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Jack's Island

Written by Norman Jorgensen


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Jack’s family is based on Rottnest Island during WWII while his father helps build an airfield. Jack and his best friend Banjo have the run of the island and a remarkable knack for getting into trouble — but as Jack says, ’I’m not that bad, I just get caught a lot!’ Dafty, a simple but loveable young boy, dotes on Banjo and Jack. When Dafty seeks revenge against the local schoolmaster for a punishment inflicted on Banjo, life suddenly becomes more serious. This poignant, multi-layered text offers young readers a valuable insight into life in Australia during the war.

‘This accomplished writer tells a good tale. The cheeky but lovable characters are woven well into a riveting story-line with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story. [Four stars out of five]’ Good Reading Magazine

‘Sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always enthralling.’ School Matters

‘I took heart in the real and secure place that family occupies in this novel.’ Australian Book Review

‘an insightful perspective of life on the Australian home front as seen through the eyes of its unruly narrator.’ Canberra Times


Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (Winner 2009)
Western Australian Premier’s Award (Shortlisted 2008)

ISBN 9781921361197 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Anzac and War
Children's ebooks
Fiction for Middle Readers
Young Adult
Award Winning
Pages 224
Publication Year 2008
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Norman jorgensen

    Norman Jorgensen

    Norman was born in Broome in 1954, the eldest of four brothers, and lived in several country towns throughout Western Australia during his childhood. At the age of ten his family moved to Kalamunda, in the hills above Perth. Norman became an avid reader after being given The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton at age seven. He spends his spare time reading and watching old movies and enjoys travelling, woodworking and photography. Read more