and mid-primary readers. Reading Time
...this engaging story will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt embarrassed by their family (and who hasnít?!). But the animals are the stars of this book and thereís a heap of info and contact numbers at the back Magpies
A picture book produced in collaboration with award winning illustrator, Brian Harrison-Lever. The book was released March 31st 2005 in Perth and Albany.
Set on the Kokoda Track in 1942, one battle is seen through the eyes of an Australian soldier, a Japanese soldier and the families that wait for them.
Here is a stunning book that will force readers, young and old to assess their own beliefs of just war theory. Not to be missed. Reading Time
This book was inspired by a trip I made to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda Track. See the photos from the expedition in the Kokoda Track photo gallery.
When Bay wakes up on her eighth birthday she discovers she can no longer neigh, and that when she tosses her mane it's just hair. Bay tries everything to regain her horsiness. She stamps her feet, swishes her tail and feasts on carrots, but nothing works. And if she isn't a horse, how can she be a member of the Pony Club?
Gently told, delightfully presented, Horse Mad beautifully captures the guileless, sweet ability of very young children to enter their own private world Magpies
This is a fantastic book whitch is going to blow yore head off yore sholders. Kelly H.
Elisabeth's hand trembled as she lifted the jar of warm liquid. She wanted to run away and scream that it was all a mistake, but instead, she took a deep breath and poured her urine over the plastic pregnancy tester. A few drops spilt on the bathroom tiles.
She shivered, it was so unfair. They'd only done it a few times and it hadn't even been that good. Not like it was in books or movies. She looked at her watch and crossed her fingers as her brother rattled the door handle.
'I'm busy!' she yelled.
'All right, keep your hair on.' He walked away. Then the blue lines appeared. Elisabeth stared at the tester and knew that now she had to make a choice.
...a non-judgemental and sensitive exploration of all the issues associated with teenage pregnancy, motherhood and termination; a thought provoking and intelligent novel that provides an excellent basis for classroom discussion of a controversial subject. Australian Standing Orders
...its lack of judgement and unpatronising approach make it one of the best and most hope-filled young adult books I've read. Joanne Shiells - Assistant Editor of Australian Booksellers and Publishers
Dianne Wolfer's sensitive and compelling story about a controversial subject is written in a non-judgemental and informative manner, making the book a genuinely valuable experience for its intended reader. International Specialised Book Services
The Nullabour? How could her parents do this to her? When Cassie's dad is retrenched, her whole world is turned upside down. Their move means leaving all she knows behind - her home, her friends, her school. And Eucla - what a place! It's in the middle of nowhere, and the only other girl she has met so far is three years old! When Cassie meets Ella and Bernie, however, things begin to change - and so does she.
Shortlisted for the Wilderness Society's Environment Award in 1999 and for the WA Young Readers Book Awards in 1999 and 2002.
This was a great book because the author makes the characters into real people, each with his or her own flaws. Reading this book was really fun. Rose - Lyneham High School
As she swam through the waves, Melody had a strange feeling that she was being watched. She stopped... and looked about. There was no one on the beach, perhaps she was mistaken... but the feeling persisted. As she bobbed over a wave, Melody glanced out to sea and suddenly froze. Two dorsel fins were circling less than twenty metres away.
Winner of the FAW (WA) Furphy Award for best published novel in 1995. Third place in WA Young Readers Book Awards in 1996.
A beautiful story of birth and change... The dolphin sequences are pure delight... Dianne Wolfer's book speaks the language of dolphins and teenagers so well. The West Australian
This book is truly beautiful. The way it runs two parallel stories and then brings them together is very clever. I also like the fact that the main character is actually believable (for once). I read it in a day. Samuel - aged 14
The school concert is only five days away and Sarah can't control the butterflys that zoom around inside her tummy. Mum says to ignore them, but that doesn`t work. Maybe Gran can help.......
Butterfly Notes is graded for Year 4 readers.
When Zac decides to enter the annual Ironkid event at the surf club, everyone is surprised. Including him. Usually he just lazes about in the ocean, but this year Zac feels like having a go...
Ironkid is graded for Year 5 readers.
Billy and his brother Andrew always did exciting things together. When they were together, Billy forgot he was different. But when Andrew went away to high school, everything for Billy seemed to change...
Being Billy is graded for Year 6 readers.
It seemed like I'd waited forever to turn twelve - the age when I could learn to dive. Now I was finally learning the skills. All was going well until I had to take off my mask underwater...
David doesn't want to go hiking through muddy, mosquito-infested jungle with a bunch of bug fanatics, but his mother thinks it will be a great 'mother-and-son' adventure. The trek isn't as bad as David imagined, until his mother slips, then suddenly every changes.