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'Mahtab and her family are forced to leave their home in Herat and journey secretly through the rocky mountains to Pakistan and from there to faraway Australia. Months go by, months of waiting, months of dread. Will they ever be reunited with their father, will they ever find a home? This compelling novel by one of Australia's best-loved children's authors is based on the true story of one girl's voyage to Australia with her family.' (Publisher's blurb)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 7 (NSW Stage 4)

Themes

asylum seekers, bravery, family, hope, journey, refugees, resilience

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

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Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Asian settings.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Allen and Unwin.
      Extent: 192p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741753349 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

[Essay] : Mahtab’s Story Yassmin Abdel-Magied , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'‘We must stop the boats.’ It’s a phrase every Australian has heard, ad nauseam. It’s been the theme of election campaigns and political advertising. It’s a statement so often uttered on the nightly news that a time when politicians showed empathy to asylum seekers and refugees seems like a fading dream. For over a decade, but particularly for the last five years, this simple saying has sent a blunt message: ‘We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.’' (Introduction)

Using Literature Circles to Inquire into the Big Themes : Explorig the Refugee Experience Erika Boas , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 25-28)
Why Literature Matters Libby Gleeson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 5-11)
Gleeson's article includes a letter, reproduced in full, from a Year 7 student, commenting on her response to Mahtab's Story and the involvement of her class in Refugee Week.
From Herat to Port Hedland Lisa Saremel , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 17 no. 3 2009; (p. 9)
Discussion of the background to Libby Gleeson's book Mahtab's Story.
Untitled Jessica Francis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , 15 May no. 60 2009; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction
Untitled Toni Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 42)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction
Under Age Frances Atkinson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 June 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction ; Hey Cat Felice Arena , 2008 single work picture book
Battle for Hearts and Minds Angie Schiavone , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2008; (p. 36)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction ; Then Morris Gleitzman , 2008 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Lyn Linning , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 23 no. 2 2008; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction
A New, Successful Didactism? Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 2 2008; (p. 86)

— Review of Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work children's fiction
Getting it Right : Culturally and Historically Writing Mahtab's Story Libby Gleeson , 2008 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 23 no. 4 2008; (p. 16-18)
Libby Gleeson discusses how she developed and then researched her novel Mahtab's Story. Gleeson originally planned that the story would involve a refugee student telling a young Australian school girl about her journey from her homeland to Australia. However, Gleeson soon realised that she needed to do additional research to construct the refugee Muslim teenager character. She describes how she met with refugee students from a Sydney high school to create an 'informed fiction' based on processes of storytelling and story-sharing.
From Herat to Port Hedland Lisa Saremel , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 17 no. 3 2009; (p. 9)
Discussion of the background to Libby Gleeson's book Mahtab's Story.
Why Literature Matters Libby Gleeson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 5-11)
Gleeson's article includes a letter, reproduced in full, from a Year 7 student, commenting on her response to Mahtab's Story and the involvement of her class in Refugee Week.
Using Literature Circles to Inquire into the Big Themes : Explorig the Refugee Experience Erika Boas , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 25-28)
Child Protagonists in Adult Settings Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 2 2008; (p. 85-86)
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Settings:
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    Afghanistan,
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    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    Pakistan,
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    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    Indonesia,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    Australia,
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