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Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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'This is a story of friendship, courage and a bit of crime. Bridget wants a quiet life. Including, if possible, keeping her parents out of prison. Then a boy called Menzies makes her an offer she can't refuse, and they set off on a job of their own. It's a desperate, daring plan - to rescue two kids, Jamal and Bibi, from a desert detention centre. Can Bridget and Menzies pull off their very first jail break, or will they end up behind bars too? Sometimes, to help a friend, you have to dig deep.' (Source: Author's website)

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it contains Afghan characters.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 2004 .
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      Extent: 184p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 07/06/2004
      ISBN: 0143300466

Works about this Work

Building Cultural Citizenship : Multiculturalism and Children's Literature Wenche Ommundsen , Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 3-6)
In the Wake of the Tampa : Multiculturalism, Cultural Citizenship and Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 21-35)
Through the concept of cultural citizenship, Ommundsen comments on recent literary portrayals of asylum seeking and refugee experiences and how they might speak to contemporary views on multiculturalism in Australia.
Under the Wire : Detainee Activism in Australian Children's Literature Debra Dudek , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 17-22)

Debra Dudek critiques two novels by Morris Gleitzman, Girl Underground (2004) and Boy Overboard (2002), analysing the representation of ethical relationships between detainees and Australian citizens. In relation to children's multicultural fictions and non-fictions, Dudek suggests that in terms of cultural citizenship, Australia needs to move from 'an ethics of compassion to an ethics of responsibility' in order to understand tolerance as 'a way of respecting absolute differences' (20-21).

Dudek explains how an ethics of responsibility requires the citizens of Australia to actively participate in the dismantling of mandatory detention as an enactment of justice that works towards realizing the meaning of a 'fulfilling social life' (20-21). For Dudek (and others) this begins with the recognition of difference rather than its effacement.

Of Murmels and Snigs : Detention-Centre Narratives in Australian Literature for Children and Young Adults Debra Dudek , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 185 2006; (p. 38-42)

— Review of From Nothing to Zero : Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres 2003 anthology correspondence ; Walk in My Shoes Alwyn Evans 2004 single work novel ; Dark Dreams : Australian Refugee Stories 2004 anthology autobiography biography essay poetry ; Alyzon Whitestarr Isobelle Carmody 2005 single work novel ; No Place Like Home : Australian Stories by Young Writers Aged 8-21 Years 2005 anthology biography short story autobiography essay ; Number 8 Anna Fienberg 2006 single work novel ; Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman 2002 single work children's fiction ; Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction ; Soraya the Storyteller Rosanne Hawke 2004 single work children's fiction ; Ali the Bold Heart Jane Jolly 2006 single work picture book ; Another Country 2004 anthology poetry autobiography prose diary correspondence ; Refugees David Miller 2003 single work picture book ; The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Can't Help Flying High and Falling in Deep) Martine Murray 2005 single work children's fiction ; Dancing the Boom-Cha-Cha Boogie Narelle Oliver 2005 single work picture book ; Dreaming Australia Steve Tolbert 2004 single work novel
Children's Author Strives to Bring Social Ills to Book Elizabeth Allen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 June 2004; (p. 9)
Novel View on Ruining Childhood Debbie Slater , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Wendy Michaels , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Sam Blashki , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Marilyn Shepherd , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Sophie Masson , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Seeking the Child Inside Jane Sullivan , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 July 2004; (p. 3)
The Politics of Writing for Children Christopher Bantick , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 July 2004; (p. 1a)
About Girl Overboard [i.e. Underground] by Morris Gleitzman Susan La Marca (interviewer), Pam Macintyre (interviewer), 2004 single work interview
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 12 no. 2 2004; (p. 13-14)
Unabashed Author Aims to Reoffend Robin Usher , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 September 2004; (p. 4)
Untitled Gail Mahon , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , June vol. 83 no. 11 2004; (p. 31)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Young Adults Lorien Kaye , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Teenage Dilemmas Unfurled Jodie Minus , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 July 2004; (p. 15)

