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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life
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Teenage Ariel is not happy to have to share her life with the son of her mother's friend until the two take a trip to The Island, a fantasy place where literary characters are sent by writers to mend their ways.

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  • Also published in braille format.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1992 .
      Extent: 184p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1863732772
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2000 .
      Extent: 182p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1865082635

Works about this Work

Untitled Joanne Culshaw , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 3 2000; (p. 48-49)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel
Subversion and Survival: Australian Children's Novels in Postmodernity Peter Kneale , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 21-30)
Kneale examines three Australian novels, To the Dark Tower (Victor Kelleher), The Best Thing (Margo Lanagan) and Ariel, Ted and the Secret of Life, and argues that they all 'contain strands of subversion consistent with contemporary critical and literary theories and the spirit of postmodernist discourse' (21). Drawing attention to the significance of the physical environment in Australian narratives, he claims that all three texts venture 'beyond the issues of survival against a challenging physical terrain or a specifically Australian cultural terrain to the question of survival against an uncertain conceptual terrain' (29). He concludes that while these narratives are not concerned with 'constructing a distinctively Australian setting they do not completely abandon the traditional Australian motif of survival' (29).
Untitled Stephanie Owen Reeder , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 8 no. 1 1993; (p. 30)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel
News from Down Under Karen Jameyson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , Jul/August vol. 69 no. 4 1993; (p. 496-498)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel ; Morgan and the Tooth Fairies Dee Huxley , 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman , 1992 single work children's fiction ; Belinda Pamela Allen , 1992 single work picture book ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson , 1992 single work picture book
Books Kids Will Love Robin Morrow , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , August 1993; (p. 241)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham , 1992 single work picture book ; The Giant's Tooth Gillian Rubinstein , 1993 single work children's fiction ; Hairy Charlie and the Frog Jackie French , 1993 single work picture book ; My Dearest Dinosaur Margaret Wild , 1992 single work picture book ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher , 1992 single work children's fiction
Untitled Joanne Culshaw , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 3 2000; (p. 48-49)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel
Books Kids Will Love Robin Morrow , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , August 1993; (p. 241)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham , 1992 single work picture book ; The Giant's Tooth Gillian Rubinstein , 1993 single work children's fiction ; Hairy Charlie and the Frog Jackie French , 1993 single work picture book ; My Dearest Dinosaur Margaret Wild , 1992 single work picture book ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher , 1992 single work children's fiction
News from Down Under Karen Jameyson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , Jul/August vol. 69 no. 4 1993; (p. 496-498)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel ; Morgan and the Tooth Fairies Dee Huxley , 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman , 1992 single work children's fiction ; Belinda Pamela Allen , 1992 single work picture book ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson , 1992 single work picture book
Reviews 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Rippa Reading , vol. 33 no. 5 1992; (p. 25 - 26)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel
Untitled Judith James , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , July vol. 36 no. 3 1992; (p. 28)

— Review of Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life Anna Fienberg , 1992 single work novel
Subversion and Survival: Australian Children's Novels in Postmodernity Peter Kneale , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 21-30)
Kneale examines three Australian novels, To the Dark Tower (Victor Kelleher), The Best Thing (Margo Lanagan) and Ariel, Ted and the Secret of Life, and argues that they all 'contain strands of subversion consistent with contemporary critical and literary theories and the spirit of postmodernist discourse' (21). Drawing attention to the significance of the physical environment in Australian narratives, he claims that all three texts venture 'beyond the issues of survival against a challenging physical terrain or a specifically Australian cultural terrain to the question of survival against an uncertain conceptual terrain' (29). He concludes that while these narratives are not concerned with 'constructing a distinctively Australian setting they do not completely abandon the traditional Australian motif of survival' (29).
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