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By Melina Marchetta

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: Australia, 05 October 1992
Melina Marchetta's stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl's story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls' school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family - and the identity she has been searching for. A moving and revealing book, unusual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young person on the brink of adulthood. Multi-award-winning, a bestseller and made into an award-winning feature film, Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic.

About the Author

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most successful writers of young-adult fiction and is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages. In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for On the Jellicoe Road, and Melina's screenplay for this book is currently set to be made into a major film with an international cast to be directed by Looking for Alibrandi director Kate Woods. Melina has written for ABC-TV's Dance Academy. Finnikin of the Rock, Book One of the Lumatere Chronicles,was first published in Australia in 2008, followed in 2010 by the companion novel to her award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and short-listed for many other literary awards in Australia and internationally. Melina is also the author of The Gorgon in the Gully, which takes up the story of On the Jellicoe Road's Jonah Griggs's family, and stars his younger brother Danny in this story for younger readers. Book Two in the Lumatere Chronicles, Froi of the Exiles, was published in 2011, and Book Three, Quintana of Charyn, was published in 2012. 2012 also marked the twenty-year anniversary of Melina Marchetta's first novel Looking for Alibrandi, the much-loved Au

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"Although this involving novel is set in the author's native Australia, American readers will feel right at home, thanks to the charismatic, outspoken 17-year-old narrator," said PW. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Gr 9-12-Melina Marchetta's novel (Orchard, 1999) is an insightful portrait of an intense yet humorous young person. Though illegitimate, the 17-year-old Australian protagonist, Josephine Alibrandi, is a universally recognizable teen wrestling with many of the same worries that assail all high school students. Josie copes with the usual concerns about boys, friends, and where she fits in as a scholarship student at a Catholic school in a Sydney suburb. At the same time that she is trying to sort out complex relationships with her tradition-bound grandmother and her warm, no-nonsense mother, she is confronting her long-absent father. This is a deftly crafted story, and the characters have the ring of reality in their dialogue and actions. Marcella Russo's narration is equally fine, with each character distinctive. She conveys a special piquancy in the accented speech of the immigrant grandmother. Chapter and cassette breaks are underscored with light, jazzy music. This audiobook is a solid selection for any young adult literature list, and a must buy for libraries where teens borrow audiobooks.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780140360462
ISBN: 0140360468
Publisher: Puffin
Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.3 x 2 centimeters (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Marino Harker-Smith on
 
This is a really good piece of Australian teen fiction. I read this book in high school for English, although I had already seen the movie version.
Looking for Alibrandi is a journey of self-discovery (as the title suggests) set in the heart of Australian's vaast but tight-knit Italian community. Josie Alibrandi is second generation Italian-Australian and has just received a scolarship to attend a prestigious Catholic girls school. The book is her struggle to fit in to the uppercrust world of private school and also deals with first loves and the importances of staying true to yourself.
By dealing with the differences in class she also finds out more about herself.
A great read for young teenagers - 13-15 year olds - that older teenagers and adults will also enjoy.
Melissa Crawford on
 
This book was amazing, one of my favourites. Very special for teen readers, covers love, school, family, peer pressure and social status.... everything.... Definetly a must-read for all ages, as it evokes so many emotions... made me laugh and cry...
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Melina Marchetta is a BRILLIANT writer, this book was such exceptional!
It brought out all your emotions an was SO enjoyable!
it has everything you want in a book: love, friendship, school and more!
this book make you feel so many emotions and just reals you in within the first few sentences
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Melina Marchetta is a BRILLIANT writer, this book was such exceptional!
It brought out all your emotions an was SO enjoyable!
it has everything you want in a book: love, friendship, school and more!
Jennifer Chen on
 
there is no body like melina marchetta who can draw a reader into a book from the very first page and keep him or her hooked until long after the last one has been closed. this is the surprising funny, always poignant little story of josephine alibrandi and her last year of high school. top notch stuff
Laura Ricketts on
 
This is my fave book it is brilliantly written and can make you cry and laugh at the same time i am also a fan of the movie. I cant say a bad word about this book. it is the kind of book that i find myself reading over and over again. definetly five stars

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