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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 The Island
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'On a beautiful island lives a tribe of people who don’t smile or laugh much. Only a small blind urchin notices the wonderful things on the seashore. He tries to share them with the tribe, but they don’t notice. One day a sea creature comes to the shore. Together, the boy and the sea creature play in the water. The people of the tribe warn the boy that it is a monster, but they change their minds when they hear him laughing. They join in. However, afraid that the sea creature will leave and they will lose the happiness they have found, the tribe capture it and put it in a small pool. The sea creature soon begins to fade and die. The boy rescues it and the people of the tribe are left behind, wondering if they will ever be happy again.' (Publication summary)

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  • Included in the 2006 White Ravens Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Special mention.

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Saying Yes with an Outreached Hand : Homelessness and Hospitality in Canadian and Australian Literature for Young People Debra Dudek , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Canadian Studies , vol. 28 no. 1 2010; (p. 17-31)
Between 2003 and 2008, more than fifteen books for children and young adults were published in Australia and at least thirteen in Canada that represent either literally or metaphorically the experiences of people whose family homes are no longer places of safety. In each of the texts analyzed in this essay - Shattered (2006) and Sketches (2007) by Eric Walters and The Island (2005) by John Heffernan - homelessness is represented not as the absence of a physical structure in which to live but as a an absence of belonging, an absence of hospitality. As the characters travel through their pathways of homelessness, they develop interdependent relationships with people, creatures, and/or structures personified as an outreached hand, a symbol and act of hospitality. In each of these books, endings are uncertain in order to offer readers not a closed, stable future, but a version of belonging that includes multiple possibilties. [Author's abstract]
Untitled Pamela Buselich , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 29)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2006 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 50 no. 3 2006; (p. 8-14)
Untitled Liz Derouet , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 49 no. 4 2005; (p. 16)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
Untitled Jane Connolly , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , September vol. 20 no. 4 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
Untitled Jane Connolly , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , September vol. 20 no. 4 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
Untitled Liz Derouet , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 49 no. 4 2005; (p. 16)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
Untitled Pamela Buselich , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 29)

— Review of The Island John Heffernan , 2005 single work picture book
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2006 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 50 no. 3 2006; (p. 8-14)
Saying Yes with an Outreached Hand : Homelessness and Hospitality in Canadian and Australian Literature for Young People Debra Dudek , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Canadian Studies , vol. 28 no. 1 2010; (p. 17-31)
Between 2003 and 2008, more than fifteen books for children and young adults were published in Australia and at least thirteen in Canada that represent either literally or metaphorically the experiences of people whose family homes are no longer places of safety. In each of the texts analyzed in this essay - Shattered (2006) and Sketches (2007) by Eric Walters and The Island (2005) by John Heffernan - homelessness is represented not as the absence of a physical structure in which to live but as a an absence of belonging, an absence of hospitality. As the characters travel through their pathways of homelessness, they develop interdependent relationships with people, creatures, and/or structures personified as an outreached hand, a symbol and act of hospitality. In each of these books, endings are uncertain in order to offer readers not a closed, stable future, but a version of belonging that includes multiple possibilties. [Author's abstract]
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