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No Such Country
     

No Such Country

by Gary Crew
 

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'A tale which will hold its listeners spellbound.' Kerry Green, SUNDAY REVIEW

When an archaeology student, hoping to learn about his Aboriginal heritage, comes to work near their isolated town, sixteen-year-old friends Sarah and Rachel discover why the man known as the Father has had such control over their lives.

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'A tale which will hold its listeners spellbound.' Kerry Green, SUNDAY REVIEW

When an archaeology student, hoping to learn about his Aboriginal heritage, comes to work near their isolated town, sixteen-year-old friends Sarah and Rachel discover why the man known as the Father has had such control over their lives.

Cut off from the world by sea and swamp, the people of New Canaan submit to the oppressive will of the enigmatic 'Father?. But when the signs appear, first in the sky, then in the sea, then in the trembling earth, there are two who know the Father's days are numbered ? Rachel Burgess and Sarah Goodwin, born only hours apart. Might they be the ones to drive the Father to his fall? Or might it be Sam Shadows, drawn into the net by some greater force? And so the mysteries of New Canaan, that other country, are revealed.

No Such Country is tale of discovery, adventure and suspense from award-winning author GARY CREW.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Crew's masterfully bizarre Strange Objects , this story devolves in the weird, sunblasted landscape of coastal Australia. This time, however, the author falters a bit in blending the paranormal with the prosaic, and his narrative swerves uneasily between a supernatural Down Under Handmaid's Tale and a somewhat predictable YA coming-of-age mystery. Strange signs, intelligible only to ``the Father,'' appear in New Canaan, culminating in Rachel's mother's death and the mute depression of the mother of best friend Sarah. Born on the same day and the loan female survivors of the town's ill-fated offspring, the girls are further united by their desire to escape the stultifying drudgery and subservience to the Father that are the lot of women in the isolated fishing village. Rachel befriends Sam Shadows, an anthropology student who, in exploring an aboriginal shell midden, uncovers secrets of the past that ignite an apocalyptic chain of events. Crew drops clues portentously, but the splendidly evoked setting takes the onus off the obvious plot machinations. Ages 12-up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Set in a small Australian fishing village, this thought-provoking tale probes religious fascism and genocide. A priest (known as the Father) generally controls the behavior of the inhabitants of New Canaan, but Rachel and Sarah, both 15, are suspicious of him. Rachel is also dismayed by the unwanted attention of a boy known as the Angel. He insists in a bullying manner that she belongs to him, an idea perpetuated by the Father. Enter Sam Shadows, a university student doing anthropological work at an aboriginal site nearby. His interest in the place is more than intellectual; raised in a home for boys, he is searching for clues about his mother, an aboriginal girl who came from New Canaan. He is aided by Rachel and Sarah, who have their own reasons for wanting to solve the mystery behind the power the Father wields over their village. The novel is compelling, though the Angel's malevolent character is underdeveloped. The text's overall freedom from Aussie slang increases its appeal, for this is a story that could take place in other settings, including the United States. A good candidate for discussion.-Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Mary Harris Veeder
New Canaan is an isolated Australian fishing village, its inhabitants dominated by the Father, the white-haired, white-robed religious leader. The men fish and drink, the women keep house and sort the catch, and there are few teenagers. Mysterious star signs, unexpected deaths, and Sam Shadows, a young stranger on a motorcycle, all seem to portend change. Friends Rachel and Sarah, both 16, are trying to figure out the meaning of their lives, while Sam has come on his motorcycle not only to research an Aboriginal site, but also to find answers about his own racially mixed parentage. The text is as strong on adolescent self-questioning as it is on Aboriginal history, and though the town's guilty secret belongs to realistic fiction, the discovery process contains elements that relate to fantasy. Richly mysterious, this may appeal to Stephen King fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780734412096
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
711 KB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Gary Crew is wellknown for his rich, multi-layered and intensely suspenseful bestselling novels for young adults, as well as his many picture books for younger readers. He is the only author to have won the CBC Book of the Year Award four times and his other awards include the NSW and Victorian Premier's Awards, the Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Writers Award (USA) and National Children's Book Award. A former high school English teacher, he is now Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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