arrow_upward
Pattern Pattern Pattern

Showing 62 entries for country: Australia

Pattern Pattern Pattern

Rodney McRae

Aesop’s Fables

McRae’s illustrations interpret Aesop’s fables through a range of international art forms and visual references. He is inspired by folk art and design, as well as some of the earliest known European artworks, such as the Lascaux cave paintings, Australian Indigenous, Mayan and Aztec art, Indian art, and contemporary Japanese woodblocks which enhance the reader’s interpretations of the fables. McRae also uses collage from torn paper, scraperboard, charcoal and watercolours. (...)

literary

YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY: Australia


Jenny Blackford

Andromeda

Andromeda is a feminist reimagining of the story of Andromeda and the sea monster.  It fleshes out the personality of the princess, who, whilst mindful of the obligations of her royal role, longs for freedom from its obligations. She has an unaccountable sense of needing something, ‘something she had been missing for such a long time’ (130). Since the onset of puberty Andromeda has suffered overwhelming fits of rage. Her maturation is symbolically tied to the sea monster, who be(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Australia


Jennifer Cook

Ariadne: The Maiden and the Minotaur

Cook’s story opens with sixteen-year-old Ariadne abandoned on Naxos, furious that she fell for Theseus, who has taken up with her sister Phaedra and sailed home to Athens. As in the traditional version of the myth, Ariadne falls in love with Theseus when he arrives on Crete as one of the Athenian tributes, destined for death in the labyrinth. But in this story the Minotaur is not a monstrous beast, but instead a small child afflicted with a club foot, a hare-lip, and other deformities. Chi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Vashti Farrer, Naomi C. Lewis

Atalanta: the Fastest Runner in the World

Atalanta: The Fastest Runner in the World is a picture book for primary-school children that retells the story of Atalanta. It is published under an educational imprint, through Pearson Education, called Chatterbox, in a series of stories called Traditional Fiction, and thus marketed around the world. Other stories in the series include Rumpelstiltskin, and How Maui Stole Fire from the Gods.This short retelling of the Atalanta myth is written in simple language for young readers. The openin(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Bernard Beckett

August

This novel is the middle volume of a trilogy together with Genesis and Lullaby. It is set in what reminds one of a mediaeval walled city, under the rule of a powerful and oppressive church, but with some modern technology (such as cars). In this two class society the group of the “people of the night” are suppressed, as they allegedly lack a soul. They only enter the city at night, do manual labour and look for scraps of food to eat.In this novel, the teenagers Tristan and Grace, bad(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Australia


Ursula Dubosarsky

Black Sails, White Sails

The foreword of Ursula Dubosarsky’s Black Sails, White Sails tells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, of how Theseus slays the Minotaur that was menacing his people, the Athenians. Theseus persuades his father, Aegeus, to let him kill the monster, but forgets to let his father know of his success by hoisting the white sails on his ship and dropping his black sails. When Aegeus sights Theseus’ ship approaching, black sails raised, Aegeus assumes the worst, that his son has fa(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: Australia


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles. Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Greece, moving from Athens to Delphi to Samothrace (Samothraki). It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brend(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: Australia


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles. Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Knossos, in Crete. It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brenda) travel to the Palace of Knossos after learning tha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: Australia


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles.Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Pompeii. It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brenda) work with an archaeo-botanist Bette Noire to rediscover l(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: Australia


Kerry Greenwood

Danger – Do Not Enter

When Mr. Mosel, an old silversmith dies, his dilapidated house is condemned, and the kids at the school are threatened with expulsion if they go near the dangerous, junk-filled property. The jocks dare each other to explore, and when one of them gets injured, rumours begin to circulate that the house is haunted by the old man’s ghost. Penelope’s friend Ben is determined to investigate the paranormal activity. He suspects that Argent, an unhappy girl in their class who lives in the ho(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


John Maxwell Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year is an experimental novel (historical fiction) in which non-fiction and fiction are juxtaposed within the same novel. Each page is divided into two or three parts. The novel takes the form of a series of essays that the protagonist is writing for a collection, tentatively called Strong Opinions. These essays take up the first part of the page. Beneath this, are diary entries, both by the central character, and by his young typist, recounting the developing relationship between(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Australia


