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Fair Dinkum Histories #2: Grim Crims and Convicts

Author French,Jackie

Illustrator Sheehan,Peter

Item Code 7873832

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781741693140

Series Fair Dinkum Histories

Publisher SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

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  • About Author
It was an incredible idea — to found a colony of convicts eight months' sail away from Great Britain. In a land with no cities, no farms, no rich spices. Just savages in huts.

The Dutch, the French and the Portuguese had known about this place for two hundred years — and had turned their noses up at it. The Chinese had known about it for even longer and they weren't interested either.

No country had ever thought to send a colony so far away. Why on earth would you bother?
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:: 1010L Ages: 8 to 12 Page Count: 160
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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