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The Silver Donkey From Extraordinary Novelist Sonya Hartnett Comes A Gently Told Fable Of A Lost Soldier, Heroic Children, And A Steadfast DonkeyOne Morning In The Woods Of World War I France, Two Young Sisters Stumble Upon An Astonishing Find A Soldier, Temporarily Blinded By War, Who Has Walked Away From Battle Longing To See His Gravely Ill Younger Brother Soon The Care Of The Soldier Becomes The Girls Preoccupation, But It S Not Just The Secret They Share That Emboldens Them To Steal Food And Other Comforting Items For The Man They Are Fascinated By What He Holds In His Hand A Tiny Silver Donkey As The Girls And Their Brother Devise A Plan For The Soldier S Safe Passage Home, He Repays Them By Telling Four Wondrous Tales About The Humble Donkey From The Legend Of Bethlehem To A Myth Of India, From A Story Of Rescue In War To A Tale Of Family Close To The Soldier S Heart Sonya Hartnett Explores Rich New Territory In This Inspiring Tale Of Kindness, Loyalty, And Courage


About the Author: Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett also works under the pseudonym Cameron S Redfern is, or was, something of an Australian child prodigy author She wrote her first novel at the age of thirteen, and had it published at fifteen Her books have also been published in Europe and North America Her novels have been published traditionally as young adult fiction, but her writing often crosses the divide and is also en Sonya Hartnett also works under the pseudonym Cameron S Redfern is, or was, something of an Australian child prodigy author She wrote her first novel at the age of thirteen, and had it published at fifteen Her books have also been published in Europe and North America Her novels have been published traditionally as young adult fiction, but her writing often crosses the divide and is also enjoyed by adults I chose to narrate the story through a child because people like children, they WANT to like them, says Sonya Hartnett of THURSDAY S CHILD, her brilliantly original coming of age story set during the Great Depression Harper the young narrator is the reason you get sucked into the characters Even I, who like to distance myself from my characters, felt protective of her The acclaimed author of several award winning young adult novels the first written when she was just 13 Australian native Sonya Hartnett says she wrote THURSDAY S CHILD in a mere three months It just pulled itself together, she says I d wanted to set a story in the Depression for some time, in an isolated community that was strongly supportive Once the dual ideas of the boy who tunneled and the young girl as narrator gelled, it almost wrote itself I had the cast, I had the setting, I just said go Accustomed to writing about edgy young adult characters, Sonya Hartnett says that identifying with a seven year old protagonist was a challenge at first I found her difficult to approach, she admits I m not really used to children But once I started, I found you could have fun with her she could tell lies, she could deny the truth Whereas most children know only what adults want them to know, the author discovered she could bypass that limitation by turning Harper into an eavesdropper and giving her older siblings to reveal realities In her second book with Candlewick Press, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, Sonya Hartnett once again creates a portrait of childhood This time the subject is Adrian, a nine year old boy living in the suburbs with his gran and Uncle For Adrian, childhood is shaped by fear his dread of quicksand, shopping centers, and self combustion Then one day, three neighborhood children vanish an incident based on a real case in Australia in the 1960s and Adrian comes to see just how tenuous his safety net is In speaking about Adrian, the author provocatively reveals parallels between herself and her character She says, Adrian is me in many respects, and many of the things that happen to him happened to me Sonya Hartnett s consistently inspired writing has built her a legion of devotees Of THURSDAY S CHILD, Newbery Honor winning author Carolyn Coman says, Hartnett s beautifully rendered vision drew me in from the very start and carried me along, above and under ground, to the very end This book amazed me The achingly beautiful WHAT THE BIRDS SEE has just as quickly garnered critical acclaim Notes PUBLISHERS WEEKLY in a starred review, Hartnett again captures the ineffable fragility of childhood in this keenly observed tale Sophisticated readers will appreciate the work s acuity and poetic integrity Sonya Hartnett s third young adult novel, STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLF was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.Sonya Hartnett lives near Melbourne, Australia Her most recent novels are SURRENDER, a mesmerizing psychological thriller, and THE SILVER DONKEY, a gently told fable for middle grade readers



10 thoughts on “The Silver Donkey

  1. says:

    This war story entertained and engaged both me and my little one with its straightforward approach to storytelling.Breakdown two little girls find a soldier in the woods who has deserted from the war Y know, cause it s hell and all This soldier has gone psychosomatically blind due to seeing too many horrors They make friends They share stories And they hatch a plan.Our favorite parts wer


  2. says:

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  3. says:

    simply magic the language makes you want to read it out loud poetry I especially enjoyed the tail of the donkey on the mountain and i found out later that it also includes a Christmas tale


  4. says:

    Apparently simple, but so beautifully done, with lovely and haunting writing There are some sad scenes some very sad but I thought it was really a very moving book Not everyone will agree with all the points, I think, but it was very touching and well done.


  5. says:

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  6. says:

    This imaginative book brings children into the history of WWI by introducing an unforgettable set of characters Hartnett takes a bleak setting and fills it with friendship, loyalty and imagination.


  7. says:

    Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor I had never read anything by this Australian author so I put in some reserveds at LAPL This was the first book to come through It is nearly an allegory, a story about an English soldier who has been blinded not by a physical wound but by the trauma of the sights he has seen in the tr


  8. says:

    I picked up a first edition, signed by the author, haven t read it yet but I love Sonya Hartnett and do think she is a seminal Australian writer, who will be remembered forever.


  9. says:

    I love this book It s a great and simple one to read between books or series, and I enjoy reading it in my spare time, as I have over the past few days It s a poignant and touching story, or rather, story of stories, that still warms my heart despite having read it twice before I highly recommend this to people of all ages it might be easy enough for a child to read, but the message behind it is one eve


  10. says:

    It wouldn t be something I would choose optionally, if I was told to read I would However, I still think this would make a good read if your bored or have spare time


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