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Home and Away


We believe that picture books are for older readers, as well as for the little ones. This book is one for the big kids and is not suitable for children under the age of 10. If you're over 10 we think you should find an adult to watch the story with you, and talk to them about the book after watching. If you're a parent or educator, we strongly recommend that you watch this story first to make sure it's suitable for the children in your home, classroom or storytime.

Everyone wants a place of safety, a place to share with the people you love. A place to relax. A home. There're only two places you can be in life: home or away. Right now, more than a billion people don't have a home -- that's one in seven of the worlds' population. 

This could happen to you. What would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees?

We're a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores . . . Then one day things change.

Home and Away is a powerful, heartbreaking and thought-provoking story written and read by author John Marsden with illustrations by Matt Ottley.

Hear more from author John Marsden in the More Videos section of this page where he discusses his writing and the inspiration behind his school Candlebark.


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