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Star Jumps

by Lorraine Marwood

Winner of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Books

A warm narrative verse-novel about a family’s life on the farm during harsh times.

A poignant verse novel depicting the joys and heartbreaks of a farming family as they struggle to cope with the devastating effects of long term drought.

Told through the eyes of Ruby, day to day farm life involves playing in grassy paddocks with siblings, doing jobs and helping out, and witnessing birth, death and sacrifice.

The family are devastated when they have to sell off some of their herd, but in the spirit of hope it is Ruby who tries in her own small way to help the family by making miniature bales of hay.

* A powerful, moving and vividly realised verse-novel from the author of Ratwhiskers and Me.
* Explores the joys and hardship of life on a farm from a unique child’s point of view.
* Great educational resource, perfect for use in schools.



About Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood was born and raised in rural Victoria and has lived for most of her married life on a dairy farm with her husband and their six children. Lorraine is an award-winning poet who has been widely published in literary magazines across Australia, as well as magazines in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. She has also published several children’s novels and collections of poetry. Lorraine is the Australian editor of the UK literary magazine Tears in the Fence and is a writer of poetry ideas and teaching plans for The Literature Base. Lorraine was also the recipient of a May Gibbs mentorship in children's writing. Her titles with Walker Books Australia include Ratwhiskers and Me, published in 2008 and Star Jumps which was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, Lower Primary Category and received a Notable mention in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010.



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