Picture Book: The Arrival by Shaun Tan details the journey of an immigrant by taking the reader into a world where nothing is familiar. The world that is created is amazing, but the art that makes up the book is even more astounding. It is typical of all the work that Tan creates and is one book of many that can be for adults and children. This is a story about migrants, refugees and displaced people who have made this journey.
Novel: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. In 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys
Picture Book: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. Themes: Belonging Description: A story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs. Now an Oscar winning short film.
Novel: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. Christopher is autistic. At 15, his carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.He decides to track down the real killer. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths.
Novel: William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to NSW for the term of his natural life. He arrives in a harsh land to a life that feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought - an opportunity to start afresh on lush, 'unclaimed' land away from the infant township of Sydney, up the Hawkesbury River. As Thornhill and his family stake their claim the river, the battle lines between old and new settlers are drawn.
Novel: The novel is set in a coastal town in South Australia. It follows a year in the life of fourteen year-old Gary ‘Blacky’ Black and his friend Dumby Red, one of the local Aboriginal boys. Blacky is smart, articulate and has seven siblings. He lives in a South Australian country town, and through his friendship with Dumby, a Koori from the same area, he learns what sort of person he would like to be.
Novel & Movie: Set in the American rural South in 1906, a young coloured woman has her two children taken away from her to an unknown destination. With the support and friendship of a remarkable woman, she gradually changes her life.