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Ned Kelly November – Peter Carey, Robert Drewe and Noelene Allen

For my last stand in Ned Kelly November, I thought I would look at some adult books on Ned (one biography, two fiction) . The first was a biography on Ned’s Mother by Noelene Allen Ellen A Woman of Spirit.  This was very sympathetic to Ellen Kelly and doesn’t present her as the ‘desperate for … Continue reading

Ned Kelly November – Ned Kelly’s Secret

Sophie Masson – Ned Kelly’s Secret –  from boy to bushranger Hugo and his father are travelling through Australia, on the trail of tales of the gold rush. But after they’re ambushed on the road by the notorious outlaw Harry Power, they decide to chase something wilder and far more exciting – the stories of … Continue reading

Ned Kelly November – The Hunt for Ned Kelly

Today is the 11th of November and apart from being Remembrance Day (marking the end of WW1) and the day Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was dismissed in 1975 (“a day which will live in infamy”.) it is also the day that Ned Kelly was hanged in 1880.   This month, I have decided to do Ned … Continue reading

Speculative September James Roy – Ichabod Hart & the Lighthouse Mystery

This fits into the steampunk part of speculative fiction (mix of history and fantasy). It poses various what if scenarios: What if the French settled (invaded)Australia at the same time as the English? What if convicts could be made to work even harder? This is a mystery/fantasy that is mixed up with the steam era (hence steampunk) where a … Continue reading

Joking June – Keepinitreal

Don Henderson keepinitreal Stevie Goodes, the teen narrator of the story “about how I stopped being an egg headed idiot” is the local “refundables” (recycling) collector.  Excessively shy and somewhat forgotten by society (he was left in a dumpster as a baby), Stevie lives with Uncle Boff and Auntie Peg in Victory Gardens, an (Australian) … Continue reading

Australian April or Magic May?

Michael Pryor – Blaze of Glory The dilemma for me for this book is do I put it in Australian April or Magic May? As we are at the end of the month and start of May I return to the question from the start of April-  how do you define a book as being Australian? … Continue reading

Australian April – Things a map won’t show you

Things a map won’t show you – stories from Australia and beyond.  Edited by Susan LaMarca and Pam McIntyre. Finding a good short story collection is a never ending quest for an English teacher (and their TL) and in this book I may have found the holy grail!  My attention was drawn to this book … Continue reading

Australian April = ANZAC April

Given that Wednesday (25th  April) is Anzac Day it seems appropriate that bookgenremonthly’s Australian focus for April extends itself into Australian and New Zealand stories of war. There are MANY quality novels that can help young adults understand the impact of war but for this blog entry I am going to mainly limit myself to … Continue reading

Australian April – Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey I decided to do this book for genre monthly as it has caused some controversy at a local school where it has been book-listed as a Year 10 text replacing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Whether the issue is the content or that it has replaced the much loved … Continue reading

Australian April – Is there a great Australian novel?

The following article “Australian language, letters and literature” written by Kathryn Wells in 2007 (URL, retrieved 8/3/12). Identifies the following as themes in Aust Lit (amongst others) •experiences in a new country •injustice •solitude and grandeur of a landscape that dwarfs its people •life, landscape and traditions of Australian, and its influence on human … Continue reading

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