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ISBN: 9781760992958
Dimensions: B Format: 19.8x12.8cm
Pages: 224
Publication year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Jack’s Island

Written by Norman Jorgensen


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Set on an island off the coast of Australia during World War II, this is an exciting adventure story about friendship, revenge and growing up. When war comes to Australia, Jack’s family moves to Rottnest Island while his father helps the military build an airfield. Jack is left to explore his new home with his best friend Banjo … and the pair have a knack for getting into trouble.

Trouble that’s only exacerbated when their new classmate Dafty seeks revenge against the local schoolmaster for a punishment inflicted on Banjo. Will Dafty’s loyalty lead to things suddenly becoming more serious?

Written in short, engaging chapters, this poignant and accessible story for younger readers offers valuable insights into wartime Australia.


‘This accomplished writer tells a good tale. The cheeky but lovable characters are woven well into a riveting story-line with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story. [Four stars out of five]’ Good Reading Magazine

‘Sometimes funny sometimes sad but always enthralling.’ School Matters

‘I took heart in the real and secure place that family occupies in this novel.’ Australian Book Review

‘an insightful perspective of life on the Australian home front as seen through the eyes of its unruly narrator.’ Canberra Times

‘ A modern Australian classic, with shades of To Kill a MockingbirdJack’s Island stands the test of time and is still very relevant today. Highly recommended.’ Jan Nicholls

‘It is an absolute delight, written with a youthful naivete, and the fact that it has been republished is a tribute to the power of the story for a new generation of readers.’ Carolyn Hull, ReadPlus


WA Young Readers’ Book Award (Winner 2009)

Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year (Honour book 2009)

The WA Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2009)

Pages: 224
Publication Year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921361197
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Norman Jorgensen

Multi-award-winning writer Norman Jorgensen was born in Broome and lived a happy, Huckleberry Finn-like childhood. He has worked in the book trade for much of his life, and in his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs. He now lives in a hundred-year-old house near the city with his wife, Jan Nicholls, […]

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