Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

'Now then,' thought Abigail, 'something very weird has happened to me. I'm in the last century. I don't know why, and that doesn't matter. I've got to get back.' Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.

Playing Beatie Bow: Australian Children's Classics

Australian Children's Classics

Playing Beatie Bow: Australian Children's Classics

'Now then,' thought Abigail, 'something very weird has happened to me. I'm in the last century. I don't know why, and that doesn't matter. I've got to get back.' Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.

The Fiction Gateway

Enriching the Curriculum with Children's Literature

The Fiction Gateway

"What's a good book for me to read next?" In this brand new guide, two experienced school librarians set out to answer that question by providing a selection of books â?? for librarians, teachers, and parents â?? from which to choose the most appropriate book for a child to read. The Fiction Gateway is an essential resource that supports individual, group, and social reading programs. The book provides an instant guide to matching children's interests with suitable reading material. Each entry contains a brief synopsis of the plot, publisher details, theme correlations, concepts, appropriate reading level, questions for discussion, an excerpt of the book, and a range of post-reading activities. The Fiction Gateway contains a variety of entries, including many familiar childrenâ??s literature titles, such as: Are You There God? Itâ??s Me, Margaret â?¢ Ark in the Park â?¢ The Bamboo Flute â?¢ Bridge to Terabithia â?¢ Buzzard Breath and Brains â?¢ Catastrophe Cat â?¢ Charlotte's Web â?¢ Deep Water â?¢ Donâ??t Call Me Ishmael â?¢ The Gizmo â?¢ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone â?¢ Hating Alison Ashley â?¢ The Incredible Journey â?¢ The Invention of Hugo Cabret â?¢ Island of the Blue Dolphins â?¢ The Jungle Book â?¢ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe â?¢ The Little Prince â?¢ Macbeth and Son â?¢ The Mostly True Story of Matthew and Trim â?¢ My Side of the Mountain â?¢ Pigs Do Fly (Itâ??s True!) â?¢ The Quicksand Pony â?¢ Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes â?¢ Secrets of Eromanga â?¢ Spaghetti Legs â?¢ The Twenty-seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race â?¢ When the Tripods Came â?¢ and many more.

Playing Beatie Bow Popular Penguin

Playing Beatie Bow Popular Penguin

The game is called Beatie Bow and the children play it for the thrill of scaring themselves. But when Abigail is drawn in, the game is quickly transformed into an extraordinary, sometimes horrifying, adventure as she finds herself transported to a place that is foreign yet strangely familiar . . .

Books in the Life of a Child

Books in the Life of a Child

Explores the history and development of children's literature in Australia

Ruth Park

A Celebration

Ruth Park

Each year, the Friends of the National Library of Australia celebrate the work of an eminent figure in the world of Australian literature and publishing. This publication celebrates the remarkable contribution of Ruth Park.

Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism

Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism

Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism examines those fundamental themes which inform our understanding of "the teenager"—themes that emerge in both literary and cultural contexts. Models of adolescence do not arise solely from discourses of psychology, sociology, and education. Rather, these models—frameworks including developmentalism, identity formation, social agency, and subjectivity in cultural space—can also be found represented symbolically in fantastic tropes such as metamorphosis, time-slip, hauntings, doppelgangers, invisibility, magic gifts, and witchcraft. These are the incredible, supernatural, and magical elements that invade the everyday and diurnal world of fantastic realism. In this original study, Alison Waller proposes a new critical term to categorize a popular and established genre in literature for teenagers: young adult fantastic realism. Though fantastic realism plays a crucial part in the short history of young adult literature, up until now this genre has typically been overlooked or subsumed into the wider class of fantasy. Touching on well-known authors including Robert Cormier, Melvin Burgess, Gillian Cross, Margaret Mahy, K.M. Peyton and Robert Westall, as well as previously unexamined writers, Waller explores the themes and ideological perspectives embedded in fantastic realist novels in order to ask whether parallel realities and fantastic identities produce forms of adolescence that are dynamic and subversive. One of the first studies to deal with late twentieth-century fantastic literature for young adults, this book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of adult attitudes toward adolescent identity.

Children's Fiction Sourcebook

A Survey of Children's Books for 6-13 Year Olds

Children's Fiction Sourcebook

First published in 1992, this Sourcebook is a basic working tool for all those concerned with children’s reading. It will help librarians and teachers to select a comprehensive stock of children’s’ fiction for their institutions.The authors in the sourcebook have been selected on the grounds of importance, popularity and current availability. Author entries are arranged in alphabetical order and indexes provided by title, series, age-range and genre. Each entry consists of some background information, and evaluative comment on style of the book, a list of the authors books with publisher, date and price, and literary agent where applicable. There is a suggestion of similar authors, sequels, related series and reader age range.

Honey for a Teen's Heart

Using Books to Communicate with Teens

Honey for a Teen's Heart

Help Your Teen Catch the Lifelong Reading Bug.Honey for a Teen’s Heart spells out how good books can help you and your teenager communicate heart-to-heart about ideas, values, and the various issues of a Christian worldview. Sharing the adventure of a book lets both of you know the same people, see the same sights, face the same choices, and feel the same emotions. Life spills out of books--giving you plenty to talk about! But Honey for a Teen’s Heart will do more than strengthen the bonds between you and your son or daughter. You’ll also learn how to help your teen catch the reading habit and become a lover of good books. Gladys Hunt’s insights on how to read a book, what to look for in a book, and how to question what you read will challenge you and your teenager alike. It’s training for life! And it’s fabulous preparation for teens entering college. Including an annotated list of over four hundred books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart gives you expert guidance on the very best books for teens.