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John Heffernan John Heffernan i(A48609 works by)
Born: Established: 1949 ;
Gender: Male
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John Heffernan has been a teacher and farmer, and has lived on a sheep and cattle property in New South Wales with his wife, eight dogs, three cats and many horses. He has written picture books for children and novels for older readers. His first book, Spud, was about a blue heeler cattle dog and won several literary awards. Much of his writing is inspired by his experiences living close to the land.

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y separately published work icon Hotaka Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10673706 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'A powerful and moving story about one boy caught up in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

'When the tsunami strikes the Japanese seaside town of Omori-wan, the effects are utterly devastating. Three years later, much of what happened on that day is still a mystery. As Hotaka sets about convincing local performers to appear at the town's upcoming Memorial Concert, he finds himself increasingly haunted by memories of best friend, Takeshi, who perished without trace in the tsunami. Then his friend Sakura becomes involved in an anti-seawall movement, and all too quickly the protest gets serious. As the town and its people struggle to rebuild their lives, can Hotaka piece together what happened that day - and let go of the past? ' (Publication summary)

2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Naveed Allen and Unwin , 2014 8357867 2014 single work novel young adult

'The explosion jolts him awake. He sits up, gasping for air, heart thumping.

'Was the blast real? Perhaps it had only happened in his head, a bad dream. Demons of the dark, his father had called them. 'Push them away. They'll only poison your thoughts. Seek the light and they can't hurt you.'

'Naveed is sick of war - of the foreign powers and the Taliban, the warlords and the drug barons that together have torn Afghanistan apart. He's had to grow up quickly to take care of his widowed mother and little sister, making what little money he can doing odd jobs and selling at the markets. When he adopts Nasera, a street dog with extraordinary abilities, he has a chance to help rebuild his country. But will a new friend's betrayal crush his dreams of peace forever?

'From the winter of war comes the spring of hope.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2017 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2015 honour book KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
y separately published work icon Where There's Smoke Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2010 Z1697458 2010 single work children's fiction children's

There's smoke over the hills, but nobody in Edenville seems too concerned, even though it's fire season and the bush is tinder-dry. Luke has made friends in this town, his mum has found a job she likes, and it's starting to look as if they'll stay for a while. But Luke knows that good things don't last, and everything he has come to rely on is threatened by a much bigger event, one that could destroy everyone and everything. (Source: Google Books)

2011 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
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