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Sonya Hartnett - Author

About the Author

Sonya Hartnett was born in Melbourne, the second of six children. Her first book, Trouble All the Way, was written when she was just thirteen and published two years later. Since then she has gone on to write numerous successful novels, including The Ghost's Child, and has won many awards including the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the prestigious Age Book of the Year in Australia and most recently the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2008. Sonya lives in Australia.

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Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Ever since Dad went off the deep end and decided he didn't need to work anymore - insisting the Lord would provide - Satchel O'Rye has felt stuck for life in his dying country town. A high school dropout drifting from one small carpentry job to the next, Satchel can see nothing beyond his own dreary duty to help keep the family afloat. But things start to change when he spies a strange doglike animal at a nearby mountain - and mentions the fact to Chelsea Piper, an awkward young woman considered the local pariah. Could the animal he saw be a Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial thought to be extinct? And if they found it again, could it give them both a new chance at life? A mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival by an international award-winning author and the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize.

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

A mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival by an international award-winning author and the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize.Ever since Dad went off the deep end and decided he didn't need to work anymore -- insisting the Lord would provide -- Satchel O'Rye has felt stuck for life in his dying country town. A high school dropout drifting from one small carpentry job to the next, Satchel can see nothing beyond his own dreary duty to help keep the family afloat. But things start to change when he spies a strange doglike animal at a nearby mountain -- and mentions the fact to Chelsea Piper, an awkward young woman considered the local pariah. Could the animal he saw be a Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial thought to be extinct? And if they found it again, could it give them both a new chance at life?A mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival by an international award-winning author and the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize.

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

A mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival by an international award-winning author and the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize.Ever since Dad went off the deep end and decided he didn't need to work anymore -- insisting the Lord would provide -- Satchel O'Rye has felt stuck for life in his dying country town. A high school dropout drifting from one small carpentry job to the next, Satchel can see nothing beyond his own dreary duty to help keep the family afloat. But things start to change when he spies a strange doglike animal at a nearby mountain -- and mentions the fact to Chelsea Piper, an awkward young woman considered the local pariah. Could the animal he saw be a Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial thought to be extinct? And if they found it again, could it give them both a new chance at life?A mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival by an international award-winning author and the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize.

What the Birds See

What the Birds See

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Three children go to the shop to buy ice-cream and never return home. The year is 1977. Nine-year-old Adrian lives with his gran and his uncle Rory. He loves to draw and he wants a dog. He's afraid of quicksand, shopping centers and self-combustion. But as closely as he watches his suburban world, there is much he cannot understand. He does not, for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice-cream one summer's day and never be seen again... In this suburb that is no longer safe and innocent, in a broken family of self-absorbed souls, Sonya Hartnett sets the story of a lone little boy - unwanted, unloved and intensely curious - a story as achingly beautiful as it is shattering. As her quiet tale ominously unfolds, we are reminded of how fragile are the threads that hold us secure - and how brave, how precious, is the heart of each child who soldiers on.

What the Birds See

What the Birds See

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2018

Three children go to the shop to buy ice-cream and never return home.The year is 1977. Nine-year-old Adrian lives with his gran and his uncle Rory. He loves to draw and he wants a dog. He's afraid of quicksand, shopping centres and self-combustion. But as closely as he watches his suburban world, there is much he cannot understand. He does not, for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice-cream one summer's day and never be seen again...In this suburb that is no longer safe and innocent, in a broken family of self-absorbed souls, Sonya Hartnett sets the story of a lone little boy - unwanted, unloved and intensely curious - a story as achingly beautiful as it is shattering. As her quiet tale ominously unfolds, we are reminded of how fragile are the threads that hold us secure - and how brave, how precious, is the heart of each child who soldiers on.

