A film adaptation was made in 2000. Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. instead of saying they are American first. She earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the Australian Catholic University, and subsequently began teaching at St. Mary’s Cathedral College. Read in high school. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Although somewhat repetitive and overlong, this is a tender, convincing portrayal of a girl's bumpy ride through late adolescence. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. Sign up with your Facebookor Linkedin account, Please select at least one of the following options to continue. It was never a planned thing, I never thought ‘Okay, I want to write about this girl who meets this boy who doesn’t know what to do and takes his life’. Maybe at the time I could relate to Josie's anxiety and fears and insecureness more than I do now, but the book still is relevant and catching and thought-provoking in its way, and as a 25 years old I can now appreciate some sides of it that I totally missed when I was younger. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4, because this is a debut novel, with some unpolished parts, but for me it’s still way better than ~80% of what YA has to offer. It was probably one of my most emotional moments in this novel. It doesn't grab you by the throat and squeeze until you feel you're choking on emotion. Something went wrong. Melina Marchetta. I first read the book in Italian, more than 10 years ago, loved it a lot, and recently re-read it in the original version. A moving and revealing book, unusual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young person on the brink of adulthood. Just being from an Italian heritage sets Josephine up for scorn from her solidly Australian friends, and not having a father sets Josephine up for scorn from both her Australian friends and her Italian family. Shabby memory. In spite of my reservations I actually really enjoyed reading this book, although I couldn't help feeling that I probably should have read it in my teens. [for example Marcus Sanford and Nonna Katia's affair and John Barton's suicide, I think if I had read Looking for Alibrandi first, I would have given it five stars. I come across so many people who tell me they want to be a writer, and I just feel like saying to them, well go home and write. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. My blood is pretty watered down at this point—Irish, Swedish, German, Spanish…but it really doesn’t matter. This is evident in novels like Looking for Alibrandi, which focus on the experiences of an adolescent Italian-Australian girl who struggles to find herself while juggling her family, friends, and school.