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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
Books for History Teachers
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

    Multi-award-winning writer Norman Jorgensen was born in Broome and lived a happy, Huckleberry Finn-like childhood. He has worked in the book trade for much of his life, and in his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs. He now lives in a hundred-year-old house near the city with his wife, Jan Nicholls, a children’s book devotee. Norman began writing when in primary school and had a story read on the ABC Radio Argonauts Club, but it took many years before his first picture book, In Flanders Fields, beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, was published. Norman has since published three novels – Jack’s Island, The Smuggler’s Curse and his latest, The Wreckers’ Revenge – and two picture books with local illustrator James Foley – The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns. Read more