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47 Degrees

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A fast-paced and poignant novel of survival for young readers by Justin D'Ath that draws on his own experience of escaping the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Zeelie wonders if they're in danger.
When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, 12-year-old Zeelie hopes the neraby bushfires everyone's talking about aren't heading towards her family's new home. What wi
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Penguin Random House Australia
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Julie Garner
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kids
I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
With the 10 year anniversary quickly approaching, this is a timely and important book for kids of today. Justin speaks from what he knows in 47 Degrees, creating a young girl experiencing the bushfires based on his own experience of that day.
I am not ashamed to admit it...I sprung a leak whilst reading, once or twice. It is a very emotional look at a day and an experience that the majority of us have never contemplated, yet experienced. Zeelie's f
Barbara Dobson
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderfully written. Gives people an insight on what people went through in 2009 with horrible Black Saturday Bush fires. The characters were good and made you feel all the emotions with them.
Can’t believe the February 7th will be 10 years since it happened. Lets hope it doesn’t happen again
Definitely a good book to read.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a thrilling read that brought together all the fear, confusion, tragedy and uncertainty of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in which 173 people lost their lives. The ‘Stay and Defend’ policy which Zeelie’s dad is so determined to implement is exposed for what it was - a policy which put property above people’s lives. A lot of lessons were learned that day.

It is also an inspirational tale, showing how people rally in the threat of disaster. Strangers’ kindnesses help the whole community
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
New Zealand born, but Aussie-covert, Justin D'Ath has written over fifty books for adults and children alike. 47 Degrees is his brand new release and perhaps one of his most poignant and personal to date.

The Firestorms that ripped through Melbourne on the 7th February 2009 are infamous for all the wrong reasons. Hundred of lives were lost, several hectares of bush land were burnt to the ground, with countless homes and properties erased in the space of hours. Warning systems couldn't keep up wit
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, teens
This thrilling story follows Zeelie and her family as they fight for survival during the Black Saturday Bushfires. Zeelie and her father Dan are getting ready to protect their home while the temperatures soar to 47 Degrees. Her mother and brother are safe at the hospital, seeking help for Zeelie’s brother Lachy who has a suspected broken bone after falling off her beloved horse, Rimu.

While Zeelie and her dad prepare the house in Flowerdale, a small town in Victoria, there are many moments of unc
Anita Wu
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really odd one to review for me.

I didn't like it, plain and simple. I didn't find it particularly engaging and didn't feel compelled to continue with it except fir the fact that it's quite short.

BUT i think it's a really important piece of writing and think that it would make a wonderful and enlightening school text for Australian teens (maybe around 14 yo). It tells a good narrative of what it means to be in a horrid situation regarding bushfires and does a great job detailing to da
Melanie Maree
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An important book and poignant for those many people who were and have been affected by bushfires. I always had a leave early plan and left for a relatives in Melbourne on the day Justin describes so well. The kindness of strangers is a major part of what I take from these disasters and always brings tears to my eyes. This too Justin has described, as well as the conflicting emotions involved. I can imagine it would have been hard to write but appreciate that he did and that I was brave enough t ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an important story which helps the reader to understand what it was like to experience the Black Saturday bushfires from the perspective of 13-year old Zeliee. It captures the immensity of loss, and also the amazing community spirit, in a way that is readable and relatable for young people from around Year 5 and up.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tale about a young year 7 girls experience of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. An important piece of literature for young readers, attempting to fill the current gap in literature as well as being published prior to the 10th year anniversary.
A quick read, would be great for 12 - 15 year olds.
Anna Davidson
An absolutely thrilling (terrifying in some parts) story about a family’s experience during the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria. Whilst the text itself is an easy read, the content is quite graphic as it describes the devastating losses experienced by so many people during this fire.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A great simple story of a family living through a horrendous Australia tragedy. 11+
Leonie Stephenson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like 4 1/2 stars
Maria Borghesi
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
For me, this book is about the power of community and hope.

Sandra Shannon
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author lost his home in the Black Saturday Fire. His novel is based on his experiences on that day and the days after.
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One of twelve children, Justin grew up on a farm in Otaki, New Zealand. He wrote his first book, a ten page cartoon about his pet turtle, Bubble, when he was nine years old. His next cartoon was about Moriarty, his guinea pig, and filled a complete exercise book. When he was eleven, Justin began writing his first novel, but conked out after 35 pages.

Justin D’Ath is the author of over 30 books for
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