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Tomorrow, When the War Began
The Tomorrow Series #1
Written by:
John Marsden 
Read by:
Suzi Dougherty 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours 23 minutes 
May 01 2016 
Available Date:
May 01 2016 
Age Category:
Young Adult (13+) 
Fiction; Australian Fiction; War; War Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
ABC Audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
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International bestseller

Selected Canberra's Own Outstanding List (COOL) Award 1995
Winner Children’s Yearly Best Ever Reads (CYBER) / Older Readers 2000
Winner Children’s Yearly Best Ever Reads (CYBER) / Older Readers 2001
Winner Children’s Yearly Best Ever Reads (CYBER) / Older Readers 2002
Winner Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) 1995
Winner West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) 1995

"... a riveting adventure through which Marsden explores the capacity for evil and the necessity of working together to oppose it."
The Horn Book Magazine

The beginning...

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die...

"I really love this book. It's great."

"John Marsden's Australian setting for a seven book series becomes a vivid backdrop for the first title available in audio format. Read by Suzi Dougherty with teen-friendly voicing, the story moves from tense and gripping to philosophical by turns. Ellie, the narrator and resident of the rural ranching district surrounding Wirrawee, tells the story. She and her seven friends return from a camping trip to find their families captive, their homes destroyed or deserted, and their country invaded. Warned in a faxed message to 'go bush', they set up a base camp in Hell, a nearly inaccessible valley they have penetrated. Slightly reminiscent of Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien, which is mentioned in the story, Ellie is presented here as an inventive and admirable heroine. Conducting covert raids for information, supplies, and rescue missions, the friends ultimately progress to an actual guerrilla attack on a key bridge along the enemy supply line. All the while, the friends muse on larger questions – the good and evil in people, their own loyalties, and potential romance as they draw together in the face of their experiences. The discussion of sexual feelings, while not at all graphic, makes this more suitable for high school age listeners. Dougherty's narration is light-hearted, pensive, or fast-paced depending on the mood. Her Australian accent offers a convincing touch that adds to the flavor of the story. Everything does not come out happily ever after in this compelling and thought-provoking novel, and listeners will be eager to read or listen to the other titles in the saga."
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