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'Jaime Richards was brought up in Muslim Pakistan. Will she ever find her own place in Australia or will she forever live in a borderland - the space between two countries and cultures? Or is the borderland a true place of her own?' (Back cover).
Contains revised versions of two earlier works, Re-entry and Jihad, and a new work, Cameleer, published in one volume.
This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has various Asian settings and references to Muslim culture.
* Contents derived from the South Melbourne,South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area,Melbourne - Inner South,Melbourne,Victoria,:Lothian,2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Re-Entry recounts the struggle of the adolescent Jaime, whose Australian family assisted the resettlement of refugees in Pakistan, to reacclimate to the country of her birth, a difficult task when her memories of Pakistan are idealized.
'Australian teenager, Jaime Richards, was back on holidays in the Pakistan she grew up in. The old world charm was still there - the villages, the bazaars and the mysterious rugs - but the barrel of a Kalashnikov changed it all.'
'Taken at gunpoint beyond the ancient Khyber Pass, Jaime and her friends were to be caught up in a shadowy secret world of intrigue and terrorism. Would they escape the Mujahadeen, fighting their holy war? And what of Jasper's own struggles within?
'For Jaime, this trip was to prove painful enough to change her life forever, yet also it was to prove strangely rewarding'. (Source: back cover.)
'Jaime journeys to the outback to help on the station of Blake, a school friend. What she finds there is his little sister, Liesa, a troubled nine year old who befriends her. Jaime tells Liesa a story she has written about her experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this story becomes a healing and reconciliation process for each of them. Jaime's relationship with Blake strengthens romantically, and by the end of the novel she is comfortable with living in Australia again although her life in Pakistan will always be a part of her.' (Source: Author's website)