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Elaine Forrestal Elaine Forrestal i(A18651 works by)
Born: Established: 1941 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Elaine Forrestal was born in Perth and has travelled widely. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years, but became a full-time writer after the success of her first books. Her first book, The Watching Lake, was published in 1991. She has since won awards from the Children's Book Council for Someone Like Me (1998) and Graffiti on the Fence (2000). Forrestal writes for the American magazine Highlights for Children and conducts workshops, for children and adults.

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y separately published work icon To See the World Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2014 6577295 2014 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'All his life, José has seen the tall ships sailing into Port Louis on the island of Mauritius, where he was born. As he watches them leave again, disappearing below the horizon, he dreams of one day sailing away with them—to see the world. He thinks about all the adventures he would have, the ships he would capture and the buried treasure he would find on faraway islands.

'But, when the young and beautiful Rose de Freycinet arrives on board the Uranie in 1817, José’s life changes in ways that he had never imagined. Pirates, cannibals, storms and shipwrecks become harsh realities and José is forced to muster all his courage and intelligence to survive the dangers of shipboard life.

'This is a story of adventure on the high seas at a time in history when ships sailed the vast oceans of the world with only the wind to power them. Huge continents and tiny islands lay in uncharted waters waiting to be added to the world map. But so did treacherous reefs, icebergs, powerful currents and destructive winds. Ships disappeared without trace. Sailors risked their lives atop swaying masts and below in dank, dark holds. They suffered from scurvy, dysentery and sometimes starvation, far from medical attention. And yet, men still ventured into the unknown. José became one of those men. ' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Black Earth Camberwell : Puffin , 2004 Z1161029 2004 single work children's fiction children's mystery
2004 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
y separately published work icon Deep Water Camberwell : Puffin , 2003 Z1080786 2003 single work children's fiction children's mystery
2003 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
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