New Release Books by John Marsden

John Marsden is the author of Take Risks (2021), Napoleon's Stolen Army (2021), South of Darkness (2014), The Year My Life Broke (2013) and other 178 books.

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Take Risks

release date: Sep 28, 2021
Take Risks
Life is a thrilling adventure. Our children get only rare glimpses of the possibilities. To roam, to dare, to fail . . . these are the rights of children. John Marsden, the award-winning, bestselling author of the Tomorrow series, has spent his life educating kids and teenagers. He is passionate about the need to prepare them in all ways for the demands of adulthood. As the founder and principal of two schools - Candlebark and Alice Miller - John has put his theories to the test and seen the empowering results of his methods. Take Risks is the compelling memoir of a revered author and educator, and a forthright discussion on teaching, parenting and society as a whole.

Napoleon's Stolen Army

release date: Mar 28, 2021
Napoleon's Stolen Army
This is the story of how, in 1808, the Royal Navy used its dominance in the Baltic to rescue the Spanish Army of the Marqués de La Romana.

South of Darkness

release date: Nov 01, 2014
South of Darkness
A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure. "You will hardly read a more fascinating account of a convict''s voyage to Australia" Australian Book Review Thirteen-year-old Barnaby Fletch is a bag-and-bones orphan in London in the late 1700s. Barnaby lives on his wits and ill-gotten gains, on streets seething with the press of the throng and shadowed by sinister figures. Life is a precarious business. When he hears of a paradise on the other side of the world- a place called Botany Bay - he decides to commit a crime and get himself transported to a new life, a better life. To succeed, he must survive the trials of Newgate Prison, the stinking hull of a prison ship and the unknown terrors of a journey across the world. And Botany Bay is far from the paradise Barnaby has imagined. When his past and present suddenly collide, he is soon fleeing for his life - once again.

The Year My Life Broke

release date: Dec 01, 2013
The Year My Life Broke
From the mutli-award winning and bestselling author of the Tomorrow series. "Australia''s king of young adult fiction" The Australian You move into the most boring street in the most boring town in Australia. Tarrawagga is a hole. Its only ambition is to be a crater, and it has every chance of getting there. The last thing you expect is to have action all around you, dangerous strangers in the backyard and bullets flying past your ears. At your new school, everyone thinks you''re the biggest loser in Grade 6. Little do they know. When they realise the truth, teachers and students alike are in for the shock of their lives. Funny, gripping and full of surprises, The Year My Life Broke could be the most real book you read this year. Warning: This book is not a fantasy. It contains no superheroes, wizards, dragons, time travel, aliens or magic. Notable Book for the Children''s Book Council of Australia Awards''s Young Readers 2014

Incurable: The Ellie Chronicles 2

release date: Sep 01, 2012
Incurable: The Ellie Chronicles 2
The follow-up to the bestselling Tomorrow series BOOK 2 IN THE ELLIE CHRONICLES TRILOGY "Addictive reading" Sydney Morning Herald "Australia''s king of young adult fiction" The Australian Packed full of action and high-drama, John Marsden delivers another fast-paced adventure that will thrill old fans and new readers alike. "I held my line. I knew from the war, if not from shooting rabbits, that we were safe enough for the first moments. It is too impossible to hit a target like us from a helicopter that''s rocking and rolling and trying to find its target. But maybe this guy had new equipment or maybe he was a brilliant shot or maybe he was just plain lucky. Bullet holes tore through the ute like a huge metal-punch was suddenly and roughly slamming a simultaneous line of them from our rear to our front." Ellie has struggled to put the war behind her and lead a normal life. Although what''s normal about your parents having been murdered; trying to run a farm and go to school; and bringing up a young boy who''s hiding terrible secrets about his past? Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and John Flanagan will love John Marsden.

The Rabbits

release date: Mar 09, 2021
The Rabbits
''The rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits...'' THE RABBITS offers a rich and immensely valuable perspective on the effect of man on his environment. Visually loaded and told with a passion for truth and understanding, THE RABBITS aims to promote cultural awareness and a sense of caring for the natural world.

