The Silver Donkey
Another enchanting novel from acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett. The soldier unfurled his fingers and held up the thing that he had hidden in his palm. The object caught the light and threw it sparkling into the trees. The girls drew a breath, their hearts leaping. There, on the so... read full description below.
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Another enchanting novel from acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett. Author winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2002 for Thursday's Child. Author in print by Walker Books. The soldier unfurled his fingers and held up the thing that he had hidden in his palm. The object caught the light and threw it sparkling into the trees. The girls drew a breath, their hearts leaping. There, on the soldier's palm, stood a shining silver donkey. One bright spring morning in the woods of France, a soldier, blinded by the war, is found by a little girl named Coco, and her older sister Marcelle. In return for their kindness, the soldier tells the sisters marvelous tales, each story connected to the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a perfect, tiny silver donkey. As the days pass and they struggle in secret to help the soldier reach home, Coco and Marcelle learn the truth behind the silver donkey, and what the precious object means: honesty, loyalty, and courage.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Younger Readers 2005
Winner of The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award Younger Readers 2009
||The Silver Donkey is a gorgeous jewel of a book... It will be a children's classic. - The Age ... outstanding in every way. Precise, sensual, wise, heroic, witty - a tale of growth and selflessness. - Magpies Magazine
Over the past decade this prolific author has produced a string of engrossing tales. Born in Melbourne, Hartnett was 13 when she wrote her first novel, Trouble All The Way, and it was published when she was 15. This child prodigy is now a mature and polished writer in her mid-30s with over a dozen published bocks to her credit. Hartnett's works have won numerous awards, including shortlistings for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers in both 1999 and 2000, and a shortlisting for the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary award. In 2002 Sonya won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2002 for Thursday's Child.