Surrender

Surrender

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Gripping psychological thriller by international award-winning author As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years, living in an unforgiving town with distant, punitive parents who ensure he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog, Surrender, and the unruly wild boy, Finnigan, a shadowy doppelganger with whom the meek Gabriel once made a boyhood pact. But when a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realizes how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. As events begin to spiral violently out of control, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

A moving and epic tale of one family's fortunes in the 1920s Australian outback, winner of the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. During the long, hungry years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute's family struggles to cope with life on the hot, dusty land. Her younger brother Tin seeks refuge in the contrast of an ancient subterranean world. A world that nurtures, but - as disturbing events in the community reveal - can also kill. A world that is silent, yet absorbs secrets. A world that has the power to change lives for ever.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2017

During the long, hungry years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute's family struggles to cope with life on the hot, dusty land. Her younger brother Tin seeks refuge in the contrast of an ancient subterranean world. A world that nurtures but - as disturbing events in the community reveal - can also kill. A world that is silent, yet absorbs secrets. A world that has the power to change lives for ever. Sometimes you have to dig deep to survive...

Midnight Zoo

Midnight Zoo

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

A brilliantly told magical story that questions what it means to be free.World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, bear, lioness, seal, chamois and llama. The animals tell their stories to the children as they try to begin to understand what has become of their lives and, when they try to figure out a way to release the animals, what it means to be free.

The Midnight Zoo

The Midnight Zoo

Author: Sonya Hartnett, Jon McNaught Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

A brilliantly told magical story that questions what it means to be free. World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, bear, lioness, seal, chamois and llama. The animals tell their stories to the children as they try to begin to understand what has become of their lives and, when they try to figure out a way to release the animals, what it means to be free.

The Ghost's Child

The Ghost's Child

Author: Sonya Hartnett, Jon McNaught Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

A novel that explores the many varieties of love, by one of the very best contemporary writers. This magical story, told in the elevated tone of a fable, begins with a visit by a teenage boy to the home of 75-year-old Matilda. She tells him the story of her life with Feather, a man who lived by the sea and had a great affinity for birds and wild creatures. She speaks of her love for him and how, long ago, she had become pregnant but miscarried, and he left her. Her grief was inconsolable for a very long time and she longed to find Feather to ask him, How can you know love, and lose it, and go on living without it, and not feel the loss for ever? She eventually finds Feather and he answers her question, and in doing so helps her to deal with her overwhelming loss.

The Silver Donkey

The Silver Donkey

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2006

One morning in the woods of France, a blinded soldier, is found by two sisters, Coco and Marcelle. In return for their kindness the soldier tells the sisters marvellous tales, connected to the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a tiny, silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle to help the soldier reach home, the sisters learn the truth behind the silver donkey and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty and courage.

Surrender

Surrender

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2005

Gabriel is dying from an undisclosed illness. He relives his brief twenty years, remembering his parents' over-protectiveness, his wild friend Finnigan who encouraged him to do terrible things, and his dear dog Surrender. Told from the perspectives of Gabriel and Finnigan, this is a brilliant, chilling novel that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2004

In a dying country town lives Satchel O'Rye, a young man fighting the future; Chelsea Piper, a young woman fighting the past; and a long-lost creature that can teach them both the art of survival.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2003

What's the hook? Mesmerising writing and a stunning story draws the reader in from the beginning. What are the themes? Families, generations, love and other cultures. Teaching points? An excellent model for exploring metaphor and symbolism with lyrical descriptive passages that offer fantastic models for pupils' own writing. This different culture text offers cross-curricular links to History and Geography.

What the Birds See

What the Birds See

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2003

On a late autumn day in 1977 a fishing boat dredges the carcass of a huge sea monster from the black waters of the Pacific. In a peaceful suburban neighbourhood, three children go to the shop to buy ice-cream and never return home. These events trouble Adrian, but then most things do. He's afraid of quicksand, tidal waves, self-combustion, shopping centres... A timid boy, who says little and does what he's told, he finds there is much in his world that he cannot understand. He lives with his gran and his Uncle Rory; his only friend is Clinton Tull, his one talent is for drawing. The routine of his life rarely changes - until the day the new children arrive in the house across the street. Then everything changes. Sonya Hartnett's dark, poignant and suspenseful novel perfectly captures the tenderness, cruelty and skewed perceptions of childhood.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Author: Sonya Hartnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2002

During the long, hungry years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute's family struggles to cope with life on the hot, dusty land. Her younger brother Tin seeks refuge in the contrast of an ancient subterranean world. A world that nurtures but - as disturbing events in the community reveal - can also kill. A world that is silent, yet absorbs secrets. A world that has the power to change lives for ever. Sometimes you have to dig deep to survive...

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