— Review of Sly Rick Feneley 1995 single work novel ; Shelf Life Robert Corbet 2004 single work novel ; Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Untitled Helen Purdie , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 19 no. 3 2004; (p. 35)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Bernadette Welch , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 12 no. 3 2004; (p. 44)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Bookshelf Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 September 2004; (p. 9)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction ; Being Bindy Alyssa Brugman 2004 single work novel ; Dancing on Knives Jenny Pausacker 2004 single work novel
Untitled Gail Mahon , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , June vol. 83 no. 11 2004; (p. 31)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Young Adults Lorien Kaye , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Teenage Dilemmas Unfurled Jodie Minus , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 July 2004; (p. 15)

— Review of Sly Rick Feneley 1995 single work novel ; Shelf Life Robert Corbet 2004 single work novel ; Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Untitled Helen Purdie , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 19 no. 3 2004; (p. 35)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Bernadette Welch , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 12 no. 3 2004; (p. 44)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Bookshelf Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 September 2004; (p. 9)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction ; Being Bindy Alyssa Brugman 2004 single work novel ; Dancing on Knives Jenny Pausacker 2004 single work novel
Separate Hells Margaret MacNabb , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 265 2004; (p. 62-63)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction ; Orphans of the Queen Ruth Starke 2004 single work children's fiction ; Tiff and the Trout David Metzenthen 2004 single work novel
Untitled Mike Shuttleworth , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , October no. 3 2004; (p. 16)

— Review of Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction
Of Murmels and Snigs : Detention-Centre Narratives in Australian Literature for Children and Young Adults Debra Dudek , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 185 2006; (p. 38-42)

— Review of From Nothing to Zero : Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres 2003 anthology correspondence ; Walk in My Shoes Alwyn Evans 2004 single work novel ; Dark Dreams : Australian Refugee Stories 2004 anthology autobiography biography essay poetry ; Alyzon Whitestarr Isobelle Carmody 2005 single work novel ; No Place Like Home : Australian Stories by Young Writers Aged 8-21 Years 2005 anthology biography short story autobiography essay ; Number 8 Anna Fienberg 2006 single work novel ; Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman 2002 single work children's fiction ; Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman 2004 single work children's fiction ; Soraya the Storyteller Rosanne Hawke 2004 single work children's fiction ; Ali the Bold Heart Jane Jolly 2006 single work picture book ; Another Country 2004 anthology poetry autobiography prose diary correspondence ; Refugees David Miller 2003 single work picture book ; The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Can't Help Flying High and Falling in Deep) Martine Murray 2005 single work children's fiction ; Dancing the Boom-Cha-Cha Boogie Narelle Oliver 2005 single work picture book ; Dreaming Australia Steve Tolbert 2004 single work novel
Children's Author Strives to Bring Social Ills to Book Elizabeth Allen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 June 2004; (p. 9)
Novel View on Ruining Childhood Debbie Slater , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Wendy Michaels , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Sam Blashki , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Marilyn Shepherd , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Untitled Sophie Masson , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
Seeking the Child Inside Jane Sullivan , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 July 2004; (p. 3)
The Politics of Writing for Children Christopher Bantick , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 July 2004; (p. 1a)
About Girl Overboard [i.e. Underground] by Morris Gleitzman Susan La Marca (interviewer), Pam Macintyre (interviewer), 2004 single work interview
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 12 no. 2 2004; (p. 13-14)
Unabashed Author Aims to Reoffend Robin Usher , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 September 2004; (p. 4)
In the Wake of the Tampa : Multiculturalism, Cultural Citizenship and Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 21-35)
Through the concept of cultural citizenship, Ommundsen comments on recent literary portrayals of asylum seeking and refugee experiences and how they might speak to contemporary views on multiculturalism in Australia.
Under the Wire : Detainee Activism in Australian Children's Literature Debra Dudek , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 17-22)

Debra Dudek critiques two novels by Morris Gleitzman, Girl Underground (2004) and Boy Overboard (2002), analysing the representation of ethical relationships between detainees and Australian citizens. In relation to children's multicultural fictions and non-fictions, Dudek suggests that in terms of cultural citizenship, Australia needs to move from 'an ethics of compassion to an ethics of responsibility' in order to understand tolerance as 'a way of respecting absolute differences' (20-21).

Dudek explains how an ethics of responsibility requires the citizens of Australia to actively participate in the dismantling of mandatory detention as an enactment of justice that works towards realizing the meaning of a 'fulfilling social life' (20-21). For Dudek (and others) this begins with the recognition of difference rather than its effacement.

Building Cultural Citizenship : Multiculturalism and Children's Literature Wenche Ommundsen , Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 3-6)
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