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Melina Marchetta

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Sydney, Australia



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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the WAYRBA voted by teenagers in Western Australia in 2008. It also won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Awar ...more

I’m going to be in Stockholm. Yes, that Stockholm as in Sweden, as in the country where the Eurovision Contest was held.. The Eurovision city, however, was Malmo which is featured in the brilliant series The Bridge)

WHEN: June 17th, 7 pm:

WHAT: Melina Marchetta visits PUNKTmedis for a conversation with Elin and Hanna from the blog Tonårsboken, where they will be discussing Francesca, her second b... Read more of this blog post »
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On the Jellicoe Road

4.16 avg rating — 34,127 ratings — published 2006 — 33 editions
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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumat...

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Saving Francesca

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Looking for Alibrandi

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Froi of the Exiles (Lumater...

4.33 avg rating — 11,479 ratings — published 2011 — 22 editions
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Quintana of Charyn (Lumater...

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The Piper's Son

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Looking for Alibrandi: Scre...

3.95 avg rating — 797 ratings — published 2000
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Ferragost (Lumatere Chronic...

4.13 avg rating — 552 ratings — published 2012
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The Lumatere Chronicles (Lu...

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Finnikin of the Rock Froi of the Exiles Quintana of Charyn
Lumatere Chronicles (3 books)
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“It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“If you weren't driving, I'd kiss you senseless," I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
"Not driving any more.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit.”
Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca


Please vote for the YA novel you would like to read in the month of September. Polls are open for a very short time this month so don't forget to vote! Voting ends Wednesday, August 31!

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano by Lauren DeStefano

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
  15 votes 23.1%

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
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The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.
Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.
But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.
And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.
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message 15: by Hira

Hira Please tell me there will be a book about Jimmy Hailler too? Please please please?

message 14: by Bonni (last edited Oct 16, 2012 04:35AM)

Bonni So, this may seem a bit weird, but you have helped, guided and kept me live through my HSC... Now Quitana sits on my shelf awaiting the completion of my tests as a reward.

message 13: by Natalie

Natalie Just wanted to say thanks for Quintana. And for writing a character like Isaboe.

message 12: by Ankita

Ankita Just read Quintana of Charyn, I have been waiting for this one since forever. And I absolutely LOVED it, What an Amazing ending, I loved it, lived it. Thank you so for for such an amazing journey.

p.s.-Is Celie going to have her own story??? She is rather Intriguing. Please write her up.

message 11: by Natalie

Natalie Thanks for accepting my friend request! I am a huge fan and I am so glad that I found your books. I am twiddling my thumbs here in the US, waiting for Quintana to get here. Thank goodness for Fishpond!

message 10: by Arielle

Arielle Walker Your writing is absolutely stunning - hugely inspirational as well, it reminds me that yes, there are actually still amazing writers out there. Just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do =)

message 9: by Ellie

Ellie Thankyou for accepting my friend request, I love your books and can't wait to read more.

message 8: by Kiana

Kiana Thanks for accepting my friend request! I idolize your writing <3

Bookgeek_zah SORRY BUT I'M DELETING YOU FROM MY LIFE! *clicks delete* LOADING... ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 99%. ERROR! It is impossible to delete our friendship, I love you as a friend too much. Post this to 10 people's walls who you never want to lose. If you get 3 back, you're an amazing friend :D

Stephanie Thank you for your friendship!

♥Rachel♥ Thank you for the add Melina. I am such a fan-girl of your writing, it's amazing! If you write it I'll read it. Can't wait for Quintana of Charyn! :)

message 4: by Joie

Joie Oh mygoodness. I have read Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, and (just finished)The Piper's Son. Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with your books? Words can't even describe how amazing they are!

Kenzie I LOVED Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca but couldn't get into On The Jellicoe Road. :( sad because I really want to read on the jellicoe road!

papalbina I'm so happy you're in Goodreads now *___* Thank you for accepting my request :)

~Tina~ Thanks for excepting my friend request! Love your books! So looking forward to Froi to coming out!:)

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