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Multi-award-winning, a bestseller and made into an award-winning feature film, Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic.

Melina Marchetta's stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl's story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls' school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for.
A moving and revealing book, unusual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young person on the brink of adulthood. Multi-award-winning, a bestseller and made into an award-winning feature film, Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic.

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Awards and Recognition

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    1994
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards
    1994
    Shortlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • CROW Children's Choice Awards
    1994
    Shortlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    1994
    Shortlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards
    1995
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards
    2000
    Winner
    Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2001
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers

Also by Melina Marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
The Complete Lumatere Chronicles
Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's Classics
Quintana of Charyn
Froi of the Exiles
Gorgon in the Gully: Pocket Money Puffin
The Piper's Son
Finnikin of the Rock
On the Jellicoe Road
Saving Francesca