The Third Day, The Frost

release date: Apr 26, 2012
The Third Day, The Frost
Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it''s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next? The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear - launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers'' Bay. Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country? The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

Harald Hardrada

release date: Oct 24, 2011
Harald Hardrada
One of the greatest medieval warriors Harald Sigurdsson, nicknamed Hardrada (Harold the Ruthless or hard ruler) fell in battle in an attempt to snatch the crown of England. The spectacular and heroic career which ended at Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire on 25 September 1066 had taken Harald from Norway to Russia and Constantinople and saw him gain a kingdom by force and determination rather than right or inheritance. He was one of the most feared rulers in Europe and was first and foremost a professional soldier, who acquired great wealth by plunder and showed no mercy to those he conquered. ''Harald Hardrada: The Warrior''s Way'' reconstructs a military career spanning three and a half decades and involving encounters with an extraordinary range of allies and enemies in sea-fights and land battles, sieges and viking raids across a varity of theatres of war. John Marsden''s superbly researched and powerfully written account takes us from the lands of the Norsemen to Byzantium and the Crusades and makes clear how England moved decisively from three hundred years of exposure to the Scandinavian orbit to a stronger identification with continental Europe following the Norman invasion.

Hamlet

release date: Jun 14, 2011
Hamlet
The Dane as never seen before -- in a daring, dazzling, sexy prose retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy by best-selling author John Marsden. (Age 14 and up) Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can’t be sure what’s causing the stench. His rage at his mother’s infidelities -- together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father’s call to revenge a "murder most foul" -- have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncle’s insides across the fields. But was it really his father’s ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? "Action is hot," he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. "Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . ." In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare’s most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.

Circle of Flight: The Ellie Chronicles 3

release date: Sep 01, 2010
Circle of Flight: The Ellie Chronicles 3
The follow-up to the bestselling Tomorrow series BOOK 3 IN THE ELLIE CHRONICLES TRILOGY "Addictive reading" Sydney Morning Herald "Australia''s king of young adult fiction" The Australian "Skilfully paced, brimming with well-rounded characters whom you can believe in" The Age You jam on the brakes and stop the ute right at your front door. You jump out. Not for the first time you run into a house that could be full of guns, with death waiting for you. You don''t even think of that until you''re crossing the threshold... You already know what you''re going to find. Underneath the fear and horror and panic there''s a cold realisation that Gavin''s body will be somewhere in the house. You can picture what those bullets will have done to his little body It is a time of profound change for Ellie Linton. Enemies are everywhere. Some come crawling over the hills; others drive in and knock on the front door. Sometimes her friends are there and sometimes they are not. Ellie fights every inch of the way. But when courage and imagination are not enough, when she is trapped and helpless, Ellie must face the end of life as she knows it... standing alone, sustained only by her own strength. Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and John Flanagan will love John Marsden.

While I Live: The Ellie Chronicles 1

release date: Sep 01, 2010
While I Live: The Ellie Chronicles 1
The follow-up to the bestselling Tomorrow series BOOK 1 IN THE ELLIE CHRONICLES TRILOGY "Addictive reading" Sydney Morning Herald "Australia''s king of young adult fiction" The Australian We were halfway up the spur when we heard it. Homer and Gavin and I, just the three of us... I''d say there were fifteen shots in the first volley, evenly spaced, lasting about twenty-five seconds... All the way down the spur I''d heard the scattered shots, getting closer as I got closer, and all the way down I tried to think of reasonable explanations for them, and I couldn''t think of a single thing that made sense. The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has re-commenced classes, and local farmers are gradually repossessing their land. But it''s not the same Australia as before the war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it? For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war - the things she, Homer, Lee, Fi and the others had to do - all worthwhile. It''s where she belongs. But the war won''t let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It''s a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn''t always from the other side of the border. Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and John Flanagan will love John Marsden.

