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Teachers' Notes are now available for "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fantastic Teachers' Notes have been compiled by Fran Knight for Allen & Unwin and are now available for use and study within schools. The notes show how Racing the Moon can be used in English and History within the Australian curriculum. While focusing on the language and literary aspects of Racing the Moon, the notes also cover topics such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Depression, Money, Abuse, Uniforms, Reform Schools and Women's role.

There is also a link to the Teachers' Notes on my Books page.

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Review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, February 08, 2014

Check out the great review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words!

"I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the Depression." (Ann Harth, Buzz Words, 6 Feb 2014)

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Listen to "Too late for love" on my Songs page

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, February 06, 2014
The audio file for "Too late for love" has been added to the Songs page of my website. I hope you like it! » Share this post

"Racing the Moon" is now in the Mitchell Library

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, February 01, 2014

Having worked as a librarian for many years, I was excited to discover that "Racing the Moon" is already on the shelves in many libraries. But when I discovered that it was in the Mitchell Library in Sydney, that really blew me away. It's like a dream come true! Click here: State Library of NSW catalogue.

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"Racing the Moon" is now in bookshops

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, January 30, 2014
You can buy signed copies of "Racing the Moon" at Bookshop Bowral and MacLean's Booksellers in Hamilton. There have also been sightings of the book on the shelves at Abbey's bookshop in Sydney, Dymock's in Canberra and Paperchain in Manuka. It will be also be available in many other bookstores throughout Australia and New Zealand.

I took this photo of the signed copies in Bookshop Bowral earlier today.






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My first review for "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, January 30, 2014

A review of "Racing the Moon" is now on the Kids' Bookshop website:

"This is in all likelihood a fairly accurate description of the harsh life children of the time were expected to endure, however there is a lightness and humour to aspects of the novel.  There is also a sense of freedom and adventure that most kids these days do not get to experience in their own lives.  This would make an interesting class text for year 7.  For ages 12-14." (Reviewed by Erin, Kids' Bookshop)

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"Racing the Moon" is also available as an eBook

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You can download the eBook of my new novel Racing the Moon onto your iPhone or iPad at iTunes or onto your Kindle at Amazon for around $9 - It's a bargain!

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26th January, Australia or Anniversary Day?

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Did you know that 26th January wasn't always called Australia Day? In New South Wales up until 1935, it was referred to as Anniversary Day, and the other states didn't celebrate the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove until after Federation.

You can find more information at http://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/ 

This newspaper article from 26 January 1931 about Anniversary Day is also very interesting: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/46595636

At the Sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) on 26 January 1938 in Sydney, there were not only celebrations but a conference was held for Aboriginal people who declared the day 'a Day of Mourning and Protest'.

There were big celebrations on Sydney Harbour for the Bicentenary in 1988, but there were also protests by Aboriginal people, many referring to the day as 'Invasion Day.'

While we have much to celebrate and be proud of in Australia, it must be very difficult for Aboriginal people, who are the first Australians, to be celebrating Australia Day on 26 January.

 

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Audio file for Goodbye Frankie on Songs page

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The audio file for Goodbye Frankie has just been added to my SONGS page.

Goodbye Frankie is the first song that Luke and I wrote together not long after we moved to the Southern Highlands.

I hope you like it!

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Author copies of Racing the Moon have arrived

Michelle Morgan - Monday, January 13, 2014

I just received my author copies of "Racing the Moon" by courier - very excited, can't stop looking at them. Thank you Allen & Unwin!

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