Map and compass: Notes for teachers and readers for The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Map and compass: Notes for teachers and readers for The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Twig wakes up in the Afterlife with a skeleton raven, a key, a bag of bones and a mysterious atlas as a guide… and no proper memory of his past. While engaged in a quest for survival in the Afterlife snatches of memory from his former life return to Twig. Can he unlock all the Crossings to achieve his goal? Will he fade and lose all his memories before completing his quest? Will he find those he loves?

Zana Fraillon’s previous novel, The Bone Sparrow, won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children and the Amnesty CILIP Honour. It was an intensely touching book about a young child who spends a lifetime in a detention centre. In this new book Zana once again tackles big issues: homelessness, post-capitalist society, corruption, law and order, gender identity, betrayal and loyalty. There’s also a quest in the Afterlife and some very sophisticated storylines that keep the reader intellectually engaged,  and challenging their own understanding of the world (and the Afterlife!).

Explore the themes, discussion topics, and curriculum notes that will help readers delve deeper into this multi-layered story. Perfect for teachers, librarians, parents and book club.

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Synopsis

Loyalty is tested, and a cruel twist of fate leads to an act of ultimate betrayal in this epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself.Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other.But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife. With just a handful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him, he tries to piece together what happened, and to find his way home . . .A powerful story of hope and friendship from the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.
Zana Fraillon
About the author

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco.Zana has written two picture books for young children, a series for middle readers, and a novel for older readers based on research and accounts of survivors of the Forgotten Generation. She spent a year in China teaching English and now lives in Melbourne with her three sons, husband and two dogs.When Zana isn't reading or writing, she likes to explore the museums and hidden passageways scattered across Melbourne. They provide the same excitement as that moment before opening a new book - preparing to step into the unknown where a whole world of possibilities awaits.

Books by Zana Fraillon

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