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1 y separately published work icon Bella and the Wandering House Megan McKinlay , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2015 8836341 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up? ' (Publication summary)

1 6 y separately published work icon The Words to Remember It : Memoirs of Child Holocaust Survivors Nicola Shafer (editor), Carlton : Scribe , 2009 Z1572449 2009 anthology autobiography

'Accurate numbers can never be known, but it is estimated that more than one million children under the age of sixteen perished during the Holocaust. For the children who survived, what they saw and heard, and what they lost, remains an indelible trauma that affects them each, differently, in profound and unspeakable ways.

In 1987 in Sydney, a number of child survivors formed a group so that they could meet in a safe environment to share their stories and begin to process their grief. Later, a member of the group, Nora M. Huppert, organised creative writing sessions for members.

For many, finding ways to remember was the beginning of a painful reintegration of their sense of self - a realisation that they were, in fact, child survivors of the Holocaust. In telling their stories, there was relief to be found in finally connecting their memories with context and meaning, and in having them validated. As contributors read over their stories and discussed the illustrations, they found themselves remembering more and more details, and the stories grew and grew into a broad picture of life before, during and after the Second World War, from Paris to Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vilno, and Shanghai.

In this indescribably moving collection, the 32 members of the group share the stories of their unfathomable experiences of loss, and of their ultimate endurance.' (Publisher's blurb)