Jane Abbott

Elegy

Set in Kincasey, a small regional town in Victoria (Australia), this unusual novel, which starts with a prologue written as a newspaper article about a road tragedy, tackles the theme of reincarnation through the stories of a group of young people who all know each other. Some of them have known each other more than once. Using Ancient Greek myth as the base, but subverting it as well, the story is told from different points of view, swirling around the figures of Caitlin and Michael, who are th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Australia


Myke Bartlett

Fire in the Sea

Fire in the Sea is a fantasy-adventure novel for young adults, set in the Western Australian city of Perth. Sixteen year old Sadie, grieving after the death of her parents in a car accident, is at the beach with cousins, when she witnesses a man being attacked by strange creatures that have come out of the sea, and leave him for dead. Assisting him, she is rewarded by receiving an inheritance that includes a mysterious amulet. The amulet is the key to an ancient mystery, sought after by a priest(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Australia


Bertie Beetle, John Santry

Gilbert the Guinea Pig and Other Tales

The Sunflower tells of the nymph Clytie and her unrequited love for Apollo. Giving in to despair, she stays rooted to the ground, her face bound to follow the sun, the god Apollo. The Golden Touch depicts a version of the King Midas story. When Midas begs the “golden touch” from the god, Bacchus, his clothing, food and his little daughter all turn to gold. After he goes to the river to wash off the curse, there is a permanent residue of gold dust on the river bed. (...)

literary

YEAR: 1943

COUNTRY: Australia


Jonathan M. Shiff

H2O: Just Add Water

A popular series for tween and teen viewers, H2O: Just Add Water was screened internationally for four years (from 2006 to 2010). It begins when teenage girls from Australia’s Gold Coast, Rikki, Cleo, and Emma, swim at the full moon in a pool hidden inside a mysterious volcanic island. When they return to land they discover they have been transformed. If a drop of water touches them, they transform into mermaids. Most episodes revolve around the sit-com challenges of their newfound identit(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: Australia


Ryan Madison

Hercules’ First Six Tasks: Short Stories Teens to Young Adult

In this installment we have a part of Hercules’ adventures mixed with other historical figures such as Alexander the great. There is no decisive chronological development for the narrative. Hercules receives different tasks from Zeus and on the way he meets all kind of people, such as the mysterious King Phillip, the king of his home-land; he also meets Helen and Alexander, and Oedipus’ family.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Australia


Ian Trevaskis

Hopscotch: Medusa Stone

Hopscotch: Medusa Stone is the story of Australian teens, Jake and Hannah, who travel from a sleepy sea-side town, “Pelican Bay,” to the world of Ancient Greek mythology, when they play a game of hopscotch, using directions from a mysterious parchment, and a magical stone (the ‘Medusa Stone’ of the title). They find themselves in the power of a games-maker, Costas the Giant, who commands them to retrieve items from the Ancient Greek heroes—Odysseus, Perseus, and Her(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Australia


Matthew Reilly

Hover Car Racer

Hover Car Racer is set in a futuristic Earth where hover technology has revolutionised the transport industry. It follows the story of Jason Chaser, a fourteen-year-old hover car racer, along with his autistic younger brother The Bug, and documents their year at the International Race School over eight parts. During a regional competition, Jason impresses a recruiter for the International Race School, despite driving with a damaged car. He is offered a place and accepts, forming a team with(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Bernard Beckett

Lullaby

This novel is the third and last volume of a trilogy with Genesis and August. It is set in a world like ours, but more advanced in regards to stem cell research. People have stem cell banks and it is possible to use these to re-grow organs in order to prolong healthy lives. Only the brain cannot be regrown in this way.18 year-old Theo had an accident in which his body has remained intact, but all his brain function has been permanently destroyed. Scientist Dr Huxley sees this as the un(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Australia


​Mikiko Ponczeck, Tom Taylor

M.I.D.A.S.

