Wed, 20 May | Better Read Than Dead

CANCELLED - Danielle Binks - The Year the Maps Changed

Join us for the launch of Danielle Binks's 'The Year the Maps Changed', a wonderful and timely coming-of-age story inspired by true events about the bonds of family, the weight of grief, and the power of compassion. Danielle is joined in conversation by Will Kostakis.
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CANCELLED - Danielle Binks - The Year the Maps Changed

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20 May 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Join us for the launch of Danielle Binks's The Year the Maps Changed, a wonderful and timely coming-of-age story inspired by true events about the bonds of family, the weight of grief, and the power of compassion. 

Danielle is joined in conversation by Will Kostakis in what is sure to be an illuminating and entertaining discussion of The Year the Maps Changed as well as the craft of writing stories for younger readers.  

 

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

 

About the Book

I was twelve when everything started and thirteen by the end. But that's another way maps lie, because it felt like the distance travelled was a whole lot further than that.

Sorrento, Victoria – 1999. Fred's family is a mess. Fred's mother died when she was six and she's been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop is at the Rye Rehabilitation Centre recovering from a fall; Luca's girlfriend, Anika, has moved in; and Fred's just found out that Anika and Luca are having a baby of their own. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the map.

But even as the world feels like it's spinning out of control, a crisis from the other side of it comes crashing in. When 400 Kosovar-Albanian refugees arrive in the middle of the night to be housed at one of Australia's 'safe havens' on an isolated headland not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family, as she navigates one extraordinary year that will change them all.

Praise

‘This timely and beautiful story shows the very heart of what it is to be human and reveals the invisible lines of kindness and empathy that connect us all. It reminds us of the great risks we take for those we love as well as the small but vital acts of human kindness.’  - Sally Rippin.

'A brilliant gem that will make you see the world - and your place in it - in a new way.' - Emily Gale.  

 

About the Author

Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. 

The Year the Maps Changed is Danielle's debut middle-grade novel.

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