Author(s): John Marsden; Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
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 . . .
May 21, the city's in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . .
September 13, Dad's hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . .
September 28, it's just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . .
September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .'
Powerful and thought-provoking, HOME AND AWAY is a CBCA Honour Book.
'so powerful, so moving and so heartbreaking that every Australian should be encouraged to read it' READINGS
John Marsden is Australia s most popular writer of young adult fiction. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and he has won, or been short-listed for, every major award for young adult literature in Australia, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, the National Children s Book awards and numerous children's choice awards. The gripping war series, which began with TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, has broken all sales records for young adult fiction and was recently released as a feature film. SO MUCH TO TELL YOU, originally published in 1987, was his first young adult novel.
Matt Ottley is one of Australia's most acclaimed children's author/illustrators and his works have been translated into several languages. He also works as a composer and musician. Matt's works include WHAT FAUST SAW, LUKE'S WAY OF LOOKING (CBCA Honour Book, 2000), REQUIEM FOR A BEAST (CBCA Picture Book of the Year and Queensland Premier's Award for YA Fiction 2008), HOME AND AWAY (CBCA Honour Book 2009) and PARACHUTE (CBCA Honour Book 2014).