Picture Book: The Arrival by Shaun Tan details the journey of an immigrant by taking the reader into a world where nothing is familiar. The world that is created is amazing, but the art that makes up the book is even more astounding. It is typical of all the work that Tan creates and is one book of many that can be for adults and children. This is a story about migrants, refugees and displaced people who have made this journey.

Teachers & librarians discussing the graphic novel The Arrival. This is an awesome wordless graphic novel.

Novel: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. In 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini - I would read again when I have time.

Picture Book: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. Themes: Belonging Description: A story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs. Now an Oscar winning short film.

(Own) The Lost Thing Shaun Tan - about finding something lost, maybe a pet and taking it to a place full of Lost Things. The boy lives in a world were everything is bleak and no one is really noticing anything.

Novel: William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to NSW for the term of his natural life. He arrives in a harsh land to a life that feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought - an opportunity to start afresh on lush, 'unclaimed' land away from the infant township of Sydney, up the Hawkesbury River. As Thornhill and his family stake their claim the river, the battle lines between old and new settlers are drawn.

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Novel: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. Christopher is autistic. At 15, his carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.He decides to track down the real killer. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths.

Fishpond Australia, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Buy Books online: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, ISBN Mark Haddon

Picture Book: Ziba Came On A Boat - a refugee from Afghanistan flees her homeland with her mother in search of freedom.

Ziba Came on a Boat by Liz Lofthouse and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. The story of a little girl whose family has lost almost everything. This picture book takes us on her journey to make a new life, far from home.

Novel: The novel is set in a coastal town in South Australia. It follows a year in the life of fourteen year-old Gary ‘Blacky’ Black and his friend Dumby Red, one of the local Aboriginal boys. Blacky is smart, articulate and has seven siblings. He lives in a South Australian country town, and through his friendship with Dumby, a Koori from the same area, he learns what sort of person he would like to be.

Fourteen-year-old Gary Black's life in Australia centers around his large family and footy (Australian football), until he becomes friends with an Aborigine boy and realizes how horrible prejudice can be.

Picture book: Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. A collection of 15 stories, some only a few paragraphs long, but all illustrated in Tan's trademark style

Tales From Outer Suburbia- From the much-acclaimed creator of The Arrival, The Red Tree and The Lost Thing, fifteen intriguing illustrated stories about the mysteries that lurk below the surface of suburban life.

Picture Book: Erika's Story by Ruth Vander Zee: A desperate Jewish mother throws her baby from a death train and a German woman risks her life to bring the baby up.

If you are looking for an amazing picture book for all ages that captures the events of the Holocaust, you must read Erika's Story by Ruth Vander Zee,

Picture Book: Memorial by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan A Moreton Bay Fig tree, planted as a memorial to Australian soldiers killed in World War I, is slated to be cut down by the local council. A young boy tells the moving story of the tree, as related by his great grandfather, grandfather, and father, each of whom has participated in wars over the years.

memorial shaun tan gary crew - asking questions free lesson aligned to the Aust.

Picture Book: In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world... So begins The Peasant Prince, the true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life.

Fishpond Australia, The Peasant Prince, by Li Cunxin. Buy Books online: The Peasant Prince,, ISBN Li Cunxin