The Art of Growing Up

release date: Jul 23, 2019
The Art of Growing Up
When I hear parents say ''I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there''ll be time when they''re older to learn about those things'', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia''s most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up. Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years'' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be ''happy'' in the 21st century.

Laugh Your Head Off Again and Again

release date: Oct 31, 2017
Laugh Your Head Off Again and Again
9 authors9 storiesto make you laugh your head off again and again!A scary shower + three twisty little pigs + a choose your own adventure + a Halloween chicken + a demonic clown + an unexpected gift + terrible twins + a famous dancing dog + a running race like no other = one hilarious book.

Galloglas

release date: Jul 05, 2016
Galloglas
Galloglas were mercenary warriors from the Hebrides and West Highlands who settled in Ireland in the later 13th century and achieved an extraordinary prominence on Irish battlefields throughout the three hundred years following. Fighting as heavy infantry - highly-disciplined, mail-armoured and wielding their characteristic weapon of the long-staved war-axe - they were the decisive military component in the Gaelic Irish resurgence of the 14th century and represented the cutting-edge of resistance to Tudor reconquest two hundred years later. Found first in the service of native Irish lords in Ulster and Connacht, they were later brought into Munster and Leinster by the gaelicised Anglo-Irish earls. By the 15th century they were established as Ireland''s first professional warrior class and, like other professional classes in the Gaelic world, they were organized on the basis of kin-group. The names of hereditary commanders of galloglas entered in the Irish annals identify these mercenary warrior kindreds as the MacCabes, MacDonnels, MacDowells, MacRorys, MacSheehys and MacSweeneys, all of them families descended from the Gaelic-Norse aristocracy of Argyll and the Isles - and yet their story has been called "a forgotten chapter of West Highland history". This account of the galloglas is written from a decidedly Scottish perspective, tracing the origins of six kindreds and investigating the circumstances which brought about their relocation to Ireland. It goes on to examine the galloglas as warriors, pointing to their distinctly Norse character and proposing their battle-fury as "the last unmistakable echo of the Scandinavian impact on the Celtic west".

Home and Away

release date: Jul 26, 2016
Home and Away
We''re a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores . . . Then one day things change. ''April 26, Dad burns the toast, yells at Toby, thanks me for cleaning the cab of the truck, kisses Mum and Toby, then he''s gone . . . April 27, the war starts . . . May 21, the city''s in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . .September 13, Dad''s hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . .September 28, it''s just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . .September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .''The powerful and thought-provoking CBCA Honour Book HOME AND AWAY is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES.''so powerful, so moving and so heartbreaking that every Australian should be encouraged to read it'' READINGS

Forgotten Fields

release date: Feb 01, 2014
Forgotten Fields
Walk around Manchester city centre today and it is difficult to appreciate that in the nineteenth century you would never have been more than a few minutes walk from a graveyard. Today, virtually every trace of these once numerous burial grounds has been erased. John Marsden takes you on a tour of thirty-seven of Manchester''s burial places, starting with the pre-conquest parish churchyard and ending with the emergence of cremation as an alternative to burial. He discusses the development of burial in the city and its eventual banishment to the suburbs following the Burial Acts of the 1850s. The book provides a history of each graveyard, tells what became of it and highlights some of the more notable burials which took place there.

So Much to Tell You: The Play

release date: Nov 13, 2013
So Much to Tell You: The Play
The stage adaptation of John Marsden''s award-winning, bestselling novel. ''I don''t know what I''m doing here. Well, I do really I have been sent here to learn to talk again. Sent here because my mother can''t stand my silent presence at home. Sent here because of my face ...'' She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realise. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely. She may be someone you know. She may be you. In So Much to Tell You she tells her story. With humour and insight, with sensitivity and strength, with painful honesty. You will never forget her. ''impressive emotional power, style, freshness and originality'' CHILDREN''S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Creep Street

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Creep Street
If you''re about to enter this book, we have a piece of advice for you! BE CAREFUL in here. Be very careful. Making the wrong moves in CREEP STREET can get nasty! You could find yourself up to your ankles in blood. . .or with flesh-eating spiders crawling all over you. . .or with a skeleton stalking you through an attic. . . Is there any escape? IT''S UP TO YOU.

