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y separately published work icon Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life single work   novel   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life
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This is a wonderfully passionate & absorbing novel exploring the lives of three very different girls in their first year out of school, who share an inner city house. All three girls come from the same small country town. Katrina, privileged, beautiful, & sophisticated, is the daughter of a wealthy medical family; Carmel, from a struggling farming family is overweight & inhibited, but has a gift for music, & Jude, a medical student, is the daughter of a Chilean doctor who was murdered when she was two. -- from Trove record

Notes

  • Adapted for the 1998 television mini-series Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life directed by Moira Moss. Screenplay by Meahgan Smith

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1995 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 434p.
      ISBN: 0140375430
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1997 .
      Extent: 434p.
      ISBN: 014026986X
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1999 .
      Extent: 434p.
      ISBN: 014028124X
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2004 .
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      Extent: 444p.
      ISBN: 014028124X
Alternative title: Queen Kat, Carmel und St. Jude : Moving to Melbourne
Language: German

Other Formats

  • Also braille, sound recording, large print and video recording.
  • Also dyslexic edition

Works about this Work

Editor's Introduction: Always Facing the Issues - Preoccupations in Australian Children's Literature John Stephens , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. v-xvii)
y separately published work icon A Wizard Lit Master to Maureen McCarthy's Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude Get a Life Alison Rucco , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 2000 Z1890795 2000 single work criticism Secondary school teachers' resource.
Untitled 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Perpetrators and Princesses: Transgression and Subject Formation in 'Killing Aurora' and 'Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude Get a Life' Michelle de Villiers , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 10 no. 3 2000; (p. 5-11)
In this article, de Villiers looks at textual representations of transgression within the context of contemporary adolescent fiction in two Australian novels, Killing Aurora and Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude Get a Life. De Villiers points out that in the majority of adolescent fiction, 'transgression is still primarily used to reinscribe charatcers within the dominant ideological framework' of Westernized cultures, however, literary acts of transgression can be used to undermine and subvert dominant ideologies and their 'asscociated discursive practices' (5). The ensuing comparative reading concludes that Killing Aurora 'makes a far more radical use of transgression which questions the dominant social and cultural paradigms of identity formation' as opposed to Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude..., which is 'conservative and traditional' in its underlying enforcement of the 'dominant patriarchal framework which aligns women with the sterotypically 'feminine' and 'natural' role of caring and nurturing for children' (6,10).
Constructions of Female Selves in Adolescent Fiction: Makeovers as Metonym John Stephens , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 9 no. 1 1999; (p. 5-13)

In this article, Stephens examines the makeover as a 'specialized form of feminine discourse' (5) by looking at how it is represented in adolescent fictions. Stephens' comparative approach discusses several novels by Australian authors of children's literature in conjunction with discourses from popular culture and explores the links between teenage magazines and adolescent fiction. He uses Judith Butler's concept of gender performativity to highlight the dialogic relationship between identity as 'performance' and identity as 'expression' (5) pointing out that the former is often equated with nihilism, while (neo)humanist conceptualisations of the subject usually privilege 'expression' in narratives of adolescent identity formation: 'By realizing the physical or exterior body...the makeover metonymically expresses a character's unfolding inferiority...But when the fictions represent a character whose subjectivity is 'merely' performative...that character is apt to be radically alienated and possibly tragic' (5). For Stephens, the implicit function of makeover narratives is either transformative or cautionary based upon the notion that the 'transformed body' acts semiotically as a 'metonym of growth' (6). Stephens conludes that makeover narratives in teenage adolescent fiction for girls generally adhere to the dominant humanist paradigm of subjectivity in which 'self identity is defined by how an individual is valued by others' (5) and as the 'expression of a substantial self' which acts as a stable and innate ground for choice and agency' (12)

Untitled Michael Gregg , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 10 no. 5 1995; (p. 40)

— Review of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Untitled 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Untitled Jennifer Riggs , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 10 no. 1 1996; (p. 29)

— Review of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Untitled Nicola Robinson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , August vol. 75 no. 1061 1995; (p. 54)

— Review of River Child Carolyn F. Logan , 1995 single work novel ; Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Ruth Park Reviews Maureen McCarthy's `Queen Kat...' Ruth Park , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 176 1995; (p. 58)

— Review of Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , 1995 single work novel
Know the Author : Maureen McCarthy Jonathan Appleton , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 11 no. 1 1996; (p. 18-20)
Young Adult Fiction Prize Cathrine Harboe-Ree , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 11 no. 5 1996; (p. 39)
Editor's Introduction: Always Facing the Issues - Preoccupations in Australian Children's Literature John Stephens , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. v-xvii)
y separately published work icon A Wizard Lit Master to Maureen McCarthy's Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude Get a Life Alison Rucco , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 2000 Z1890795 2000 single work criticism Secondary school teachers' resource.
Including Them Out : Working-Class Characters in Contemporary Australian Young Adult Fiction Nadia Wheatley , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 157 1999; (p. 40-45)
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