y Mavis Road Medley single work   novel   young adult   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 1991 1991
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'Didi (actually named Eurydice) is miserable and unsettled because her father's work has forced her to leave her friends and school in Sydney. Jamie, older sister Kate's boyfriend, is also unsettled because of his parents' divorce and his recent move to Melbourne. Kate resents Jamie's absorption in music and his need to earn money.

'While Didi and Jamie happen to be watching an old film, On our Selection, they are inexplicably transported back to 1933. Though initially terrified, Jamie and Didi are quickly befriended by the lively argumentative Sam and his fiancee Selma and taken into the Finkelsteins' welcoming boarding house.

'Once the shock of finding themselves in a totally strange environment wears off, Didi and Jamie decide to make the most of their unusual circumstances. They don't even like each other, and now they must learn to live together. Against a backdrop of Depression Melbourne, early European migration and the excitement of Wirth's Circus on the site of the present Victorian Arts Centre, they must find a way home or stay in 1933 forever.

'Why does all this happen? Important clues are the trunkful of old clothes Didi finds in the cellar and Jamie's harmonica'. Source: author's website.

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Works about this Work

Fictionalising History for Young Readers Goldie Alexander , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Childrens' Book Council of Australia , August vol. 55 no. 3 2011; (p. 15-16)
Living History Fiction Kim Wilson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 2010; (p. 77-86)
'During my research into historical fiction for children and young adult readers I came across a range of texts that relied on a living or lived experience of history to frame the historical story. These novels were similar to the time-slip narrative; however, not all examples used the traditional convention of time-slippage. I wanted to bundle these novels together - 'time-slip' novels included - as examples of 'living history' narratives because they appeared from the outset as a distinct literary form requiring particular reading strategies.
These texts, which I will refer to as Living history novels, require readers to align uncritically with modern perception. Readers are persuasively invited to assume that the modern characters' perception of the past is authentic because it has been formed by a lived experience of history. In Living history novels, readers are positioned to perceive both the strengths and weaknesses of past and present times, ultimately reconciling the two in a present that faces chronologically forwards. Modern focalising characters in Living history fiction place modern perception in a superior relationship to that of the past.
This sub-genre of historical novels is distinctive in its strong and consistent modern character focalisation and point of view. The Living history novel creates a confluence of past and present, be it physically or psychically. Characters are variously conveyed from a generalised present, or past, to an explicit historical period or event. The Living history novel is distinctive in its intense character introversion, quest journey and self-discovery. The most important outcome of the living history experience is that characters learn something significant about themselves. Because the story is about the modern character's quest and self realisation, the past is consistently perceived from their point of view. Modern characters are transported in time and readers are only rarely invited to see the past from a past point of view' (Author's abstract).
Historical-Based Fiction : Recreating Past Lives Goldie Alexander , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 28 October 2007; (p. 31)
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)
Multiculturalism in Recent Australian Children's Fiction : (Re)Constructing Selves Through Personal and National Histories John Stephens , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Other Worlds, Other Lives : Children's Literature Experiences : Volume 3 1996; (p. 1-19)
Stephens examines the dissemination of ideologies of multiculturalism in Australian children's texts.
Untitled Joan Zahnleiter , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 27)

— Review of Mavis Road Medley Goldie Alexander 1991 single work novel
Untitled Kristina Lindsay , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 6 no. 5 1991; (p. 32)

— Review of Mavis Road Medley Goldie Alexander 1991 single work novel
Untitled Joan Zahnleiter , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 27)

— Review of Mavis Road Medley Goldie Alexander 1991 single work novel
Untitled Kristina Lindsay , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 6 no. 5 1991; (p. 32)

— Review of Mavis Road Medley Goldie Alexander 1991 single work novel
Historical-Based Fiction : Recreating Past Lives Goldie Alexander , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 28 October 2007; (p. 31)
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)
Living History Fiction Kim Wilson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 2010; (p. 77-86)
'During my research into historical fiction for children and young adult readers I came across a range of texts that relied on a living or lived experience of history to frame the historical story. These novels were similar to the time-slip narrative; however, not all examples used the traditional convention of time-slippage. I wanted to bundle these novels together - 'time-slip' novels included - as examples of 'living history' narratives because they appeared from the outset as a distinct literary form requiring particular reading strategies.
These texts, which I will refer to as Living history novels, require readers to align uncritically with modern perception. Readers are persuasively invited to assume that the modern characters' perception of the past is authentic because it has been formed by a lived experience of history. In Living history novels, readers are positioned to perceive both the strengths and weaknesses of past and present times, ultimately reconciling the two in a present that faces chronologically forwards. Modern focalising characters in Living history fiction place modern perception in a superior relationship to that of the past.
This sub-genre of historical novels is distinctive in its strong and consistent modern character focalisation and point of view. The Living history novel creates a confluence of past and present, be it physically or psychically. Characters are variously conveyed from a generalised present, or past, to an explicit historical period or event. The Living history novel is distinctive in its intense character introversion, quest journey and self-discovery. The most important outcome of the living history experience is that characters learn something significant about themselves. Because the story is about the modern character's quest and self realisation, the past is consistently perceived from their point of view. Modern characters are transported in time and readers are only rarely invited to see the past from a past point of view' (Author's abstract).
Fictionalising History for Young Readers Goldie Alexander , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Childrens' Book Council of Australia , August vol. 55 no. 3 2011; (p. 15-16)
Multiculturalism in Recent Australian Children's Fiction : (Re)Constructing Selves Through Personal and National Histories John Stephens , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Other Worlds, Other Lives : Children's Literature Experiences : Volume 3 1996; (p. 1-19)
Stephens examines the dissemination of ideologies of multiculturalism in Australian children's texts.
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