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The year is 1977, and Adrian is nine. He lives with his gran and his uncle Rory; his best friend is Clinton Tull. He loves to draw and he wants a dog; he's afraid of quicksand, shopping centres and self-combustion. Adrian watches his suburban world, but there is much he cannot understand. He does not for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice-cream and never come back home.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Evelyn McAlister, to remember her mother, Peg.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Chinese and Japanese translations.

    Of a Boy is indexed as an adult book, but has been affiliated with the Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing subset because it has been reviewed numerous times as a young adult book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2002 .
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      Extent: 188p.
      ISBN: 0670040266
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Candlewick Press ,
      2003 .
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      Alternative title: What the Birds See
      Extent: 196p.
      ISBN: 0763620920
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
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      Extent: 204p.
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      • Publication date: 29 June 2009
      ISBN: 9780143202615
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2014 .
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      Extent: 208p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 27 August 2014
      ISBN: 9780143571759
Alternative title: Tong nian de gu shi
Alternative title: 童年的故事
Language: Chinese
Notes:
Text in simplified Chinese script.

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Of a Boy : Sonya Hartnett Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2015 8919133 2015 single work criticism
Sonya Hartnett's Pursuit of Happiness Jan McGuinness , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18 October 2014;
There's No Place Like Home Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 29 April 2012; (p. 18)
Ten Adolescent Fiction Books Every English Teacher Should Read Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 3 2008; (p. 86-87)
Lost Children and Imaginary Mothers in Sonya Hartnett's Of a Boy Vivienne Muller , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 1 2008; (p. 159-174) Mother-Texts : Narratives and Counter-Narratives 2010; (p. 1-18)
'In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva writes about lost children. These are what she calls 'dejects', who, in the psychodrama of subject formation, fail to fully absent the body of the mother, to accept the Law of the Father and the Symbolic, and subsequently to establish 'clear boundaries which constitute the object-world for normal subjects'. Dejects are 'strays' looking for a place to belong, a place that is bound up with the Imaginary mother of the pre-Oedipal period. Kristeva's sketch of the deject as one who is unable to negotiate a proper path to the Symbolic is useful to a reading of Hartnett's Of a Boy (2002), a novel that also deals with lost children and imaginary mothers. However, in its portrayal of children who are doomed never to achieve adulthood, Of a Boy enacts a haunting retrieval of the pre-Oedipal from the dark side of phallocentric representation, privileging the semiotic (Kristeva's concept) and the maternal as necessary disruptive checks on a patriarchal Symbolic Order. In reading the narrative in this way, this essay does not seek to foreclose on other interpretations which may more fully illuminate the material and historical contexts in which Hartnett's stories of abandoned and lost mothers and children are activated. Rather, by examining the text using an aspect of psychoanalytic literary criticism, this essay acknowledges the centrality of the psycho-social to Hartnett's delineation of the child subject in her narrative projects.' (Author's abstract)
Untitled Matthew Wood , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 23)

— Review of Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel
Remembered Dreams, Fears and Joys Romy Ash , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel
Too Cruel for School Megan Gressor , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 July 2002; (p. 12)

— Review of Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel
A Rich and Chilling Parable Ben Naparstek , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 July 2002; (p. 19)

— Review of Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel
Children Lost in the World Katharine England , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 August 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel
Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett Ruth Starke , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 11 no. 1 2003; (p. 30-31)
In Her Own Write Jason Steger , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 August 2003; (p. 7)
Cover Stories Rebecca Lancashire , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2004; (p. 1-2)
Australian publishers believe buyers are influenced by the design and colour of book covers.
Her Dark Materials Nikki Barrowclough , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 26 February 2005; (p. 38-41)
Know the Author : Sonya Hartnett Felicity Carter , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 20 no. 2 2005; (p. 14-16)
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