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Issue Details: First known date: 1973 1973
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Simon Brent is orphaned. Still shocked, he is taken to live with his only relatives, brother and sister Charlie and Edie Waters, who live on a farm. There, Simon meets the Aboriginal spirits who also live on the land. Together Simon, Charlie, Edie, and the spirits save the land from the ancient Nargun. The story is memorable in the portrayal of the Nargun and the spirits, as well as the characters of Charlie and Edie, and the depiction of Simon's change from a shocked and emotionally frozen individual to a normal boy.

Adaptations

form y The Nargun and the Stars Margaret Kelly , Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1981 Z1849117 1981 series - publisher film/TV

Based on the novel by Patricia Wrightson, The Nargun and the Stars follows Simon, a heartbroken and orphaned boy from the city, who goes to live with cousins on a remote country property. Hidden in the depths of the property, he discovers a variety of creatures from the distant Dreamtime. But not all are benevolent, as Simon discovers when the threat of development wakes the stone Nargun.

With an overt environmental message and a strong focus on Indigenous Australian mythologies, The Nargun and the Stars attracted positive interest from reviewers, though Greg Flynn noted in the Australian Women's Weekly that the Potkoorok's voice is 'the fruity vowel sounds of the regrettably late Noel Brophy', and adds 'Surely the Aboriginals never imagined their swamp-dwelling monster sounding like a music hall turn?' Ultimately, however, Flynn noted that 'As with fantastic children's stories, it's the creatures and the gimmicks which make the programme fascinating. But the plot does have its merits. Although the series takes a while to pick up speed, once the Dreamtimers appear most viewers should be captivated by this story of the bush defending itself againt the crass hand of man.'

Source: Australian Women's Weekly, Wed. 23 September 1981, p.145.

The Nargun and the Stars Verity Laughton , 2009 single work drama children's

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Japanese translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Hutchinson , 1973 .
      7974253208538461919.jpg
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      Extent: 158p.
      Reprinted: 1988 With ISBN 0091574404 , 1996 With ISBN 0091574404
      ISBN: 0091176905
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1973 .
      Extent: 160p.
      Edition info: A Puffin book.
      Description: map.
      Reprinted: 1975 , 2000 With ISBN 0141307293
      ISBN: 014030780X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      McElderry Books , 1986 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Description: map.
      ISBN: 0689504039
Notes:
Illustrated version.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1973 .
      Extent: 160p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Atheneum , 1974 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Edition info: A Margaret K. McElderry book; [1st US ed.].
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1986
      ISBN: 0689304323
    • Hawthorn, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hutchinson Australia , 1988 .
      Extent: 142p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • Previously published without illustrations. Richmond, Vic. : Hutchinson, 1973; Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1975.

        White copy inscribed by author.

      ISBN: 0091574404
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Puffin , 1988 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Description: illus., [2]p. of plates.
      ISBN: 014030780X (pbk.)

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