Click on the above picture to take you to Morris' full length biography... And click on the below picture to give you an insight into our author's process and thoughts with our new book 'Boy Overboard'.
Answer the following questions about our author and the book you are about to read:
1. How does Morris Gleitzman's come up with his characters? (Two reasons) 2. Give three points of view that the media painted of the boat people from Morris' eyes. 3. What did Morris find unfair? (full detail) 4. What does Gleitzman call this type of politically hyped media story? 5. Why is the story called 'Boy Overboard'? 6. How many books has M.G. written and published altogether? 7. Apart from being an author, what other roles/occupations has Gleitzman undertaken in his career? 8. Name five countries Morris' books have been published in... 9. How old is M.G. this year? 10. Find the year that M.G. wrote his first 'children's novel'.
Synopsis and Book Trailer Teasers...
Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.
Jamal loves playing football, which isn't easy if your goalie only has one leg and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back.
Jamal's stubborn little sister Bibi is even better at football than Jamal. But girls playing football is against the law in Afghanistan.
When it is discovered that Jamal's mother has been secretly running a school, the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia.
Will the children survive separation from their parents and everything and everyone they have ever known??? Will Australia be as inviting as what they had imagined???
Read on to find out...
What is your background or prior knowledge on 'Boat People' or 'Refugee's in general?
Task: In partners, research the below questions. You will be presenting your findings to a group.
Landmine Research Task
Education for Girls- Research Task
Malala Yousafzai- Activist for Girls Education
Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years-old, the Taliban attempted to stop Malala in her tracks, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world.
Click on Malala's story to find out about her story through timeline...
Malala News Story
Malala's Noble Peace Prize Speech
Task: Using one of the templates below, you are to re-create a from the book that spoke to you. A scene that may have made you feel strong emotions, connect with a character or it may have taught you something that you did not already know.
Choose your template wisely and make sure that all parts from the scene you are depicting includes each character and event.
You will need to use your SUMMARISING skills for this activity and break your important scene down into parts that are integral to the scene and the storyline.
The viewer or reader of your comic must know exactly what is going on with your drawings and speech used.