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Bright Star

Bright Star

A young girl seeks to emulate John Tebbutt and break away from the stereotyping that would prevent her from pursuing her interest in science and astronomy. When she meets Tebbutt her life is changed forever.

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ISBN 9780850917376
Published 1 September 1996 by Hachette
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Crew, Gary
Illustrated by Spudvilas, Anne

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ISBN-13 9780850917376
ISBN-10 0850917379
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Lothian Children's Books
Publication Date 1 September 1996
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Crew, Gary
Illustrated by Spudvilas, Anne
Category Science Fiction
Interest Age 8-11 years
Reading Age 2-12 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Height: 280mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Dewey Code 823
Catalogue Code 10082

Description of this Book

A young girl seeks to emulate John Tebbutt a nd break away from the stereotyping that would prevent her f rom pursuing her interest in science and astronomy. When she meets Tebbutt her life is changed forever. '

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Awards & Reviews

US Review Alicia, growing up in the 19th century on an Australian dairy farm, rankles at the restrictions placed on girls. Her brothers are like swallows, she thinks, free to come and go as they please - while she is like one of the cows plodding through a life of chores, cooking, and needlework. Alicia gazes out at the heavens at night and dreams of the mysteries of space. Much happier are her days at school, where she's particularly good at math and science. When John Tebbut, an amateur astronomer who discovered the Great Comet of 1861, comes to speak, he recognizes Alicia's intelligence and invites her to visit his observatory. Alicia's father is characteristically silent about his daughter's gifts and the invitation, but when the men and boys are asleep, Alicia's mother takes her to look through the Star Man's telescope. Alicia takes a look at the heavens, and suddenly feels her horizons expand. This lovely book, based on an actual historical figure, doesn't feel like a lesson, though it contains all the elements of one. Instead, Crew (Angel's Gate, 1995, etc.) focuses on a child's dreams and the moment when she realizes that her fate is in her hands. Spudvilas's glowing oil paintings capture Alicia's expressions, conveying, with the text, a message of affirmation. (Kirkus Reviews)

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