Cool School

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Cool School
It''s your first day at your new COOL SCHOOL. By lunchtime you could have gone into the wrong toilets, gatecrashed the staff room, blown up the science block, been hypnotised by the principal, asked for a date, broken every bone in your body. . . IT''S UP TO YOU. You could have felt joy, fear, love, revenge, rage, embarrassment. . . IT''S UP TO YOU. You could have become your school''s biggest hero. . . or its biggest loser. . . YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Staying Alive in Year 5

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Staying Alive in Year 5
Scott and his friends are simply staying alive in year 5 until their surprising new teacher, Mr Murlin, comes along. Boring textbooks go into the bin, eating chocolate in class becomes compulsory and suddenly it''s OK to be weird. But Mr Murlin is not popular with everyone. . . Staying Alive in Year 5 is a monster hit for primary school readers from one of Australia''s most popular storytellers, John Marsden.

Burning for Revenge

release date: Dec 20, 2012
Burning for Revenge
''If only our country hadn''t been invaded. If only we could have carried on the way we used to, watching other people''s wars on television.'' Ellie and her friends are more determined than ever to make an impact on the enemy. But the constant fighting is beginning to take its toll on the group. Kevin is suffering an emotional breakdown, and the friendship that has kept the gang together for so long is under strain. And while there is no time for love in a time of war, Ellie can''t forget her feelings for Lee... A tale of relentless action and gripping intensity from one of the world''s best storytellers. (Book 5 of The Tomorrow Series.)

The Dead of the Night

release date: Dec 22, 2011
The Dead of the Night
Seventeen-year-old Ellie and her friends have survived the invasion, but two of their band are captured: Kevin is imprisoned and Corrie is alive, but in a coma. Homer and Ellie are determined to get them back and to continue their campaign against the enemy. They discover that there are other rebels out there, fighting the invaders - but who are they and can they be trusted? As the pressure grows, can Ellie work out her conflicted feelings for the brilliant, arrogant Homer and the strong, gentle Lee? As war rages, and the enemy closes in, Ellie and her friends must once again fight for their lives... but how many of their band will be left? A truly involving story about teenagers facing the incredible challenges of warfare, amid the intensity of first love. Would you sacrifice everything to save your country and your family?

Tomorrow When the War Began

release date: Mar 31, 2011
Tomorrow When the War Began
''Compulsively readable'' New York Times Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding. Their country has been invaded. Everyone they know has been captured. Their world has changed overnight. They''ve got no weapons - except courage. They''ve got no help - except themselves. They''ve got nothing - except friendship. How strong could you be, if the world was full of people trying to kill you? Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and Michael Grant - prepare to be hooked by the Tomorrow series.

Tomorrow, When the War Began

release date: Sep 01, 2010
Tomorrow, When the War Began
The book that began the series that became the legend ... NOW A MAJOR TELEVISION SERIES "The best series for Australian teens of all time." The Age "Compulsively readable" New York Times Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding. They''re shocked, they''re frightened, they''re alone. Their world has changed, with the speed of a slamming door. They''ve got no weapons - except courage. They''ve got no help - except themselves. They''ve got nothing - except friendship. How strong can you be, when the world is full of people trying to kill you? Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and John Flanagan will love John Marsden.

The Head Book

release date: Apr 01, 2009
The Head Book
Is there a geographical centre of Islam? What was Australia’s political crisis in 1975? Are swinging seats found in a playground or in Australian politics? And why is gravity so heavy, man? John Marsden, Australia’s bestselling writer for teenagers, turns his attention to the inside of the human brain and answers these and other vital questions. From Germaine Greer’s politics and the belief systems of Buddhists and Christians to what Harry said when he met Sally and other movie moments that have become myths, The Head Book is an entertaining collection of bite-sized pieces of vital information, wit and wisdom, and interesting and useful facts.
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