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Ursula Dubosarsky - Author

About the Author

Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. About The Golden Day, her first book for Walker, she says, The little girls watch, wonder, respond, change and grow -and then they're gone, for ever. This element of the story, I suppose, is at least partly autobiographical. But, as I say - all of our teachers come home safe and sound in the end. Ursula lives in Australia.

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Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2019

The Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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 ...

Too Many Elephants in this House

Too Many Elephants in this House

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2017

Reindeer's Christmas Surprise

Reindeer's Christmas Surprise

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky, Sue DeGennaro Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2015

It's Christmastime in Australia, and Reindeer has great fun giving presents to his friends - Cat, Dog and Guinea Pig. But even when it's warm and sunny outside, it's hard to be far from home and family on Christmas Eve. Luckily, Christmas is a time for exciting surprises, and this year Reindeer might just get one of his very own ...'What's inside - what can it be? Open it and you will see!'

Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Dismal Daffodil

Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Dismal Daffodil

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Coco is the well-respected, if somewhat easily startled Chief of Police in Buenos Aires. Alberta is his more sensible cousin. Together they crack the cases that confound this puzzling city. Alberta is helping her cousin Coco, the Chief of Police, solve a top-secret case. In the beautiful Japanese garden of Buenos Aires, one daffodil will not stop drooping. Is someone trying to destroy the serene beauty of this oriental oasis?

The Red Shoe

The Red Shoe

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

A beautifully written story about an ordinary family living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney during the 1950s. A beautifully written story about an ordinary family living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney during the 1950s, against the backdrop of such world events as the Cold War and the threat of the H bomb, the unrest in Indo China and the high profile case of KGB defector Vladimir Petrov. The story is chronicled by six-year-old Matilda, who sees but doesn't understand what is going on around her. Her sister Frances is troubled by the death of a friend, their sister Elizabeth, who decides she will not to return to school, becomes obsessed with reading the newspaper. Their father is often away and when he is, Uncle Paul seems always to be around. Mysterious people move in next door and one day, when she is at the pictures, Matilda notices that the Russian man in the newsreel looks just like one of the new neighbours. A novel that works on many levels, this is nothing short of Ursula Dubosarsky writing at the height of her powers.

Red Shoe

Red Shoe

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2015

A beautifully written story about an ordinary family living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney during the 1950s.A beautifully written story about an ordinary family living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney during the 1950s, against the backdrop of such world events as the Cold War and the threat of the H bomb, the unrest in Indo China and the high profile case of KGB defector Vladimir Petrov. The story is chronicled by six-year-old Matilda, who sees but doesn't understand what is going on around her. Her sister Frances is troubled by the death of a friend, their sister Elizabeth, who decides she will not to return to school, becomes obsessed with reading the newspaper. Their father is often away and when he is, Uncle Paul seems always to be around. Mysterious people move in next door and one day, when she is at the pictures, Matilda notices that the Russian man in the newsreel looks just like one of the new neighbours. A novel that works on many levels, this is nothing short of Ursula Dubosarsky writing at the height of her powers.

Golden Day

Golden Day

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2014

When their teacher goes missing during an outing, eleven girls grapple with the aftermath in this haunting, exquisitely told psychological thriller.The Vietnam War rages overseas but back home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing during a school outing. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important - who can they tell about it? In beautifully crafted prose that shimmers and fades, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives for ever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it take to come of age with courage.

The Dismal Daffodil: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 4

The Dismal Daffodil: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 4

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2014

Coco is the well-respected, if somewhat easily startled Chief of Police in Buenos Aires. Alberta is his more sensible cousin. Together they crack the cases that confound this puzzling city.Alberta is helping her cousin Coco, the Chief of Police, solve a top-secret case. In the beautiful Japanese garden of Buenos Aires, one daffodil will not stop drooping. Is someone trying to destroy the serene beauty of this oriental oasis?

The Golden Day

The Golden Day

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

When their teacher goes missing during an outing, eleven girls grapple with the aftermath in this haunting, exquisitely told psychological thriller. The Vietnam War rages overseas but back home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing during a school outing. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important - who can they tell about it? In beautifully crafted prose that shimmers and fades, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives for ever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.

Der kurzeste Tag des Jahres

Der kurzeste Tag des Jahres

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: eBook Release Date: 19/07/2013

Um die Liebe seiner Ehefrau zu testen, erfindet der Opernsanger Elkanah ein Engagement in Philadelphia, das die Familie zum Umzug zwingen wurde. Wahrend sich der Rest der Familie damit abfindet, hat die Luge unerwartete Konsequenzen fur den sensiblen Samuel, der Australien nicht verlassen mochte. In seiner Not wendet er sich an seinen Grovater Elias. Da dieserals Jude aus Nazideutschland geflohen ist, ist fr ihn die Vorstellung einer Deportation"e; furchtbar. Auerdem verbindet ihn eine besondere Beziehung zu seinem Enkel. Elias fasst kurzerhand den Entschluss, Samuel zu entfhren und ihn so bei sich zu behalten - eine Entscheidung, die fr Samuel beinahe das Todesurteil bedeutet

The Perplexing Pineapple: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 1

The Perplexing Pineapple: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 1

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2013

Buenos Aires' Chief of Police, Coco Carlomagno, is sure his office high in the Obelisco is haunted. Every day at the same time he sees a floating pineapple and every day he hears a terrible noise. What could it mean? Who could it be? There's only one guinea pig Coco can turn to to help him in his hour of need: his logic-loving cousin Alberta. Can Alberta help him unravel the mysteries of the perplexing pineapple?'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]

The Terrible Plop

The Terrible Plop

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

The Terrible Plop is a funny and clever read-aloud picture book as entertaining and fun to read as Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo. If you go down to the woods today you might find rabbits happily munching on the grass. You might find animals swinging from the trees and having a nap - or you might find them running from THE TERRIBLE PLOP. But when the little white rabbit and the big brown bear come face to face with their fear, only one of them will turn tail and run! A fast-paced rhyming picture book story from multi-award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky and talented illustrator Andrew Joyner. Fans of Julia Donaldson and Dr Seuss will love this fantastic animal story.

Red Shoe

Red Shoe

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2007

Funny, tough-minded and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney, Australia, in the early 1950s. Their father is mentally unstable and largely absent, their mother is possibly in the thrall of his brother, and a headline-making Russian spy defection is taking place next door. Punctuated by the headlines of the times, The Red Shoe depicts how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives. This is a novel to savor by one of Australia's most gifted writers for young people."e;Dubosarsky proves masterful in conjuring and connecting images."e; - Publishers Weekly

The Red Shoe

The Red Shoe

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2006

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 HartnettI 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

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