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Issue Details: First known date: 1990 1990
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'After discovering valuable relics from a seventeen-century shipwreck, a sixteen year old Western Australian boy mysteriously disappears.'

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Strange Objects : A Novel
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1990 .
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      Extent: 185p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • With title: Strange Objects : A Novel
      ISBN: 0858595621 (pbk.)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mammoth , 1991 .
      Extent: 185p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1863301135 (pbk.)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mandarin , 1994 .
      Extent: 270p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1863303030
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Sceptre , 2001 .
      Extent: 185p.
      ISBN: 0733613993 (pbk.)
Language: Icelandic
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Lindin , 1995 .
      Extent: 229p.
      ISBN: 9979914424

Works about this Work

'Changed as to a Tiger' : Considering the Wreck of the Batavia Michael Titlestad , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 149-156)

'Jeronimus Cornelisz had spent two days alone on the Batavia as the waves and the coral joined forces to rip apart the hull. Like most sailors and passengers on seventeenth-century ships, he could not swim. Here, Titlestad discusses the Batavia wreck and Cornelisz's transformation.' (Publication abstract)

The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Untitled Kate Eltham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 12 April no. 217 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Finding a Place Emilie Collyer , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 2004; (p. 6-7)
Deadly Audiobooks Down Under Steven Steinbock , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 49-50)
Their Ghosts May Be Heard : A Response to Ernest Fevenc's Novel "Marooned in Australia" Gary Crew , 2001 single work essay
— Appears in: Storykeepers 2001; (p. 15-29)
Past Brought to the Surface Don Allan , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Chronicle , 12 June 2001; (p. 15)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Untitled Fran Knight , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 15 no. 2 2001; (p. 78)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Ideas Behind the Writing of the Creative Nonfiction Novel Strange Objects Gary Crew , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 1 2000;
On Mature Reflection : Strange Objects and the Cultivation of Reflective Reading Emma Heyde , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , September vol. 31 no. 3 2000; (p. 195-205)
Literature has frequently taken a leading position in the re-examination of the collective memory, and Australian writer Gary Crew's novel Strange Objects holds a particularly important place in re-exam-ining Australia's contact history. More importantly, however, the novel, which is written for a young adult audience, explores reading processes. In doing so, it reasserts the centrality of the adolescent reader in the production of meaning.
Strange Objects Bernard McKenna , Sharyn Pearce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Strange Journeys : The Works of Gary Crew 1999; (p. 52-95)
Identity in Australian Children's Literature: Perspectives from the Past and Present Maureen Nimon , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Fantastic Self : Essays on the Subject of the Self 1999; (p. 104-110)
Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
Australian Adolescent Literature in the 1990s Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 51-89)
Gary Crew : 'Explorer of the Dark Side' John Foster , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 135-143)
Other Selves: Subjectivity and the 'Doppelganger' in Australian Adolescent Fiction Robyn McCallum , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing the Australian Child : Texts and Contexts in Fictions for Children 1996; (p. 17-36)
Objects Strangely Familiar : Symbolism and Literary Allusion in the Novels of Gary Crew Diane Humphery , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 37-45)
Humphery discusses Crew's novels as a means of introducing young readers 'to important elements of style and literary techniques while at the same time immersing them in the wonderfully rich world of English literature'. Crewe's novels deliberately blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy as well as providing a 'much-needed bridge between popular culture and the traditional classics' and in this sense, his signifiers are highly provisional with the appeal of his work arising from the continual flickering, spilling and diffusing of meaning' (37). As novels of adolescent self-discovery, Humphery points out that 'the rites of passage are carried out within a framework which explores far-reaching historical, political, moral and religious values (37).
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
Aboriginal Australia : A Century of Attitudinal Change John Foster , E. J. Finnis , Maureen Nimon , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 35-52)
Post-Colonialism, Justice and Good Stories: An Interview with Gary Crew Bernard McKenna , Philip Neilsen , 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 14-30)
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 5 no. 5 1990; (p. 34)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Untitled Kate Eltham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 12 April no. 217 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Kids Don't Need More Old Hat Robin Morrow , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 July 1991; (p. 4)

— Review of Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Magic Beach Alison Lester 1990 single work picture book ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield 1990 single work children's fiction ; Jeremy's Tail : A Story Duncan Ball 1990 single work picture book ; Hero Allan Baillie 1990 single work novel ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland 1990 selected work children's fiction ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book ; Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald 1990 single work novel ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book
Four Titles for the Younger Market Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 October 1990; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Al Capsella and the Watchdogs Judith Clarke 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Complex Challenges Kathryn Hope , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1990-1991) no. 127 1990; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Nights with Grace Rosie Scott 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
The Best for the Children Leonie Tyle , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1991; (p. 5)

