Zana Fraillon Zana Fraillon i(A127710 works by)
Gender: Female
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Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. At the age of twenty, she lived for a year in China teaching English in a remote rural area. She has since returned to Melbourne.

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The Ones That Disappeared 2017 single work novel young adult

'Around the world, millions of people - including many children - are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this incredible book, Zana Fraillon imagines the story of three such children, Esra, Miran and Isa. The result is powerful, heartbreaking and unforgettable.

'Esra, Miran and Isa work for the Snakeskin gang, tending to plants in the dark and airless basement of a house they are not allowed to leave. They’ve been told that they belong to the Snakeskins, but Esra knows that she belongs to no one - and she is determined to find freedom. This is a Skellig for this generation; beautiful, magical and with Zana Fraillon’s incredible talent for combining important global issues with extraordinary storytelling.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
The Bone Sparrow 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wise as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.

'Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent.

'Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

'The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies.

'Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.' (Publication summary)

2018 winner IBBY Honour Diploma Writing
2017 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
2017 shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize
2017 Honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2017 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2017 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2017 longlisted International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Children's
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2017 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2016 shortlisted International Awards Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
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