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  • Published: 5 October 1992
  • ISBN: 9780140360462
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $26.00

Looking for Alibrandi




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.

  • Pub date: 5 October 1992
  • ISBN: 9780140360462
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. The companion novel to Marchetta’s award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

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Awards & Recognition

  • 3M Talking Book Award-NSW

    Winner • 1993 • Talking Book

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Winner • 1993 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1993 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • KROC Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1993 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

    Winner • 1994 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1994 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • CROW Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1994 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1994 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards

    Winner • 1995 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards

    Winner • 2000 • Older Readers

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2001 • Fiction for Older Readers


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