M.I.D.A.S. is a graphic short story about Andy, a man who has become radioactive after being struck by a bomb blast. He lives in a bio-hazard suit, designed to protect others from his radioactivity. Occasionally he assists a bomb-disposal squad called M.I.D.A.S. He is isolated from others, lonely, and dealing with an inner anger that may be a side-effect of his radioactivity. Everything he touches turns to BOOM. He is called by Captain Turk to defuse a suitcase bomb. Seeing it is organic, he tak(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Australia


David Maher

Medusa 3000

An educational graphic novel, which opens in an ancient cave, a long-dead place, a moment frozen in time. A droplet from a stalactite prompts a reaction, a sword appears, and then stone crumbles, and a hundred forked tongues dart from desiccated jaws. Medusa reawakens. She takes the sword, and moves towards a set of stairs that have appeared: the time has come to set things right. The action switches to a modern Australian English class, in which a teacher is explaining the concept of the quest (...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Australia


Nadia Wheatley

Melting Point (A Short Story in The Anthology The Night Tolkien Died)

Melting Point is the story of Xenia Hadzithakis, a seventeen-year-old Greek Australian girl living in Sydney, Australia. Xenia is a rebel, in constant conflict with her traditional Yaya over her style of dress, her forthright behaviour, even the fact that she is studying Latin at school rather than ancient or modern Greek. After a terrible argument with her grandmother, she finds solace in the classroom translating Ovid’s version of the story of Icarus’ flight and fall from Book Eigh(...)

literary

YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: Australia


Pamela Allen

Mr Archimedes’ Bath

A humorous picture book about the principle of water displacement discovered by the Greek mathematician, Archimedes. In this book, ‘Mr Archimedes’ shares his bath with three animals: a goat, a wombat and a kangaroo. Trial and error in the bath (in which each animal is ‘blamed’ in turn for taking up too much room) shows the principles of displacement in action. Finally, Mr Archimedes shouts ‘Eureka!’ and explains to the animals that they are all making the wate(...)

literary

YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY: Australia


Percival Richard Cole

Myths and Legends of Many Lands

Greek Myths:I. “The Fall of Phaeton” is the story of how the sun departed from its course “scorching the surface of the earth, bringing misery to mankind”. Phaeton, Apollo’s son was “not as wise as he was handsome”. “Vain and ambitious” he defied his father and drove Apollo’s chariot of the sun with its four noble steeds from Apollo’s palace to the ocean. The horses, uncomfortable with their driver, went off the track and wre(...)

literary

YEAR: 1933

COUNTRY: Australia


Gary Crew, Marc McBride

Old Ridley

A young boy, Joachim, is fascinated by his elderly neighbour, Old Ridley, and his mysterious house.With its spiralling turrets and wild, overgrown garden, the building seems enchanted. Joachim rarely sees the reclusive old inventor, but rumours abound as to what he is up to.  ‘Some said that he had created light, others that he could see in the dark; some said that he could fly, others that he could make himself disappear.  It was even whispered that he was working on the secret (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Australia


Dub Leffler

Once There Was a Boy

Once There Was a Boy is a picture book focused on the theme of reconciliation. A young black boy lives alone on an island in a sub-tropical or tropical sea. On the island is a boat shaped like a pelican; it is not clear where it has come from, or if it has brought the boy. One day, a young white girl arrives on the island. The boy welcomes her, and gives her food and shelter. She eats a great deal of the fruit on the island, which are sapotes, or chocolate-pudding fruit, then asks to sleep in th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Australia


Sandra Jobson

Once Upon A Vase

Contents: Illustrations IntroductionThe First Story. The Story of Peleus and ThetisThe Second Story. The Trojan WarThe Third Story. The Revenge of HephaistosThe Fourth Story. Theseus and the MinotaurThe Fifth Story. Perseus and the GorgonsThe Sixth Story. The Battle of the Pygmies and the CranesThe colophon states that “Ergotimus made my vase and Kleitas painted me. Sandra Jobson has retold my story and redrawn my illustrations in my book”: “Ergotimus m’epoisen (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Australia


Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones (Series, Book 1): Admission

According to the Prologue, in Admission, “it took slightly under eight hours for Melbourne to die”. Pandora Jones awakes in an infirmary with hazy recollections of how she came to be there. She has horrific visions and dreams of her family and everyone else around her dying. The ‘Doctor’ informs her that she is one of the lucky survivors of a pandemic that has almost wiped out humanity. There are only a few surviving ‘arks’ left around the world and she is in (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Australia


Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones (Series, Book 2): Deception

Deception is a retelling of the Pandora myth, though it only becomes apparent at the end of the book. The story continues from where Book One finished, with the students being returned to ‘The School’, after their rescue mission. The students are full of questions: if they are the last remaining people alive, why were they sent outside for others to kill them? Why did they want to kill them if there are so few people left? Suspicious of ‘The School’, Pandora again tries t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Australia


Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones (Series, Book 3): Reckoning

Reckoning is the third book in the Pandora Jones trilogy and it draws on both Pandora and Cassandra in the characterisation of the main protagonist, Pandora Jones. Pandora regains consciousness in ‘The School’ infirmary where she is told that she has unleased an air-borne virus that will wipe out humanity within three months. (It was designed to put humanity out of its misery.) The children at ‘The School’ had all been abducted and bought there because of their special sk(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Joan Lindsay

Picnic at Hanging Rock

The narrative of Picnic at Hanging Rock begins on St Valentine’s Day, 1900, as the pupils of Mrs Appleyard’s College for Young Ladies, set in rural Victoria, Australia, a few miles out of the village in Macedon, exchange anonymous romantic cards and read romantic poetry. Mrs Appleyard, the tyrannical headmistress, loveless and unloveable, receives no cards. The monolithic College, an architectural anachronism in the Australian bush – a hopeless misfit in time and place, symboli(...)

literary

YEAR: 1967

COUNTRY: Australia


Joshua Campbell, Jason Haigh-Elllery, Gary Russel

Prisoner Zero (Series, Season 1, 26 Episodes)

Prisoner Zero is an animated science-fiction series for children (target audience: 8-12 years). Its premise is that the titular Zero has been imprisoned and had his memories stolen by evil regime known as the Imperium in order to allow them to utilize the Bioweve to enslave the minds of its citizens. This said, it is not Zero who is the star of the show but rather the teenagers Tag and Gem who accompany Zero on his adventures. The story arc of the first season centres upon the pair’s attem(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Australia


Matt Ottley

Requiem for a Beast

In Requiem for a Beast, an unnamed Australian teenager is preparing to take part in an outback cattle muster. As he rides his horse towards the cattle, he sees an unusually large Brahmin bull. This bull has evaded muster for many years, and the boy challenges it. He chases it into a ravine, where it falls and fatally injures itself. The boy is forced to slaughter it, in order to put it out of its misery. As he is in this situation, he experiences several flashbacks to important moments in h(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Australia


Bob Graham

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten

In Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten, a modern recasting of the Persephone myth, Rose Summers (Persephone) moves into a small, colourful house with her family (her mother, and her sisters, Faith and Blossom). Next door is a large, grey mansion, which the ‘sun never touched,’ in which monstrously large plants ‘bristle’ over the fence. The children in the street tell stories about the inhabitant, Mr Wintergarten (Hades), who is ‘mean,’ and ‘horrible.’ &lsqu(...)

literary

YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 1): The Ultimate Wave

The Ultimate Wave is a comic adventure story, told in graphic novel format. It is the story of Nico, Claudia and Mikey, described by the Narrator as humans from the planet Ithaca (although the characters are drawn as a monkey, a duck and a rhinoceros and are referred to as such repeatedly). These three love to surf, a note to Australian surfing culture, and meet Icon, a “pencil-headed mutant” from another dimension and a place called Duryllium. The story is told by a Narrator charact(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 2): The Eye of Ulam

The second in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. Nico is competing in the World Surfing Championships against a surfer named Hercules, when help is requested by their Duryllium friend Icon, who is in the midst of a battle with his brother Vidor over the throne of their kingdom. They find and save Icon, who has been blinded and left for dead on the battlefield and take him to a gingerbread cottage in the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 3): The Wooden Cow

The third in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. Nico is once again attempting to compete in the World Surfing Championships – the ones he keeps missing due to their adventures. In The Wooden Cow, the three use their time travelling device, called M.I.T., to reach Fresia, a small planet in the Bovine Galaxy and the location of the surfing championship. M.I.T., which doesn’t want to do as it is(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 4): The Golden Udder

