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Alternative title: When the War Began
Is part of Tomorrow Series John Marsden , 1993 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 Tomorrow, When the War Began
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie , ( dir. Stuart Beattie ) Australia : Ambience Entertainment , 2009 Z1623916 2009 single work film/TV science fiction

Seven teenagers camp in a remote and idyllic location deep in the countryside. But that night, they see the sky filled with military aircraft, and return home to find their houses deserted and the locals detained in the showground. Escaping detection, the teenagers form themselves into a guerilla unit, hoping to prevent the invading Coalition Nations from bringing any more troops in by destroying the only bridge to nearby Cobbler's Bay, where the troop ships are moored.

form y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began Blake Ayshford , Alice Addison , Justin Monjo , Josh Mapleston , ( dir. Brendan Maher ) Australia : Ambience Entertainment ABC Television , 2016 8570775 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'When their country is invaded by a large hostile force, a group of teenagers fight for their family and homeland. Based on the era-defining novels by John Marsden.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Reading Australia

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)

Duration Four to six weeks

Curriculum Summary

Find a summary table for Australian Curriculum: English content descriptions and NSW Syllabus outcomes for this unit.

Themes

Day of the Girl, discovery, heroism, invasion and occupation of Australia, just war, maintaining moral values even in war, resistance, security, self-discovery, storytelling, survival, teenage gangs, war

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Notes

  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 31st favourite book.
  • Dedication: To my dear sister Robin Farran: so much admired.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Japanese, Chinese and Korean translations, and has an Asian-Australian character, Lee, of Thai and Vietnamese heritage.

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      Quercus ,
      1993 .
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      Extent: 286p.
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      • Publication Date: 01/03/2011

         

      ISBN: 9780857387332
    • Chippendale, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 1994 .
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      Courtesy of Pan Macmillan.
      Extent: 286p.
      Reprinted: 1998 , 1999 , 2000 , 2002 , 2005 , 2008
      ISBN: 0330274864 (pbk.
    • Boston, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Houghton Mifflin ,
      1995 .
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      Extent: 286p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0395706734
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan , 1995 .
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      Alternative title: When the War Began
      Extent: 286p.
      ISBN: 0330356968 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Bantam Books ,
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      Extent: 286p.
      ISBN: 044021985X
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      Edition info: TV Tie-In
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      • Published 22 March 2016
      ISBN: 9781743548493
Alternative title: Morgen toen de oorlog begon
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Jenny de Jonge ,
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      Extent: 336p.
      ISBN: 9073703522
    • Haarlem,
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      Gottmer ,
      1999 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Reprinted: 2000 , 2001 , 2003
      ISBN: 902573135X
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      Wolters-Noordhoff ,
      2006 .
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      Extent: 294p.
      ISBN: 9001560628, 9001560644
    • Haarlem,
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      Gottmer ,
      2011 .
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      Extent: 331p.
      ISBN: 9789025749552

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  • Braille.
  • Sound recording.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Nature and Its Elements : Reading Patterns in Dystopian Texts Patricia Dowsett , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 127-159)
'It Affects Us' : Teaching Dystopian Texts Sensitively Alex Wharton , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 64-84)
'Dystopia' : A History of the Genre in (and) Australia Amy Schoonens , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 8-34)
Tomorrow, When the War Began at Twenty Five : A Conversation with John Marsden Beth Dolan (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 34 no. 1 2019; (p. 18)
Uchronic Australia : Serious Issues Are Raised in Two Alternate Histories of Australia during the Pacific War David C. Miller , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , vol. 32 no. 1/2 2018; (p. 278-296)

'Though previous scholarship into alternate history narratives has been conducted, to date a set of "poetics" that defines this genre has not yet been developed (Chapman and Yoke 21). Indeed, there is a significant gap in knowledge regarding the alternate history genre; a collection of papers appearing in Classic and Iconoclastic Alternate History Science Fiction, edited by Edgar L. Chapman and Carl B. Yoke, identify this gap: "For while numerous alternate history tales have now been written, … no comprehensive poetics of this genre … has been developed" (21). This article seeks to address part of this gap by first coining a new term for the genre (Uchronic fiction) and by using two examples of alternate history narratives unique and particular to Australia (John Hooker's The Bush Soldiers and John A. Scott's N) to highlight some of the hitherto undefined "poetics" for this genre as they appear in these two examples of Uchronic fiction. These two novels also bring to the fore serious issues that are relevant to the discussion regarding the political agenda on the part of authors John Hooker and John A. Scott, both of whom do not shy away from addressing white Australia's historically poor treatment of Aboriginal people or from Australia's historical ambivalence and hostility toward nonwhite immigrants and people from Asia.' (Introduction)

[Review] Tomorrow, When the War Began Ashley Freeman , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 38 no. 2 1994; (p. 30)

— Review of Tomorrow, When the War Began John Marsden , 1993 single work novel
[Review] Tomorrow, When the War Began Joan Zahnleiter , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 9 no. 3 1994; (p. 33)

— Review of Tomorrow, When the War Began John Marsden , 1993 single work novel
Bushwalk into a Dark Adventure Ronni Phillips , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 December 2008; (p. 15)

— Review of Tomorrow, When the War Began John Marsden , 1993 single work novel
[Review] Tomorrow, When the War Began 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 2 1994; (p. 54)

— Review of Tomorrow, When the War Began John Marsden , 1993 single work novel
[Review] Tomorrow, When the War Began Jill Midolo , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 7 no. 4 1993; (p. 17)

— Review of Tomorrow, When the War Began John Marsden , 1993 single work novel
150 Years 150 Books 150 Words 600 Entries 10 Winners Lili Wilkinson , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , October no. 3 2004; (p. 8-12)
The aim of the Save This Book competition was to nominate a book from the last 150 years, from a list of 150 titles, and explain why (in 150 words) why it should be saved from a tidal wave. Winners' submissions are included.
Sharing Tomorrow, When the War Began in the Classroom Stuart Cuxson , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 13 no. 4 2005; (p. 36)
Five of the Best Teen Reads Ronni Phillips , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 January 2010; (p. 10)
The film adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began will appear in 2010.
Asian Invasion for Film of Marsden Classic Karl Quinn , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 2010; (p. 12)
Write of Passage John Marsden , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 August 2010; (p. 6-7)
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