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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... vol. 16 no. 4 Summer 2008 of Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults est. 1993 Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults
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* Contents derived from the 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Why Another Cook Book?, Anthony Hill , single work essay
Anthony Hill talks about the research for his latest title 'Captain Cook's Apprentice', which ranged from an eight day journey on the Endeavor replica to a visit to 'Grass Cove' in New Zealand where ten of Cook's men were killed and eaten during the second voyage.
(p. 2-3)
[Review] Captain Cook's Apprentice, Fran Knight , single work review
— Review of Captain Cook's Apprentice Anthony Hill , 2008 single work novel ;
In this substantial review Fran Knight maintains this 'historical novel full of adventure and high drama' is a 'model of all that is best' in the faction or bio fiction form.
(p. 4)
Hard at Work on 'A Brief History of Montmaray', Michelle Cooper , single work essay
Cooper outlines the process, including both the daydreaming and the research, behind the writing of A Brief History of Montmaray.
(p. 5)
Telling Tales with Shaun Tan, Clare Kennedy (interviewer), single work interview
Kennedy shares, and comments on, some of Tan's reflections on the imagery within his work.
(p. 6-7)
[Review] Hunting Elephants, Pam Macintyre , single work review
— Review of Hunting Elephants James Roy , 2008 single work novel ;
(p. 9)
[Review] Finnikin of the Rock, Christopher Thompson , single work review
— Review of Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta , 2008 single work novel ;
Thompson credits Marchetta with finding a new perspective from which to present a fantasy, which seems 'both ancient and contemporary at the same time'. He discusses in depth the style, character development and 'political intrigue' of the novel in this review.
(p. 12)
[Review] Into White Silence, Chris Wheat , single work review
— Review of Into White Silence Anthony Eaton , 2008 single work novel ;
Wheat writes eloquently about how 'Antarctica is part of our story' and the fact that Eaton 'succeeds in explaining why it haunts us' in his review of the book. He summarises that 'there is real terror in this story - madness, mutiny, sudden violence, fierce storms, starvation and slow freezing'.
(p. 13)
[Untitled], Suzie Hicks , single work review
— Review of A Brief History of the Island of the Dipsquittie : Why Moo Cows are Important and Going to War is Not a Brilliant Idea Carol Ann Martin , 2008 single work children's fiction ;
(p. 14)
[Review] Shutterspeed, Roie Thomas , single work review
— Review of Shutterspeed A. J. Betts , 2008 single work novel ;
Thomas describes Shutterspeed as an 'understated general treatise on depression'. However she muses that 'building blocks for transcendence over despair' are laid for Year 12 student Dustin by the end of the book.
(p. 16)
[Untitled], Anna Ryan-Punch , single work review
— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel ;
Ryan-Punch describes reading Tender Morsels as 'like being present at the genesis of a myth or fairy-tale before it is cleaned up, de-sexualised or Disneyfied'. She examines a variety of experiences in this novel, published as a YA novel in the United States but marketed for adults in Australia, before concluding it is a 'complex, rewarding and disturbing' read.
(p. 17-18)
[Review] Screw Loose, Paul Byrne , single work review
— Review of Screw Loose Chris Wheat , 2008 single work novel ;
Paul Byrne outlines the plot, characters, and multiple perspectives of Screw Loose in this extensive review of the comic novel in which 'the author fearlessly tackles the whole spectrum of adolescent angst, ethnicities and sexual identities'.
(p. 19-20)
[Untitled], Paul Boomert , single work review
— Review of Chasing Fun Thea Calzoni , 2008 single work novel ;
(p. 20)
[Review] Breath, Larissa McLean-Davies , single work review
— Review of Breath Tim Winton , 2008 single work novel ;
The reviewer outlines 'the familiar Winton territory' which reappears in this novel, such as 'broken relationships, the legacy of the past, and the connection between landscape, identity and masculinity'. She describes Breath as being 'written with linguistic dexterity and insight' but is cautious about classroom use as it is ultimately about 'individuals for whom the possibility of death is all that makes life worth living'.
(p. 21)
[Review] Captain Congo and the Crocodile King, Jodi Wiley , single work review
— Review of Captain Congo and the Crocodile King Ruth Starke , 2008 single work picture book ;
Jodi Wiley writes a favourable review of this graphic picture book, describing Holfeld's illustrations as engaging and filmic while using his skill to 'get the characters' emotions just right, so that you can deduce thoughts and feelings from their facial expressions'. She labels it an adventure book in which Starke's 'assured writing' guides the reader 'through the narrative effortlessly'.
(p. 25-26)
[Review] Crossing the Line, Nicola Philp , single work review
— Review of Crossing the Line Dianne Bates , 2008 single work novel ;
Philp writes in her review of Crossing the Line that it is: 'Totally absorbing and extremely well written ... [and] would be a perfect opening point for either school or parental discussion about all aspects of self harm'.
(p. 26)
[Review] Heartsick for Country, Susan Boyce , single work review
— Review of Heartsick for Country : Stories of Love, Spirit and Creation 2008 anthology life story ;
Boyce describes the voices in this work as 'eloquent and persuasive, explaining and proposing perspectives which, should they find their rightful place alongside the processes of decision making in high places, would have the potential to shift policy beyond the current measures of assimilation intervention and integration'.
(p. 27-28)
[Untitled], Wil Wagner , single work review
— Review of Media Savvy Jim Schembri , 2008 single work novel ;
(p. 30)
[Untitled], Kevin Steinberger , single work review
— Review of Murderer's Thumb Beth Montgomery , 2008 single work novel ;
(p. 31)
[Untitled], Peter Christiansen , single work review
— Review of The Camel Who Crossed Australia Jackie French , 2008 single work children's fiction ;
Reviews both Jackie French's book and Dig 3ft NW, the abridged version of Sarah Murgatroyd's non fiction work The Dig Tree. Both 'introduce and re-interpret' Burke and Wills expedition for new readers.
(p. 33-34)
[Review] The Stone Crown, Debra Zott , single work review
— Review of The Stone Crown Malcolm Walker , 2008 single work novel ;
(p. 38)

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