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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Somewhere Around the Corner
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While participating in a political demonstration, a young Australian girl finds herself transported back in time to a homeless camp during the Depression where she discovers that the actions of one person can make a difference.

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1994 .
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      Extent: 212p.
      ISBN: 0207183597
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Henry Holt ,
      1995 .
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      Extent: 230p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0805038892, 0207183597 (pbk.)

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Slipping back through Time : Discovering Time-Slip Fiction Jenny Sandercombe , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 8-11)
y separately published work icon Re-Visiting Historical Fiction for Young Readers : The Past through Modern Eyes Kim Wilson , New York (City) : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2011 Z1886683 2011 single work criticism 'This study is concerned with how readers are positioned to interpret the past in historical fiction for children and young adults. Looking at literature published within the last thirty to forty years, Wilson identifies and explores a prevalent trend for re-visioning and rewriting the past according to modern social and political ideological assumptions. Fiction within this genre, while concerned with the past at the level of content, is additionally concerned with present views of that historical past because of the future to which it is moving. Specific areas of discussion include the identification of a new sub-genre: Living history fiction, stories of Joan of Arc, historical fiction featuring agentic females, the very popular Scholastic Press historical journal series, fictions of war, and historical fiction featuring multicultural discourses.

Wilson observes specific traits in historical fiction written for children — most notably how the notion of positive progress into the future is nuanced differently in this literature in which the concept of progress from the past is inextricably linked to the protagonist's potential for agency and the realization of subjectivity. The genre consistently manifests a concern with identity construction that in turn informs and influences how a metanarrative of positive progress is played out. This book engages in a discussion of the functionality of the past within the genre and offers an interpretative frame for the sifting out of the present from the past in historical fiction for young readers.' (Publisher's blurb)
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 Novels by Jackie French Wendy Michaels , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Classroom , vol. 24 no. 3 2004; (p. 21-22)
Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1995 : Judges' Report 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 2-10)
[Review] Somewhere Around the Corner Laurie Copping , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 38 no. 3 1994; (p. 37)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction
[Review] Somewhere Around the Corner Alan Horsfield , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 9 no. 5 1994; (p. 28)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction
[Review] Somewhere Around the Corner Avis Page , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 2 1994; (p. 16)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction
Ten Little Australians for Middle-Aged Children Heather Scutter , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , November vol. 7 no. 3-4 1995; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Foxspell Gillian Rubinstein , 1994 single work novel ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel ; Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Jake and Pete Gillian Rubinstein , 1995 selected work children's fiction ; Way Home Libby Hathorn , 1994 single work picture book ; Featherbys Mary Steele , 1993 single work novel ; A Bit of a Hitch Mary Steele , 1995 selected work children's fiction ; The Magic Caravan Paty Marshall-Stace , 1995 single work children's fiction ; Ark in the Park Wendy Orr , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel
Fine Descriptive Prose Laurie Copping , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 1994; (p. C11)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Reckless Rhymes Colin Thiele , 1994 selected work poetry
Historical Novels by Jackie French Wendy Michaels , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Classroom , vol. 24 no. 3 2004; (p. 21-22)
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).
Slipping back through Time : Discovering Time-Slip Fiction Jenny Sandercombe , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 8-11)
Canberra Writers in Running for Awards Robert Hefner , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 April 1995; (p. 4)
Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1995 : Judges' Report 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 2-10)
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