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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 Tomorrow Series
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Notes

  • Prequel to The Ellie Chronicles.
  • In November 2006, the Tomorrow series was recognised as the highest selling series for adolescents in Australian publishing. In presenting the award to John Marsden, Pan Macmillan reported that two million copies of the books had been sold.

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y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) 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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y separately published work icon The Dead of the Night John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1994 Z91026 1994 single work novel young adult

'Hell is still the safest place on earth.

'When you've run out of choices, you've only got yourself.

'As war rages, as the enemy closes in, as Ellie and her friends fight for their lives, they are left with nothing. Nothing but courage, spirit and pride' (Source: bookseller's website).

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y separately published work icon The Third Day, The Frost John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1995 Z543366 1995 single work novel young adult

What's the biggest danger you can think of? This is bigger. What's the toughest challenge you can imagine? This is tougher. What's the greatest fear you have? You're about to find out.

"How long do you think they'll keep looking for us?" I asked Lee, as we lay there.

"Until they find us," he answered grimly.

They came in summer. They fell upon the land swiftly and suddenly. Through autumn they spread, like locusts, like mice, like a plague. Now it's winter. They're still here. But so too are Ellie and Homer and their friends. (Source: Trove)

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y separately published work icon Darkness, Be My Friend John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1996 Z8027 1996 single work novel young adult As survivors of an enemy invasion of their homeland, Ellie and her friends return to Australia as guides for soldiers from New Zealand who plan an attack on the Wirrawee airfield. (Source: Trove)
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y separately published work icon Burning for Revenge John Marsden , South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1997 Z416123 1997 single work novel young adult 'When you're on your knees there's only one thing to do ... stand up again! Ellie and her friends have stared defeat in the face. They have felt its hot breath.They have been bashed and battered by it, brought to breaking point. Now it's time to hit back. Now it's time to come out fighting. Now they really are "Burning for Revenge!"' (Source: Trove)
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y separately published work icon The Night Is For Hunting John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z379280 1998 single work novel young adult While trying to care for a group of abandoned young children, five Australian teenagers continue their struggle for survival and their resistance against the enemy invading their homeland. (Source: Trove)
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y separately published work icon The Other Side of Dawn John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1999 Z531693 1999 single work novel young adult Ellie and her friends, five Australian teenagers who survived the enemy invasion of their country, use guerrilla tactics to support a major counterattack by New Zealand troops. (Source: Trove)

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Works about this Work

Big Screen Battles : The Making of Tomorrow, When the War Began Cara Nash , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 30 August 2017;
The Complex Politics and Rhetoric of John Marsden's 'Tomorrow' Series Theodore F. Sheckels , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 436-449)
'Sheckels suggests that John Marsden's popular, multiple award-winning "Tomorrow" series of seven books–primarily but certainly not exclusively for young readers–has this very Escher-like quality. They possess a double-voicedness much in the spirit of what Bakhtin suggests in his study of Dostoevsky, offering a–much in John Schilb's or Stanley Fish's terms–resisting reading and then, perhaps, a disconcerting rhetorical flip back upon itself. The texts then are rhetorically interesting, but so is the way in which the texts serve as an example of what Bakhtin implies about double-voicing but perhaps fails to make sufficiently clear because of his tendency to list and offer misleading generalizations.' (Publication summary)
Invasion and the Politics of Belonging in Pat Grant's Blue Felicity Castagna , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Scholar , vol. 3 no. 1 2014;
In this essay, Felicity Castagna notes 'the long history of invasion narratives in Australian literature, and how they served to reify the governmental belonging of White Australians inciting nationalism and encouraging vigilance in relation to migration and national security.' (From introduction)
Children of the Apocalypse Roslyn Weaver , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film : A Critical Study 2011; (p. 108-134)

This chapter explores apocalypse in children's literature with reference to literary attitudes to children, nature and dystopia. Examinations of works by Lee Harding, Victor Kelleher, and John Marsden then focus on how these writers adapt apocalyptic themes for a juvenile audience. Their novels display tyranny, large-scale catastrophe, invasion, and children in danger, and their apocalyptic settings reveal anxieties about isolation, invasion, Indigenous land rights and colonization. (108)

The Tomorrow Series : A Modern Epic for Young Adults John Noell Moore , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: John Marsden : Darkness, Shadow, and Light 2011; (p. 137-162)
Generation Next Ebru Yaman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 July 2010; (p. 5,8)

— Review of Tomorrow Series John Marsden , 1993 series - author novel ; Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie , 2009 single work film/TV
Yaman comments on the re-release of Marsden's series and the national release of the film adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began.
Tomorrow, and the Next Day, and the Day After Diana Hodge , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 8 no. 1 2000; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Tomorrow Series John Marsden , 1993 series - author novel
Marsden, in a Class of His Own Keith Austin , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 November 2003; (p. 6-7) The Age , 8 November 2003; (p. 3)
Summer Holidays and Landscapes of Fear : Toward a Comparative Study of 'Mainstream' Canadian and Australian Children's Novels Rosemary Ross Johnston , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canadian Children's Literature , Spring-Summer vol. 109-110 no. 2003; (p. 87-104)
Author's abstract: 'This paper considers Australian children's literature against the list of shared characteristics of 'mainstream' Canadian children's novels, with particular reference to ideas about fear and about national contexts of fear ... It discusses the Tomorrow, When the War Began series by John Marsden as one way of reading Australian national fears and concerns relating to geography and history and of interrogating the nature of fear and the problematical nature of human response to it. It concludes by arguing for a new cultural focus, past assimilation, past multiculturalism, past guilt, and past blame, one that emphasizes a sense of being 'different-but-similar', of oneness within difference.'
Untitled Sophie Masson , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2004; (p. 8)
The Realistic Turn : Trends in Recent Australian Young Adult Fiction Wendy Michaels , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , May vol. 14 no. 1 2004; (p. 49-59)
Michaels briefly describes the trends in Australian young adult literature during the 1980s and 1990s, focusing in particular on the works of John Marsden. She then examines five current young adult works in order to discuss current trends in the genre.
Making Dreams Come True for Many Youngsters Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 December 2005; (p. 12)
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