— Review of Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald 1990 single work novel ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence 1990 single work novel ; The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel ; Brother Night Victor Kelleher 1990 single work novel ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland 1990 selected work children's fiction ; My Cat Maisie Pamela Allen 1990 single work picture book ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield 1990 single work children's fiction ; Finders Keepers Emily Rodda 1990 single work children's fiction ; Magic Beach Alison Lester 1990 single work picture book ; Counting on Frank Rod Clement 1990 single work picture book ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book
Selector's Difficult Task Laurie Copping , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 July 1991; (p. C8)

— Review of Brother Night Victor Kelleher 1990 single work novel ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Novel Approaches to Novel Writing Dennis Davison , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 27-28 October 1990; (p. 6)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Grand Translations Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , March-April no. 10 1991; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; The Blue Chameleon Katherine Scholes 1989 single work novel
Book Reviews Mavis Scott , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Queensland Writer , vol. 2 no. 2 1991; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Brilliance in Enigmatic Fantasy Tale Marguerite Johnson , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 7 December 1991; (p. 14)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
'Loads of books to excite and enthral young' Toss Gascoigne , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 8 December 1990; (p. 22)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; Out of Time John Marsden 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel
Cats and Shipwrecks Sally McInerney , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 May 1991; (p. 46)

— Review of Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald 1990 single work novel ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book ; Brother Night Victor Kelleher 1990 single work novel ; Magic Beach Alison Lester 1990 single work picture book ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland 1990 selected work children's fiction ; My Cat Maisie Pamela Allen 1990 single work picture book ; Finders Keepers Emily Rodda 1990 single work children's fiction ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield 1990 single work children's fiction ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Children's Book Award Shortlist Disappoints Frances Kelly , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 March 1991; (p. 12)

— Review of Finders Keepers Emily Rodda 1990 single work children's fiction ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Award Books for Younger Readers Leonie Tyle , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 1991; (p. 3)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Amy's Monster Jenny Wagner 1990 single work picture book ; Jeremy's Tail : A Story Duncan Ball 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book
Search for identity finds favour with judges 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27 July 1991; (p. 3)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Staying with books Jack Talty , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 10 July 1991; (p. 34)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Here Come the Winners Frances Kelly , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 July 1991; (p. 12)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book ; Counting on Frank Rod Clement 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book
No Such Country Judith White , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald (Sydney) , 8 December 1991;

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Starred Reviews: Books for Older Readers Chris Sherman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Booklist , June vol. 89 no. 19/20 1993;

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Strange Objects Gary Crew , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 11-12)
Crew indicates the various strands which were important to him in the writing of Strange Objects including the representation of 'the other' and a re-assessing of first contact. Crew describes his work as 'a novel of colonial discourse intended to challenge the reader to examine what has happened in our past ...'.
The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, 1991 Acceptance Speeches : Gary Crew Gary Crew , 1991 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 4 1991; (p. 4-5)
Ideas Behind the Writing of the Creative Nonfiction Novel Strange Objects Gary Crew , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 1 2000;
Finding a Place Emilie Collyer , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 2004; (p. 6-7)
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
form y Meet Gary Crew Sue Wighton (interviewer), Brisbane : Queensland Department of Education , 1991 Z1733117 1991 single work film/TV interview

Gary Crew discusses his sources of inspiration, the writing process, and his novel Strange Objects with Sue Wighton and a group of secondary-school students.

Deadly Audiobooks Down Under Steven Steinbock , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 49-50)
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Scapegoats and Shadows : A Jungian Account of the Theme of Collective Guilt in Strange Objects Alice Mills , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : Finding a Voice 1993; (p. 197-202)
Other Selves: Subjectivity and the 'Doppelganger' in Australian Adolescent Fiction Robyn McCallum , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing the Australian Child : Texts and Contexts in Fictions for Children 1996; (p. 17-36)
Narrative in Touch with Teenagers 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 3 August 1991; (p. 20)
Strange Objects Bernard McKenna , Sharyn Pearce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Strange Journeys : The Works of Gary Crew 1999; (p. 52-95)
Teaching the Young a Sense of History Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 29 December 1990; (p. 4)
Australian Adolescent Literature in the 1990s Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 51-89)
Gary Crew : 'Explorer of the Dark Side' John Foster , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 135-143)
Post-Colonialism, Justice and Good Stories: An Interview with Gary Crew Bernard McKenna , Philip Neilsen , 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 14-30)
Identity in Australia : Gary Crew's Adolescent Novels Sharyn Pearce , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 1 no. 2 1990; (p. 51-58)
The Development of Structure and Style in the Fiction of Gary Crew Pamela Lloyd , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 1 no. 4 1993; (p. 12-15)
The Ambiguity of Hesitation in Cary Crew's 'Strange Objects' Michael Stone , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 3 no. 1 1992; (p. 18-27)
Aboriginal Australia : A Century of Attitudinal Change John Foster , E. J. Finnis , Maureen Nimon , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 35-52)
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Settings:
  • Western Australia,
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • 1980s
  • 1620s
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