The fourth in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. This time they continue their attempt to help Ulysses to win the Queen of Fresia with The Golden Udder. However, when they attempt to retrieve the Udder, they discover it has been stolen by Amycus (along with Nico’s surfboard) and lost in a bet to Limousin, a surfing champion. They begin a quest to retrieve it. Their time-travel device M.I.T. has bee(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 5): The Minotaur’s Maze

The fifth book in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. The story begins with the trio winning a holiday to the tropical planet of Knossos. The story diverges into two paths at this point, as it has in the other episodes, whenever the trio attempt time travel. Their time travel device fractures times leaving them in two alternate realities. One puts them at a weight loss spa and the other at a weight gain s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 6): The Obelisk of Eno

The sixth book in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. The story begins with yet another attempt by protagonist Nico to win the surfing world championship on the planet Ganymede. This time he is confident of victory given that his main rival, Hercules, has been sent to the Underworld to retrieve Cerberus. By some twist of travelling fate they accidentally arrive on the reverse of Ganymede, the planet Edemy(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


Josef Hill, Elena Paige

Taki and Toula Time Travelers (Series, Book 1): Hercules Finds his Courage

In the first installment of this time-traveling series, two modern day Greek children from Crete, Toula (8 yr old girl) and Taki (6 yr old boy) find strange traditional Greek shoes called tsarouhia in their mother’s chest. They find out that wearing these shoes enable them to time-travel to ancient Greece. In this book, they arrive to find a frightened man hiding from a large bull. The children help him by calming the bull with some food. The man reveals to them that he is Hercules and tha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Josef Hill, Elena Paige

Taki and Toula Time Travelers (Series, Book 2): Athena Finds her Confidence

In this time-traveling series first installment, two modern day Greek children from Crete, Toula (8 yr old girl) and Taki (6 yr old boy) find strange traditional Greek shoes called tsarouhia in their mother’s chest. They find out that wearing these shoes enable them to time-travel to ancient Greece (see here). In this book, they arrive at the time of the competition between Athena and Poseidon for the founding of a new city. They help Athena find her courage and win the competition against(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Ursula Dubosarsky

The Blue Cat

The Blue Cat is set in Sydney, 1942, and filtered through the observations of a dreamy child, Columba. Ellery (Elias), a new boy, arrives at Columba’s school: he either does not speak English, or cannot speak. He is from Europe (You-rope), and may be a German-Jewish refugee. His mother is missing, and no longer sends letters. ‘Hitler killed her,’ says Columba’s brash friend, Hilda. As Columba observes the changes affecting Sydney during the war (curfews, air-raid drills, (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Catherine Mayo

The Bow: Win or Lose?

The Bow: Win or Lose? takes place in Ancient Greece. It is the second of Mayo’s novels set in this period, the first book being Murder at Mykenai. A teenage Odysseus is helping to protect his father’s kingdom. After the death of his grandfather, Arkeisios (in the city of Argos), Odysseus travels with Eurybates (his father’s squire) to find his grandfathers hidden wealth. Odysseus is disguised as servant to Eurybates, who is dressed as an Egyptian priest. He finds gold hidden in(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Australia


Ursula Dubosarsky

The Boy who could Fly: Eleven plays for children inspired by stories from the Metamorphoses of Ovid

Originally written as short plays for the New South Wales School Magazine, these stories are based upon a selection of myths in Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses. In Dubosarsky’s collection, she includes 11 short plays:Icarus: The Boy who could Fly – Icarus’ father, Daedalus, makes them both wings of beeswax and feathers so that they can fly back to Athens. Daedalus warns Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or the water, but to take the middle path. The boy does not liste(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Australia


James Brouwer, Wolfgang Bylsma, Tom Taylor

The Deep

The Deep is an animated television series based on a comic book created by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer, and published by Gestalt Comics. It is an Australian/Canadian co-production, commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In The Deep, the Nekton family (parents: Will and Kaiko; son Antaeus (Ant) and daughter Fontaine), are underwater explorers, who live on a submarine called the Arronax. In each episode, the Nektons unravel a different mystery, often showing that what seems to b(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Australia


