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y separately published work icon Obernewtyn single work   novel   young adult   fantasy  
Is part of The Obernewtyn Chronicles Isobelle Carmody , 1987 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Obernewtyn
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'Elspeth is one of a new breed born into a world recovering from widespread destruction. The ruling council will tolerate no opposition. Elspeth must hide her telepathic powers in order to survive. In the mountain orphanage of Obernewtyn, Elspeth meets others with similar powers and together they confront the evil hidden there.' (Source: Trove)

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Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has been translated into Japanese.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1987 .
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      Extent: 248p.
      Description: map.
      ISBN: 0140322310
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1993 .
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      Extent: 247p.
      Description: map.
      ISBN: 0140178546 (pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1994 .
      Extent: 248p.
      Description: map.
      ISBN: 0140347690
      • Publisher: Tor
      New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Tor ,
      1999 .
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      Extent: 253p.
      Description: map.
      ISBN: 0312869584
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Books One, Two and Three Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Penguin , 2002 Z1314975 2002 selected work novel young adult fantasy Camberwell : Penguin , 2002
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2010 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 28 June 2010
      ISBN: 9780143204787
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 23/04/2014
      ISBN: 9780734311214
      Series: y separately published work icon Pink Popular Penguin Melbourne : Penguin , 2013 5970429 2013 series - publisher novel
Alternative title: ミスフィットの秘密
Transliterated title: Misufitto no himitsu
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
      c
      Japan,
      c
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Shōgakukan ,
      2007 .
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      Extent: 408p.
      ISBN: 9784094520347, 4094520341

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  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

The Perfect Place to Set a Novel about the End of the World? Trends in Australian Post-Nuclear Fiction for Young Adults Elizabeth Braithwaite , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bookbird , vol. 53 no. 2 2015; (p. 22-29)
'"Australia has a fascinating yet contradictory nuclear history," writes Jeffrey Lantis, and this ambiguity can be seen in the post-nuclear young adult fiction produced in that country. British, American and German speculative fiction for young readers set after nuclear disaster tends to suggest reasons for the disaster, and by implication, to position readers towards acting to stop the disaster happening in the real world. By contrast, Australian writers of both fantasy and speculative fiction tend to be less concerned with the cause of the disaster than with how the nuclear apocalypse can be used to explore a range of cultural issues which may appear to have little or nothing to do with nuclear disaster. Working with the notion of apocalypse as both revelation and, more popularly, as a violent "end event" (Curtis), this paper explores why young adult post-nuclear fiction produced in Australia tends to be different from that produced in Britain, the USA and Germany, and demonstrates how the nuclear disaster is used in a selection of Australian young adult post-disaster fiction to address cultural issues, particularly those dealing with Australia's Indigenous population, and with the contemporary treatment of refugees.' (Publication summary)
Post-Disaster Fiction for Young Adults : Some Trends and Variations Elizabeth Braithwaite , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 2010; (p. 5-19)
'Taking as its central question: 'What narrative functions does the disaster in young adult postdisaster fiction have?', this paper explores how the genre is utilised to make comment on a range of issues, and argues that there are three connected sub-genres within young adult post-disaster fiction, with the disaster having a different function in each, and the nature of the comments made by each of these sub-genres tending also to be different.
Stephens considers that: 'The main distinguishing feature of the genre is that its texts are set in a fantasy future which exists some time after the world we know has been destroyed by a cataclysmic disaster, usually caused by human actions' (1992, p.126).
This paper broadens this definition to include texts in which the disaster actually happens but in which the focus is on life after the disaster. It understands fantasy to include speculative fiction which seeks to portray pre-disaster life as similar to the implied young adult reader's, as well as works of high fantasy in which the disaster has made Earth into a kind of secondary world (see Sands 1998, p.232), and focuses on novels in which the disaster has clearly been caused by humans in some way' (Authors abstract).
Isobelle Carmody : 'Myth Maker' Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 115-125)
What is the Reality of Fantasy and Science Fiction? Geoff Bull , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making It Real : Proceedings of the Fourth Children's Literature Conference 1997; (p. 40-54)
Isobelle Carmody : An Interview Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Sirius , March no. 8 1995; (p. 11-16)
[Review] Obernewtyn Mandy Cheetham , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 3 no. 3 1988; (p. 32)

— Review of Obernewtyn Isobelle Carmody , 1987 single work novel
Nude Boy in Cover-Up Mark Macleod , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 1988;

— Review of Where the Forest Meets the Sea Jeannie Baker , 1987 single work picture book ; So Much to Tell You John Marsden , 1987 single work novel ; Pheasant and Kingfisher Catherine H. Berndt , 1987 single work picture book ; The Long Red Scarf Nette Hilton , 1987 single work picture book ; The Landing : A Night of Birds Katherine Scholes , 1987 single work children's fiction ; Deezle Boy Eleanor Spence , 1987 single work novel ; My Place : The Story of Australia from Now to Then Nadia Wheatley , Donna Rawlins , 1987 single work picture book ; Digging to China Donna Rawlins , 1988 single work picture book ; Obernewtyn Isobelle Carmody , 1987 single work novel ; A Paddock of Poems Max Fatchen , 1987 selected work poetry ; Looking Out For Sampson Libby Hathorn , 1987 single work children's fiction ; The Makers Victor Kelleher , 1987 single work novel ; Birk, the Berserker Robin Klein , 1987 single work children's fiction ; Tucking Mummy In Morag Loh , 1987 single work picture book
[Review] Obernewtyn Margot Nelmes , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 32 no. 2 1988; (p. 46)

— Review of Obernewtyn Isobelle Carmody , 1987 single work novel
Know the Author : Isobelle Carmody Alfred R. Mappin , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 9 no. 3 1994; (p. 18-21)
The Medieval and the Fantastic Sophie Masson , 1995 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 10 no. 4 1995; (p. 8-9)
Masson discusses the popularity of fantasy, and examines how authors often chose a Celtic or medieval Europe style setting for their works.
Isobelle Carmody : An Interview Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Sirius , March no. 8 1995; (p. 11-16)
Post-Disaster Fiction for Young Adults : Some Trends and Variations Elizabeth Braithwaite , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 2010; (p. 5-19)
'Taking as its central question: 'What narrative functions does the disaster in young adult postdisaster fiction have?', this paper explores how the genre is utilised to make comment on a range of issues, and argues that there are three connected sub-genres within young adult post-disaster fiction, with the disaster having a different function in each, and the nature of the comments made by each of these sub-genres tending also to be different.
Stephens considers that: 'The main distinguishing feature of the genre is that its texts are set in a fantasy future which exists some time after the world we know has been destroyed by a cataclysmic disaster, usually caused by human actions' (1992, p.126).
This paper broadens this definition to include texts in which the disaster actually happens but in which the focus is on life after the disaster. It understands fantasy to include speculative fiction which seeks to portray pre-disaster life as similar to the implied young adult reader's, as well as works of high fantasy in which the disaster has made Earth into a kind of secondary world (see Sands 1998, p.232), and focuses on novels in which the disaster has clearly been caused by humans in some way' (Authors abstract).
A Dream That Calls Kate Veitch (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 169 1995; (p. 65-67)
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