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Issue Details: First known date: 2000 2000
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'For Xavier McLachlan, rugby is life. Winning a 1st XV jersey means everything...until he meets Nuala Magee. Has there ever been a girl like her? She's feisty, she's troubled, she's dangerous. What will his mates think? Does he even care? Xavier McLachlan is in love.' - back cover (2007)

Notes

  • Included in the 2001 White Ravens Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.
  • James Moloney includes teaching notes for this novel on his website. (Sighted: 21/06/2016)
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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Works about this Work

Untitled Jean Yates , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Books from Our Backyard : Must-Read Books from Queensland 2006; (p. 96)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Editor's Introduction: Always Facing the Issues - Preoccupations in Australian Children's Literature John Stephens , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. v-xvii)
Fictional Fathers : Gender Representation in Children's Fiction Wendy Michaels , Donna Gibbs , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 12 no. 3 2002; (p. 35-45)

Wendy Michaels and Donna Gibbs analyse several Australian children's texts regarding the 'pattern and trends in relation to the representation of father and father-figures' (37). They believe it is crucial for young adult readers to develop a critical awareness of 'the subtle processes at work in the fiction they are reading' because of the significance textual representation plays in the construction of child-adolescent identity (42-43). The discussion refers to previous studies concerning the construction of masculinity and femininity and the role of children's fiction as a socialising agent regarding appropriate gender roles providing a framework for the interrogation of textual constructions and representations of the father/child relationship. A close reading of Dogs and The Simple Gift precedes a shorter discussion of the novels Touch Me, Thursday's Child, Wolf on the Fold and Fighting Ruben Wolf, and leads Michaels and Gibbs to contend that none of the fathers in the stories are portayed as having a strong relationship with their children and they draw an interesting parallel to the roles ascribed to wicked step-mothers, arguing that currently, young adult readers are presented with models of masculine behaviour that reinforce cultural stereotypes of fathers as essentially ineffectual or morally bankrupt - or both (42). Effective parenting is often directed at surrogate children rather than biological children while it is the serious flaws and shortcomings of the father-child relationship that are of central concern in the novels discussed (40).

The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 2001 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 45 no. 3 2001; (p. 2-12)
Love, Sex and Football James Moloney , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 8 no. 1 2000; (p. 4-5)
Viewpoints on Literacy: Challenging Voices, Changing Views James Moloney , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints on Literacy : Challenging Voices, Changing Views : First Annual Conference Jointly Presented by The School Library Association of Victoria and 'Viewpoint: On Books for Young Adults', November 1999 2000; (p. 7-19)
Footy Lee Finkelstein , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 44 no. 3 2000; (p. 39)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; The Crush Scott Monk 2000 single work novel ; The Redback Leftovers Debra Oswald 2000 single work novel
Untitled Moira Robinson , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 15 no. 2 2000; (p. 36)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Untitled Leigh Williamson , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 42)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
CoverNotes Mike Shuttleworth , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 May 2000; (p. 11)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Similar Themes, but Very Different Stephen Matthews , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 June 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; The Crush Scott Monk 2000 single work novel
Generation Next Pam Macintyre , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , June vol. 5 no. 5 2000; (p. 25)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; Big Funky Action Jeff Raglus 1999 selected work short story
Burning Concern Stephen Matthews , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 222 2000; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
'Touch Me' by James Moloney Stella Lees , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 8 no. 2 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Footy Lee Finkelstein , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 44 no. 3 2000; (p. 39)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; The Crush Scott Monk 2000 single work novel ; The Redback Leftovers Debra Oswald 2000 single work novel
Untitled Moira Robinson , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 15 no. 2 2000; (p. 36)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Untitled Jean Yates , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Books from Our Backyard : Must-Read Books from Queensland 2006; (p. 96)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Untitled Leigh Williamson , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 42)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
CoverNotes Mike Shuttleworth , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 May 2000; (p. 11)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
Similar Themes, but Very Different Stephen Matthews , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 June 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; The Crush Scott Monk 2000 single work novel
Generation Next Pam Macintyre , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , June vol. 5 no. 5 2000; (p. 25)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel ; Big Funky Action Jeff Raglus 1999 selected work short story
Burning Concern Stephen Matthews , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 222 2000; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
'Touch Me' by James Moloney Stella Lees , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 8 no. 2 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Touch Me James Moloney 2000 single work novel
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 2001 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 45 no. 3 2001; (p. 2-12)
Fictional Fathers : Gender Representation in Children's Fiction Wendy Michaels , Donna Gibbs , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 12 no. 3 2002; (p. 35-45)

Wendy Michaels and Donna Gibbs analyse several Australian children's texts regarding the 'pattern and trends in relation to the representation of father and father-figures' (37). They believe it is crucial for young adult readers to develop a critical awareness of 'the subtle processes at work in the fiction they are reading' because of the significance textual representation plays in the construction of child-adolescent identity (42-43). The discussion refers to previous studies concerning the construction of masculinity and femininity and the role of children's fiction as a socialising agent regarding appropriate gender roles providing a framework for the interrogation of textual constructions and representations of the father/child relationship. A close reading of Dogs and The Simple Gift precedes a shorter discussion of the novels Touch Me, Thursday's Child, Wolf on the Fold and Fighting Ruben Wolf, and leads Michaels and Gibbs to contend that none of the fathers in the stories are portayed as having a strong relationship with their children and they draw an interesting parallel to the roles ascribed to wicked step-mothers, arguing that currently, young adult readers are presented with models of masculine behaviour that reinforce cultural stereotypes of fathers as essentially ineffectual or morally bankrupt - or both (42). Effective parenting is often directed at surrogate children rather than biological children while it is the serious flaws and shortcomings of the father-child relationship that are of central concern in the novels discussed (40).

Editor's Introduction: Always Facing the Issues - Preoccupations in Australian Children's Literature John Stephens , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. v-xvii)
Love, Sex and Football James Moloney , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 8 no. 1 2000; (p. 4-5)
Viewpoints on Literacy: Challenging Voices, Changing Views James Moloney , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints on Literacy : Challenging Voices, Changing Views : First Annual Conference Jointly Presented by The School Library Association of Victoria and 'Viewpoint: On Books for Young Adults', November 1999 2000; (p. 7-19)
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