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In the Gardens they meet a poet. What follows is inexplicable, shocking, a scandal. What really happened that day? Is 'the truth' as elusive as it seems? And do the little girls know more than they are letting on?
A haunting and unforgettable novel from a multi-award-winning author.
'The Golden Day is the sort of book that churns something up deep inside the reader; it will be as hard for an adult to forget as for the young people age 12 and older for whom it is intended.' Meghan Cox Gurdhon, Behind Closed Doors" in The Wall Street Journal Sunday August 11 2013."
Winner of the NSW Premier's award for children's books, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Honour book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival awards for Literature.
“Warm and deeply endearing; I love this remarkable, life-enhancing book.” Sydney Morning Herald
“The brilliant portrayal of wistful 12-year-old Samuel and his obsessive sister Theodora just take one’s breath away.”
“The story sent tears down my cheeks. If goodness is not readily available, but an achievement, so too is writing like this. In my view it is here to be enjoyed by every adult from the ages of ten to a hundred and ten.”
Australian Book Review
The earth smelt strong to Matilda and full of things growing and dying all at the same time. She thought about the grey-green tangled bush at the end of her street, full of cowboys and Red Indians, waiting with their guns and their bows and arrows. She thought about the Japs and the Germans and the shining sword and chocolate biscuits, and the Argonauts sailing across the ocean, and the silver trail of snails on cardboard. She thought about the princess in the film, 'How do you do, so glad you could come, how do you do' and the wonderful butterfly bathroom and poor little Karen and her beautiful red shoes. She thought about the sad smiling man with his chess set and the newsreel and her tennis ball, up and up and up in the air, high as the tallest tree in the Basin, and Uncle Paul with his hands in his pockets, and her mother's red shoe falling down down down into the deep green bush for ever.
Funny, tough-minded and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney in the 1950s at the time of the Petrov Affair. Punctuated by the headlines of the time, it shows with unsettling clarity how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives.
'When Ursula Dubosarsky writes, the ordinary becomes fascinating: every small and unremarkable thing is imbued with the sweetest, softest charm. Reading her novels is like walking through a dream: you know you're not allowed to stay, but you don't want to leave it, and when it's gone, you can't stop thinking about it. In this beautiful story, Dubosarsky proves yet again that she is the most graceful, most original writer for young people in Australia - probably in the world.' Sonya Hartnett
I always want to spend more time with Ursula Dubosarsky's people. They are wise, awkward and funny, and they give off sparks of insight that I want to read aloud to whoever's near ... The Red Shoe says all sorts of juicy things about how history is laid down one sleepy afternoon, one conversation, one crisis at a time.' Margo Lanagan
Her books, let us make no mistake about this, are classics.' Robyn Sheahan-Bright
Hercules Quick dreams of being a magnificent magician. He is saving up to buy a box of magic tricks. Luckily, he has plenty of neighbours who need his help. Whether it's lending a hand to Professor Calamari or doing an out of season spring-clean for Queen Claude, no job is too odd for Hercules.
Need something done? Ask Hercules Quick. Only ten cents!
A hilarious story about an ordinary boy who does a series of odd jobs for his eccentric neighbours, from the bestselling creators of The Terrible Plop. An Australia Reads exclusive story.
“In the circle,” whispered Dr Fleet, “there can be no gaps, no spaces. Loss and gain, a child for a child. There is a circle. A child for a child, for a child.”
The children play with a mysterious doll’s house on a remote Australian property named “Abyssinia”. Or are the children really dolls themselves? Inspired by the historic house and farm at Rouse Hill in the west of Sydney.
“Brilliantly evokes the often-shadowy place of childhood, but at the core is an intriguing story that will have younger readers asking questions that adults won’t be able to answer.” The Age “A wonderful book of great intensity “
Andersen (Italy). Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature and shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. URSULA DUBOSARSKY was born in Sydney and is the author of over 50 books for children and young adults. She has won multiple national literary prizes and has been nominated for both the Hans Christian Anderson and Astrid Lindgren international awards for children’s literature. Cover illustration and design by Amy Golbach
'Open it,' said Rowley . . . Fred, Rowley and Rabbit hardly knew each other before the game. But the game changed everything. It took each of them on an adventure – a terrifying, wonderful journey that they would remember for ever.
There’s a lot going on in eleven-year-old Geraldine’s life. There’s her older sister who always knows everything before she does. There’s her parents, selling the family house because her father’s lost all their money. There’s her neighbour, who disapproves of her two guinea pigs. And then there’s Albertine, the spoilt white guinea pig who’s used to sleeping in human beds that Geraldine was guilted into babysitting by Alma. Alma promised that Albertine wouldn’t be any trouble—boy, was she wrong. Not that it was Albertine’s fault exactly, she wasn’t the one who left the cage door open and she couldn’t have known what would happen. She just was a guinea pig.
‘It’s a wonderful piece of writing that improves on every reading.’ — The Age
‘A sad tale? Actually not. You’ll be moved by the sudden, warm ending; with its lightness and wit, this is a comedy of some depth.’ — The Observer, UK
First published in 1994, The White Guinea Pig won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award.
Ursula Dubosarsky is the 2020–2021 Australian Children’s Laureate and the author of nearly 60 books, many of which have won or been shortlisted for awards. Several of her books include guinea pigs. For more information visit her website ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com.
“What joy to enter again into the convoluted family life of Theodora and Samuel… some of the most attractively real, engaged and engaging characters in youth literature.” Adelaide Advertiser.
“Infused with mysticism and a sense of fate… a poetic account of family life.” Sydney Morning Herald
Ursula Dubosarsky was born in Sydney and is the author of over 50 books for children and young adults. She has won multiple national literary prizes and has been nominated for both the Hans Christian Anderson and Astrid Lindgren international awards for children’s literature.
This is a great little chapter book, and I can see it being wafted under the noses of reluctant readers. Why? The Perplexing Pineapple has charm, wit and a number of intriguing activities tucked inside. This is going to be just right for those who are more 'hands on' learners ... With helpful clues, (which are given great explanations at the back), a great glossary and rollicking storyline The Perplexing Pineapple works on many levels." [mybookcorner.com]"