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Parvana’s journey – Deborah Ellis

Imagine that your house has been destroyed by bombs, your friends have fled or been killed, your mother, sister and little brother are missing, and today you buried your father… Homeless and alone, Parvana begins a desperate journey through war-torn Afghanistan in search of her family. Living in constant fear of the Taliban, often without food or water in the barren landscape, Parvana and the children she rescues journey on foot through a country laid waste by years of conflict, in search of peace and safety.
Parvana’s Journey is about a young girl’s talent for friendship, hope and gritty determination despite the ravages of war. Sometimes shocking and sad, always compelling, this novel takes an honest, compassionate look at the situation in Afghanistan, and the courage and resilience that can keep children afloat even in the most terrible circumstances.
A sequel to the international bestseller, Parvana.
Allen & Unwin

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl

https://i0.wp.com/covers.booktopia.com.au/big/9780142410349/fantastic-mr-fox.jpgAt night, Mr Fox steals chickens, ducks, and turkeys from three mean, stinky and wealthy farmers — Boggis, Bunce and Bean — in order to feed his family. The farmers are fed up with this and try everything to kill him. One night they wait outside his foxhole in an attempt to ambush him. When Mr Fox emerges from his home, they fire at him but only succeed in blowing off his tail.

Determined to catch him, the farmers use spades and shovels to dig their way into the foxes’ home, but Mr and Mrs Fox and their four children dig a tunnel deeper into the ground and manage to escape. The farmers even resort to using bulldozers in order to dig deeper into the ground, but to no avail.

The three men therefore decide to play a waiting game, keeping watch on the entrance to the tunnel with shotguns at the ready, while their men patrol the area to make sure the foxes don’t escape.

The silver donkey – Sonya Hartnett

A temporarily blinded English soldier who deserts from the war
is found by some French children.
He has a small silver donkey like a charm or talisman,
and he tells the children stories based around the theme of donkeys.
These include ‘The First Tale’, which is about Joseph, Mary and the donkey that carries her to Bethlehem,
and ‘The Third Tale’ which, while not specifically saying so, is based on John (Jack) Simpson Kirkpatrick and the donkey at Gallipoli.
Curriculum Corporation

Faceless – Alyssa B. Sheinmel

When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital.

The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.

Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. But with someone else’s features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks—and feels—like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was—a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognize herself.

Goodreads

Letters to Juliet (movie)

Wonder Woman (movie)

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