Ursula Dubosarsky

The Golden Day

The Golden Day tells the story of a group of eleven schoolgirls from a private school in Sydney who are shocked when their teacher disappears on a school outing. ‘Today we will visit the gardens and think about death,’ says their teacher, Miss Renshaw, and she takes the girls to the beach, and into a cave, where she disappears. Beginning in 1967 and concluding in 1975, during Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the story includes reflection on the nature of war, persona(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Australia


Melina Marchetta

The Gorgon in the Gully

In The Gorgon in the Gully, Danny Griggs is a timid boy who is scared of bullies, and of what other people think of him. When he accidentally kicks the school’s lucky football into the gully at the edge of his school, he is afraid to go and get it. A Gorgon lives in that gully, or so school lore has it. At home, Danny researches the Gorgon, and discovers the terrors it represents. His mother advises him to ‘look at whatever you’re scared of from a different angle. Look at it up(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Australia


Libby Gleeson, Armin Greder

The Great Bear

A picture book that suggests an origin for the Ursa Major constellation, the storyline of The Great Bear depicts the life of a bear in a medieval circus. Kept in a cage all day, she is an obedient dancing bear who performs every night all her life for noisy crowds, sometimes cheering, but more often tormenting her by throwing stones and poking sticks at her. We see the backs or the silhouettes of the circus performers whose cruel carnivalesque is their livelihood. There are gaps in the simp(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: Australia


Robert Ingpen, Maurice Saxby

The Great Deeds of Superheroes

Five hero tales from Greek myth are included in this collection. In addition to being listed first, the size of the Greek section overshadows that of the other cultures, which feature at most two stories (or in the case of the Old English section, three tales). Each of the five heroes from Ancient Greece is endowed with a descriptive title. Perseus is ‘the Fearless’, Heracles ‘the Strong One’, Theseus ‘the Daring and the Bold’, Jason ‘the Voyager’,(...)

literary

YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY: Australia


Sulari Gentill

The Hero Trilogy (Series, Book 1): Chasing Odysseus

This is the first book in the author’s Hero trilogy. The story of Chasing Odysseus starts in the final days of the Trojan War. Its heroes are three teenaged brothers (Machaon, Cadmus and Lycon) and their younger sister (Hero). Their adoptive father, Agelaus, is a leader of the Herdsmen, a fiercely independent community, allied to the Trojans, who live on the slopes of Mt Ida. The Herdsmen, traditional protectors of the Trojan people, have been secretly supplying the Trojans with food (...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Australia


Sulari Gentill

The Hero Trilogy (Series, Book 2): Trying War

Following immediately from the events of Chasing Odysseus, the second book of the trilogy, Trying War, continues the adventures of the young Hero and her adopted brothers, Machaon, Lycon and Cadmus. When they arrive home to rejoin the Herdsmen who live outside Troy, they find Mount Ida under attack by Amazons. The warrior women take Hero captive; a new journey begins as her brothers set out to rescue her, taking with them the nymph Oenone, Paris’ abandoned wife, and the wolf Lupa who had s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Australia


Sulari Gentill

The Hero Trilogy (Series, Book 3): The Blood of Wolves

The Blood of Wolves finds the young Hero and her adopted brothers, Machaon, Lycon and Cadmus back on the slopes of Mt Ida. The arrival of one of the Trojan refugees who left with Aeneas after Troy’s fall soon sets them and their guardian wolf Lupa on another long journey. This time all the Herdsmen leave, as Pan warns that Ida will soon fall to its land-hungry neighbours. They go to find a new home for themselves and to help Aeneas, who they are told has been imprisoned on Crete; their adv(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Australia


Tonya Alexandra

The Love Oracles (Series, Book One): Nymph

Merope is a Star Nymph, the youngest of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and the Oceanid nymph Pleione.  After rejecting the offer to take Orion as her consort, Merope is banished from Olympus to a small Greek island.  She meets Lukas, a local teenager, and although they are not aware of it until much later, the pair are struck by Eros’ arrows and fall passionately in love.Olympian law strictly forbids a relationship between a goddess and a mortal man, though Merope rec(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Australia


