By (author) Barry Jonsberg
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Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg
Book DescriptionFrom the author of The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull and It's not all about YOU, Calma comes an intense, confronting, unforgettable novel to challenge our assumptions about bullying, coping strategies and mental health.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741144611
(195mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: Australia
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Author Biography - Barry Jonsberg
Barry Jonsberg is an English teacher, originally from the UK but a resident of Darwin since 1999. He has two degrees in English and was Head of Department at the South Cheshire College in Crewe, Cheshire, UK. His first book for young adults, The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull, was published by Allen + Unwin in 2004 to much acclaim, and its sequel, It's not all about YOU, Calma, (2005) won the 2006 South Australian Festival Award for Children's Literature.
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