- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (2 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141310243
- ISBN-13: 978-0141310244
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
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About the Author
Gillian Rubinstein emigrated to Australia from England in 1973. Her first novel, Space Demons, was published in 1986 and since then she has written over 30 critically acclaimed books for children. Her awards include the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Beyond the Labyrinth in 1989, and a CBC Honour Book Award for Galax-Arena in 1993. Sharon, keep your hair on (Random House), illustrated by David Mackintosh, was shortlisted for the CBC Picture Book of the Year Awards in 1997. Answers to Brut won the New South Wales Premier's Award and Space Demons was awarded the YABBA Award (a Children's Choice award). Gillian's books have been published locally and internationally.searching a fantasy series, Tales of the Otori.
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it'll take you out of this world!6 January 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I searched forever to find this book. Read it once as a kid, had vague memories of it. Luckily Google figured it out and I found it for cheap cheap. Book was in very good condition, no marks or tears. It was just as good as I remembered but quite short because of course it is kids book. Very recommended.
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One of my all time favorite books13 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I LOVED this book as a kid and I lent my copy to my friend years ago and he never gave it back... haha. I finally decided to just buy myself a new copy. I've had a hard time finding this specific paperback cover (I was really attached to it), so I'm very happy to have this again, now! Also, the version I received was signed by Gillain Rubenstein... did NOT expect that, so that was an awesome surprise!
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Short and unforgettable23 November 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Very underrated mind bender with characters you feel you know. One of my all-time favorites and has stuck with me for many years.
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You will not be able to put this down16 January 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't read any Young Adult novels since I was, er, 14, but this is as smart and riveting of a science fiction novel as anything I've read in the last few years. This is good writing, period, and makes distinctions between 'young adult' and 'adult' categories meaningless. The predicament the children face in this novel is an amplified version of what anyone feels at one point in their life and the blending of realism and the weirder elements was also seamless. This also deals with sibling rivalry, competition, and exploitation by powerful people of those unable to really defend themselves. The surprise that slowly unfolds at the end kept me glued to my seat. It's not exactly a cheerful book. But in this slim volume, rather than being a flight of fancy, it raises difficult questions that have no easy answers. Which by the way is the hallmark of much compelling literature, SF or otherwise: challenging our assumptions instead of confirming what we already believe through escapism. To make a long story short, I can't recommend this book more.
Everyday Conspiracies15 January 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
Galax-Arena is definitely one of the most riveting and intriguing storys I have ever read. Usually I don't like science fiction novels, but this one glued my eyeballs to it and wouldn't let me go until I finished. The surprise ending is especially interesting, and the whole story is unpredictable. Every chapter has something unexpected, but the book in whole is just creepy and eerie, and when I was done I itched for another one. BOTTOM LINE: Galax-Arena is the fresh new tale that the redundant book industry needed.
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