Roma Thompson, Dorothy Vardon

The Magic Shell

In this picture book for younger readers, a girl named Judy has been “playing and paddling in the cool sparkling water”, on a yellow sandy beach. A shell is washed up on the shore in front of her. As she listens to the shell, a voice urges her to put it back in the water. It is the voice of Helen who is to become her friend in the ensuing pages. “A fleet of beautiful shells”, with “lovely ladies”, long-haired sea nymphs, Helen, Crystobel, Lurline, Diana, and R(...)

literary

YEAR: 1949

COUNTRY: Australia


Maurice Saxby , John Winch

The Millennium Book of Myth and Story

The text includes retellings of six classical myths: Prometheus’ theft of fire, Pandora’s Box, Orpheus and Eurydice, Midas and the Golden Touch, Daedalus and Icarus, and Baucis and Philemon. These myths are grouped with stories from other cultures, including China, North America, India, and Africa, among others. Other stories are drawn from the Old and New Testament, Egyptian and Norse mythology, and Aboriginal Australia. The 33 myths are arranged into ten sections that emphasise the(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: Australia


Liz Porter

The Muddle-Headed Minotaur

A humorous, rhyming picture book with black and white cartoon illustrations, set in Greek village, is an entertaining introduction to Greek mythology for children. The story tells of “A muddle headed-minotaur who lived somewhere in Crete,/ decided to leave home…in search of something sweet” (Porter, 2003, p.1). Having spent too long in his dark lair, the Minotaur has become confused, but manages to find his way out of his cold, dark labyrinth. While everyone is at the loc(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


June Epstein , Marjorie Howden

The Nine Muses: Five Plays for Ages 11 to 13

A playscript about Ancient Greece that brings classical composers to Mount Olympus for child performers and audiences. Includes plans for stage setting, notes on costume and props and a list of classical music to be performed during the performance. “Suggestions for original work” at the end of the play include dramatisations of one of the old Greek myths and writing a dialogue between two famous poets, painters or musicians. The prologue of The Nine Muses summarises the play&rs(...)

literary

YEAR: 1951

COUNTRY: Australia


Gary Crew, Matt Ottley

The Serpent’s Tale

In a Medieval market a boy demands that his mother buys him an amulet, at a fair in the town square. The amulet is a bracelet, in the form of a snake chasing its own tail, in an endless circle, an ouroboros, an ancient image of eternity. The boy sees it as a charm that holds the secret of a story that he wants to write. Time is short, for the priest warns that there could be an attack. The vendor is glad to be rid of the amulet and refuses to take any money for it. Ottley’s depic(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Australia


Sam Bowring

The Zoo of Magical and Mythological Creatures

Twelve-year-old Zackary is the youngest prince in the royal family of Zedge. His parents dote on him, but they are also exasperated – every tutor in the kingdom has declared him unteachable. After failing his training as a knight, Zackary is sent to assist Barnabus, the chaotic Royal Accountant, who files palace documents in his fireplace. When Barnabus sends Zackary on an errand to the nearby Zoo of Magical and Mythological Creatures, he discovers the allure of a place his parents have al(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Australia


Anna Manolatos, Frank Sikalas

Theseus and the Minotaur: Birth of a Hero

In this picture book version of the Theseus Myth, Theseus is a young man born of Princess Aethra and King Aegeus but also the son of Poseidon. He has incredible strength (being a demi-god) and is able to lift large boulders with one arm. When he turns 16, Theseus must remove his father’s sword and sandals from under a large rock, which have been hidden there until he is old enough to meet his father, King of Athens. Once he has obtained them, Theseus sails to his father’s kingdom. Up(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Irini Savvides

Willow Tree and Olive

Olive Alexandropoulos is in her final year of high school at prestigious Clare College in Sydney. In spite of the support of her teachers and her best friend Kerry, she is feeling the pressure, and her ambivalence about her Greek heritage doesn’t help. When a lecture on the sexual abuse of children triggers repressed memories of being raped as a five year old by an old man in her family’s village back in Greece, Olive falls apart. Although she tries to keep her revelation hidden, an (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: Australia