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'The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world he wouldn't--couldn't--be friends with her. 

But in hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note--then a friendship neither of them sees coming. 

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. 
In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. 

Or maybe they both need each other, always.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Zac and Mia United States of America (USA) : AwesomenessTV , 2017 10895778 2017 series - publisher film/TV young adult

'"Zac and Mia", based on the novel by A.J. Betts, about 2 teens battling cancer in the same hospital. In the real world, Zac and Mia would have pretty much nothing in common, but in the hospital, where they're the only 2 teens on the ward, they develop an unbreakable bond. If cancer is the variable that changed everything, the only constant is their ever-deepening need for one another.' (Production summary)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)

Themes

bravery, Compassion, death, disease, Empathy, friendship, hope, illness, isolation, loss, love, luck, popularity, trust

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

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Notes

  • Zac & Mia was shortlisted for the Netherlands' prestigious Dioraphte Jongeren Literatour Prize in the Translated Work category and the Buxtehuder Bulle Award, Germany, 2014

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2013 .
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      Extent: 272p.
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      • Published 24 July 2013
      ISBN: 9781922148315 (ebook), 9781922147257 (paperback)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      HarperTrophy ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 310 p.p.
      ISBN: 1443432652, 9781443432658
    • Boston, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Houghton Mifflin ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 296 p.p.
      ISBN: 0544668782, 9780544668782
Language: Dutch
    • Alkmaar,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Blossom Books ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 381 p.p.
      ISBN: 9020679724, 9789020679724
    • c
      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      BBNC Uitgevers ,
      2017 .
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      Alternative title: Zac en Mia
      Extent: 391 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 September 2017.
      ISBN: 9045340046, 9789045340043

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  • Sound recording.
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Works about this Work

Spotlight Rosemary Neill (interviewer), 2020 single work interview
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 January 2020; (p. 3)
Stories Giving Voice : Young Adult Illness Fictions Pam Harvey , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 8 no. 2 2018;

'In 1994, Lucy Grealy published Autobiography of a Face (Grealy 2003: 3; First Perennial edition), her memoir about childhood cancer and the resulting facial disfigurement she endured for the rest of her life. Her intention in writing it, stated her friend and fellow writer Anne Patchett, was not to be an inspiration to others who had suffered terrible illness but to have produced something of literary merit (Patchett 2003: 230). Nonetheless, Autobiography of a Face was received with much acclaim not only for its lyricism, but also for the in-depth way it explored notions of identity and self within the illness experience (DasGupta 2007; Mojtabai 1994; Zbar 1995).' (Introduction)

Book Covers : Exploring Book Cover Designs for Trends from the Perspective of a Book Cover Designer Peter Evans , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 29 no. 5 2014; (p. 18-20)
Children’s Books a Healing Tool Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2014; (p. 16)
Young Adult Fiction Joy Lawn , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-39 March 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel ; Refuge Jackie French , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Wildlife Fiona Wood , 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Jo Goodman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 28 no. 3 2013; (p. 40)

— Review of Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel
WA Writing Recommends William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 27 August 2013; (p. 6)

— Review of Hatched : Celebrating 20 Years of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers Fremantle Press , 2013 anthology short story ; The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt Tracy Farr , 2012 single work novel ; Unearthed Tracy Ryan , 2013 selected work poetry ; Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel ; Zero at the Bone David Whish-Wilson , 2013 single work novel
Review : Zac & Mia Maya Linden , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel
Young Adult Fiction Joy Lawn , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-39 March 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel ; Refuge Jackie French , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Wildlife Fiona Wood , 2013 single work novel
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts Wendy Fitzgerald , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , August 2013;

— Review of Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , 2013 single work novel
Children’s Books a Healing Tool Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2014; (p. 16)
Book Covers : Exploring Book Cover Designs for Trends from the Perspective of a Book Cover Designer Peter Evans , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 29 no. 5 2014; (p. 18-20)
[Essay] : Zac and Mia Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013-;

'In the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s there was a flurry of what were called ‘single issue’ or ‘problem’ novels for teenagers. The books focused on problems or issues that frequently confronted teenagers, such as bullying, anorexia, child abuse, depression, suicide, unplanned pregnancies, struggles over friendships, puberty, divorce, and more. These were indeed matters faced by young people, and the rationale was that by reading about others in similar situations, teenagers would feel less alone and might also find ways of coping. ‘Reading novels dealing with social and personal problems is a safe way to bring these issues into focus and give adolescents a chance to talk about their own experiences or relate their own lives to what others have gone through’ (Diana Hodge, The Conversation, 13 June 2014). There is a whiff of bibliotherapy (books and reading as therapy) in this view which seems to undermine the notion of reading and evaluating books for their literary merit.' (Introduction)

Stories Giving Voice : Young Adult Illness Fictions Pam Harvey , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 8 no. 2 2018;

'In 1994, Lucy Grealy published Autobiography of a Face (Grealy 2003: 3; First Perennial edition), her memoir about childhood cancer and the resulting facial disfigurement she endured for the rest of her life. Her intention in writing it, stated her friend and fellow writer Anne Patchett, was not to be an inspiration to others who had suffered terrible illness but to have produced something of literary merit (Patchett 2003: 230). Nonetheless, Autobiography of a Face was received with much acclaim not only for its lyricism, but also for the in-depth way it explored notions of identity and self within the illness experience (DasGupta 2007; Mojtabai 1994; Zbar 1995).' (Introduction)

Spotlight Rosemary Neill (interviewer), 2020 single work interview
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 January 2020; (p. 3)
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