(Middle School 9)
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Random House
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Rafe isn't exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything's about to change: he's won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could've ever imagined; his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous, and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem! Previously published as Middle School: Rafe's Aussie Adventure
Author: Elizabeth Mayer
Publisher: Xlibris Au
Category: Family & Relationships
In 1968, the peaceful country of Czechoslovakia became occupied by the Russian army. They crossed the borders with their heavy cannons and machine guns, causing riots and chaos and instilling fear in the countrys citizens, making life unbearable. Escape to Australia is a powerful and emotional journey that follows the incredible Mayer family and their decision to leave their country, facing challenges along the way in order to establish a better life.
A Story of the Evacuation and an Escape to Australia
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
The Fall of Singapore was the largest military blow to the British war effort in the Second World War, underequipped, without adequate air-cover; the embattled defenders made a valiant stand against the invading Japanese army to no avail. In this eyewitness account, illustrated with photographs, the anonymous author captures the attempts of the Empire troops to stem the tide of defeat as the inadequate defences were overrun. The anonymous author was a member of the Volunteer Defence Force and saw up close the carnage and heroics of the defenders firsthand before escaping in the nick of time via Penang.
A Childhood Fighting for East Timor
Author: Naldo Rei
Naldo Rei was just six months old when Indonesia invaded East Timor in December 1975. He spent the first three years of his life in the jungle, where his family had fled for safety. After his father was murdered for his work in the resistance movement, nine-year-old Naldo was recruited by the clandestine Fretilin network and began his own extraordinary journey fighting for East Timor's freedom. Throughout his teenage years, Naldo was imprisoned and tortured regularly for his covert resistance to the brutal Indonesian regime. Eventually, in too much danger to remain in his homeland, he escaped to Indonesia and then Australia for several years. Now living in an independent East Timor, Naldo Rei can tell his incredible story. His life is proof that no amount of danger and loss can crush the human spirit.
A Facts Quiz Book About War Films
Author: Monica E. Jacoby,Frederick C. Fulfer
Publisher: Southfarm Press, Publisher
Category: War films
FROM NAZI TYRANNY TO JAPANESE TERROR
Author: Frank Ephraim
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
In this book Frank Ephraim, who fled to Manila with his parents, gathers the testimonies of thirty-six refugees. Combining these accounts with historical and archival records, Manila newspapers, and U.S. government documents, Ephraim constructs a detailed account of this little-known chapter of world history. The Jews who escaped to Manila recall the long, dangerous trek from Europe to the Philippines and the elaborate series of permits, visas, and travel tickets it required. They describe the lives they built in Manila upon their arrival and the events surrounding the Japanese invasion. Under the Japanese occupation the Jews, barely settled, were faced afresh with oppression, imprisonment, torture, and death.
Publisher: Aust. Bureau of Statistics
Publisher: Rough Guides UK
The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. Packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas; bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park - not forgetting the stunning harbour side bars and restaurants of Sydney. Written by a team of widely-travelled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you to discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and festivals around Australia, whatever your budget. Plus, you'll find expert background on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema and fascinating aboriginal culture and the clearest maps of any guide. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.
Author: Heather Docalavich
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The Netherlands is one of the most progressive countries in the EU. It was a founding member in 1952 and has supported a more unified Europe for a long time. The Netherlands has figured out innovative ways to battle climate change and deal with the global recession. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!
The Allied Collapse in the East, 1941–42
Author: Bernard Edwards
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Early on the morning of 7 December 1941, 360 Japanese carrier-borne aircraft made a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, and laid waste to the American Far East Fleet. They sank four battleships, crippled three cruisers and three destroyers, and seriously damaged two other battleships. One hundred and sixty-four planes were destroyed and 2,403 servicemen and civilians were killed. All for the loss of twenty-nine Japanese aircraft and fifty-five men. Two days later, the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse, were sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers as they raced north to intercept an enemy invasion force heading for Malaya. In these two bold forays, the Japanese had successfully emasculated Allied naval power in the East. There now remained no big guns afloat anywhere in the Pacific and Indian oceans capable of opposing Admiral Yamamoto's ships.So began Japan's blitzkrieg. The Malay peninsular was rapidly overwhelmed, Hong Kong surrendered on Christmas Day, Manila went the same way on the 31st, and on 15 February 1942, in one of the most ignominious defeats in modern warfare, 85,000 British troops laid down their arms, and the vital base of Singapore was in Japanese hands. Thereafter, the rays of the Rising Sun spread ever outwards, overrunning island after island, until even Australia was threatened. The book tells how the Dutch Spice Islands, Java and Sumatra, became a last refuge for those fleeing before the Japanese whirlwind advance, and it was from here that the remaining Allied merchant ships in the area made their bid for freedom carrying hundreds of refugees. For many of these ships it was to be their last voyage