The Blue Cat

The Blue Cat 1

by Ursula Dubosarsky

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/03/2017

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From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship with a young Australian girl.

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English,' the children whispered.

Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger.

She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat...

'Bright and strange, full of dread and mystery and beauty' Sonya Hartnett

Ages: 10-14

ISBN:
9781760292294
9781760292294
Category:
Children's
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-03-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
176
Dimensions (mm):
208x138mm
Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula was born and grew up in Sydney in a family of writers, and wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the author of over 50 books for children and young adults and her work is published all over the world.

She has won several national literary awards, including the Victorian, Queensland and South Australian State Awards for literature, and has also won the NSW Premier's Literary Award a record five times, more than any other writer in the history of the awards.

Internationally she has been nominated for both the Hans Christian Andersen award and the Astrid Lindgren prize. She has a PhD in English literature and currently lives in Sydney.

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  • Intelligent wartime fiction for young readers

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    This beautifully packaged book introduces characters that are instantly relatable for young readers while looking back to the time of the Second World War - an unrecognisable Sydney, isolated and under real threat from abroad. An intelligent and accessible read, complimented by historical text and photography that grows the world of this short novel without making the read any heavier than is perfectly necessary. I enjoyed this so much more than some of the wartime stories I read in school.