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Janine M. Fraser
Childrens Author and Poet
Janine lives in Riddells Creek on the outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria with her husband.
Janines most recent novel for children is Sarindis Dragon Kite, published in September 2010 by, HarperCollins; the sequel to Sarindi and the Lucky Buddha and Sarindi and the Lucky Bird. All three stories are set in Indonesia.
In Sarindis Dragon Kite, its Sarindis birthday and he thinks he is the luckiest boy in the world when he wakes up to see at the end of his bed the multi-coloured Dragon Kite he wants more than anything else in the world. But later that day Sarindi wonders if luck has deserted them all. An earthquake has flattened the nearby town of Bantul, where Sardinis cousins live. Have they survived the earthquake? And will it ever be time again to fly his beautiful kite?
In Sarindi and the Lucky Buddha, Sarindis mother suddenly becomes ill. And when his mother is not getting well, he decides to visit every sacred place he knows, and prays for his mother's good health at each - because who knows which will turn her sickness away?
Here is a lovely story, imbued with warmth and understanding. It is simply told and enhanced by Elise Hursts delicate pencil drawings at each opening. It provides a moving picture od a loving family who, although they lack the possessions of our consumer society (taking his mother to the hospital could use all their savings), feel rich because they have each other.
~ Jo Goodman MAGPIES September 2009
Sarindi and the Lucky Bird was short listed for the 2002 Childrens Book Council Awards in the Younger Readers category. It was also awarded a Highly Commended Award in the Younger Readers Category in the Australian Family Therapists Book Awards, as well as being short listed in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards for 2002. Sarindi thinks that luck is like a mischievous monkey, playing hide-and-seek, and it seems to be hiding from Sarindi and his family. When Sarindis father has an accident and loses his job as a becak driver, he says they must go to the bird market and buy a Lucky Bird. Then perhaps their luck will change. So does the magical song of the Lucky Bird change their luck? ...Or do they make their own luck in the end?
In 1995, Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins) published Fair Go, a skinny book about a boy who enters a school beauty contest in order to win the prize, a set of superb coloured pencils. So he wont be laughed at, he convinces the other boys to support him in the name of equal opportunity! In 1996 HarperCollins published Abdullahs Butterfly, a beautifully written short novel introducing children to the cultural/family environment of a young boy who lives in an Asian rainforest area. Sally Mcinerney in The Sydney Morning Herald noted: a charming story ... gently illustrated by (Kim) Gambles pictures. Abdullah has been sold to the Spanish, Japanese and Korean markets.
Janine also writes poetry. Her poems have appeared in Antipodes, A North American Journal of Australian Literature.
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