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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 Looking for Alibrandi
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'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)

Adaptations

form y Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Australia : Robyn Kershaw Productions , 2000 Z1795269 2000 single work film/TV young adult (taught in 2 units)

'Nonna Katia, Christina and Josie are three generations of Italian-Australian women living together in a hothouse atmosphere of love, support...and drama on an operatic scale.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 23/10/2012)

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For:

AC: Year 9 (NSW Stage 5).

Melina Marchetta’s stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl’s story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free.

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls’ school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for.

A moving and revealing book, unusual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young person on the brink of adulthood. Multi-award-winning, a bestseller and made into an award-winning feature film, Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic.

Source: Penguin Australia

(https://penguin.com.au/books/looking-for-alibrandi-9780140360462)

Notes

  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 88th favourite book.
  • Teacher's resources available at Penguin Random House website.
  • Other formats: Also braille, large print and sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

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

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1992 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 9780140360462
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1993 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 0140236139
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Orchard Books ,
      1999 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: 1st American edition.
      ISBN: 0531301427 (trade : alk. paper), 0531331423 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2000 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 0140293507
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Claremont , 2002 .
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 0734304889
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Knopf ,
      2006 .
      Extent: 313p.
      ISBN: 0375836942 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0375936947 (alk. : lib. bdg.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 344p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 22/04/2015
      ISBN: 9780734312389
      Series: y Pink Popular Penguin Melbourne : Penguin , 2013 5970429 2013 series - publisher novel
Alternative title: Hvem er Alibrandi?
Language: Danish

Works about this Work

Multicultural Identity and Matters of Gender in Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi H. N. Prakrithi , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 35-46)
'The term multiculturalism originated in the 1970s in Canadian politics, where it was found convenient to replace ambiguous set of ideas, with the intention being to promote the cultural and economic concerns and interests of certain non-Anglophone categories, basically to counter the emerging weight of French Canadians. Instances in Looking for Alibrandi (1992) give an idea of the insecurity of a migrant teenager, Josie, who has to live with the bias of both the dominant and the marginalized community, suffering innately because she does not belong to either of the communities but has to learn to cope with such realities.' (Publication abstract)
Looking for Alibrandi Author Melina Marchetta Takes to Literary Crime Linda Morris , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil Melina Marchetta 2016 single work novel

'There was a time when Melina Marchetta resented the success of her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, a beloved Australian book for young adults.'

'Marchetta followed up 11 years later with Saving Francesca, also set in Sydney's inner west, and for a while she felt typecast as a writer of "good stories about Italian girls in the suburbs". ...'

Saint Amelie Mauresmo i "It was 1995 and Pearl Jam was poetry", Belinda Raposo , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: N-Scribe , October no. 19 2015;
The Emotion of Truth and the Racial Uncanny : Aborigines and Sicilians in Australia Francesco Ricatti , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , vol. 19 no. 2 2013;
Looking for Alibrandi Alice Pung , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

Written for the Reading Australia project, this essay serves as an introduction to Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi. Pung discusses the importance of the novel to herself personally, and how it influenced her as a writer. Pung discusses the narrative voice of Josie Alibrandi, and how the novel represents identity, class, and relationships (with family, friends, and boyfriends).

Untitled Halina Nowicka , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 37 no. 1 1993; (p. 29)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 8 no. 2 1993; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Vanessa Rankin-Hume , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 62-63)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Esmé Kidd , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Kicking Goals Cathryn Crowe , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 August 1993; (p. 6)

— Review of The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; Belinda Pamela Allen 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Web Nette Hilton 1992 single work children's fiction ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson 1992 single work picture book ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham 1992 single work picture book
The Girl Most Unlikely To... Keith Austin , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 April 2003; (p. 4-5)
An Interview with Melina Marchetta Sophie Masson , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 37 no. 1 1993; (p. 6-7)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1993 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 37 no. 3 1993; (p. 2-8)
Judge's report for the 1993 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award.
Melina Marchetta Melina Marchetta , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 3)
Student Refused to Read 'Muck' John Camplin , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 June 1995; (p. 3)
A Queensland year 12 student claims to have failed his English exam because he refused to read Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi. The reason for the refusal was that the book contained a description of a girl learning to use a tampon.
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