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Fair Dinkum Histories #6: Weevils, War & Wallabies

Author French,Jackie

Illustrator Sheehan,Peter

Item Code 7860038

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781741691436

Series Fair Dinkum Histories

Publisher SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

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1920–1945 was an iconic period in Australian history:
  • QANTAS founded.
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge built.
  • Phar Lap wins the Melbourne Cup and dies in the US.
  • Don Bradman wows the world at the wicket and becomes the main target in the Bodyline series.
  • The Depression hits.
  • Australia enters WW II.
  • Aborigines lobby for full citizenship.
  • German ships lay mines off the Australian coast and the Japanese attack Australia.
History comes to life!
Genre: Non Fiction / Reference, Historical Fiction Subject: History Reading Level: Upper Primary, Middle Primary School Year: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 Lexile Level:: 1090L Ages: 8 to 12 Page Count: 192
Jackie French

Where are you from?

I’m a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW.

Where did you go to school?
I went to three schools, only one of which burnt down. (This was not my fault).

What is your favourite book/food/colour?  
My favourite book is 'lots'.
My favourite food is 'lots' too, specially iced watermelon and mangoes.
My favourite colour is purple, except if it's cheese or grass or wombats.

How do you think up ideas?
I buy my ideas 5 kg at a time from a small shop at the end of the mall that pretends to sell mobile phones. They have a sale every third Tuesday. Tell them Jackie sent you and they'll give you 10% discount.

Do you have a special place where you write?
I write everywhere and anytime, except it doesn't get written down when I am in the bath and no-one can read the notes made on scraps of paper. The legible bits are written at my desk, but need someone to correct the spelling and typos.

What is the best thing about being a writer?
The great thing about being a writer is that you can talk to any famous person in the past and ride an elephant at the same time. Creating ideas needs practise, just like being a football player: the more you train, the better you are. The next great thing about being a writer is that you get paid to daydream.

Website/blog details
Website (includes wombats) www.jackiefrench.com
Jackie French is also the 2014–15 Australian Children's Laureate

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