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Books and Reading: Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university Morris worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience - he wrote a novel for young people. Today Morris Gleitzman is one of Australia's most popular children's authors, having published more than 35 books.

Stories Make Us

Children's Laureate Foundation

Books

 

Help Around the House

Help Around the House is a story of a boy who goes to live in Canberra and offers his help to Australia's members of Parliament. Ludo helps other people. It's how he was brought up. When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place. But he soon discovers it's not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help -- it's the rich and powerful.

Felix and Zelda Series

This series follows Felix, a Jewish boy struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two. Along the way, he befriends Zelda. The book Now jumps ahead in time to when Felix is a grandfather. Maybe is the latest installment in the series.

 

Boy Overboard

Jamal dreams of playing soccer in the World Cup even though he lives in a country where children are not allowed to play the game. When the family is forced to flee their homeland, Jamal and his sister Bibi are separated from their parents and must continue the perilous journey alone with other refugees on a leaking boat. Jamal's chances of landing in Australia and finding his parents seem hopeless when the food runs out and pirates come aboard.

 

Extra Time

When 13-year-old Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, he's offered the chance of a lifetime – a try-out at one of Europe's biggest and most glamorous soccer clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells us their story – warts, goals and all.

The funny and moving story of a sister's love for her brother, and how it survives everything fate throws at it, including the millions of pounds and mountains of pressure at the top of the world's most popular sport.

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