The Gift

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Random House Australia, 2001 - Australian fiction - 30 pages
I was the one left behind. All the kids in the town, all of them followed the Pied Piper. They went dancing behind him up the mountain path. A huge rock face opened wide and in they went behind the Pied Piper. I hurried to join them. I hurried as best I could, leaning on the stout stick my father had made me. I was not fast enough. The rock face closed before I could get there. But I had glimpsed an enchanted land. Rare birds and animals and fabulous trees and flowers and the strong perfume of springtime inside there ...

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About the author (2001)

Libby Hathorn was born Elizabeth Hathorn in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She was brought up in the Sydney suburbs of Maroubra and then Tamarama Beach. Hathorn received her eduation at Maroubra Junction Primary School, Sydney Girls High School, Balmain Teachers College, and Macquarie University. She's held past jobs as a lab assistant, teacher, teacher-librarian, senior education officer, producer, and antique-spotter. Hathorn's title, Way Home, was the recipient of the Kate Greenaway medal and has been translated into several languages. As well as her twenty fiction titles, Hathorn has also written educational books and video scripts currently in use in Australia and Canada. Several of her children's books have won awards in the Children's Book of the Year Awards, including The Tram to Bondi Beach and Thunderwith. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in the year 2003. Hallmark Hall of Fame made a movie of her bestselling young adult novel, Thunderwith, re-titled The Echo of Thunder. It starred Judy Davis, who was nominated for an Emmy Award. Hathorn has also been awarded a partnership grant with illustrator Celia Bride to work with Olivetti Australia to produce a hybrid CD/Internet project called The Wishing Cupboard based on an Asian tale.

Gregory Rogers was an Australian author and illustrator. He studied fine art at the Queensland College of Art and worked as a graphic designer after completing his studies. He was the first Australian to receive the Carnegie Medal, for Libby Hathorn¿s Way Home. Rogers was best known in the United States for his book, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Rogers died of stomach cancer in Brisbane on May 1. He was 55.

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