The moral compass points toward compassion: Read an extract from The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

The moral compass points toward compassion: Read an extract from The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

Prologue

Maps lie.

Or at least, they don’t always tell the truth.

They’re like us humans that way.

Mr Khouri would say it’s because they can’t show us everything about a place or the people in it. Maps don’t tell you about the ownership, genealogy or history of an area. A map doesn’t even really tell you where to begin or end – those ones with Start Here and X Marks the Spot are just that way in movies, or kids’ menu colouring-in placemats. Really it’s up to us – the people who live within the borders – to keep the truth and know the way.

And lately I’ve been thinking that it doesn’t matter so much where you end up, if you can’t remember how you got there in the first place. Like my pop would say: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

Remembering is like retracing my steps. There are so many different trails to this story and it’s hard to know which one to take. But I need to lay down a way to see everything that happened this year just gone: the war, Nora, Operation Safe Haven and the baby we couldn’t keep.

I was eleven when everything started and twelve by the end. But that’s another way that maps don’t tell the whole truth – because it felt like the distance I travelled was a lot further than that.

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Publisher details

The Year the Maps Changed
Author
Danielle Binks
Publisher
Hachette
Released
28 April, 2020
ISBN
9780734419712

Synopsis

'I was twelve when everything started and thirteen by the end. But that's another way maps lie, because it felt like the distance travelled was a whole lot further than that.'Sorrento, Victoria - 1999Fred's family is a mess. Fred's mother died when she was six and she's been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop is at the Rye Rehabilitation Centre recovering from a fall; Luca's girlfriend, Anika, has moved in; and Fred's just found out that Anika and Luca are having a baby of their own. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the map.But even as the world feels like it's spinning out of control, a crisis from the other side of it comes crashing in. When 400 Kosovar-Albanian refugees arrive in the middle of the night to be housed at one of Australia's 'safe havens' on an isolated headland not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family, as she navigates one extraordinary year that will change them all.
Danielle Binks
About the author

Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks is an editor, book blogger, youth literature advocate, and literary agent specialising in middle-grade & young adult acquisitions with Jacinta di Mase Management. In 2017 she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anhology (Harper Collins). She is one of the founding members of the #LoveOzYA committee and remains a leading voice in the movement.

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