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Countdown to Yesterday

Shirley Marr

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From the incredible mind of multi-award-winning Australian children's author Shirley Marr comes a beautiful story for young readers about memories, family, friendship, The Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book, David Bowie and time travel!

James wishes he could go back in time. Back to when his mum and dad were together, when he had one home, when his family laughed and climbed hills and went to the movies.

After meeting the enigmatic Yan, a girl who looks at the world differently, James discovers time travel might not be impossible after all.

But if James can live forever in one of his six favourite memories, which one will he choose?

'One part time travel, two parts cake and a whole lot of nostalgia . . . it's impossible not to love this book.' REECE CARTER, author of A Girl Called Corpse

'This smart, lively, retro-cool book about looking back, falling forward and changing your own story will leave you smiling.' FIONA HARDY, CBCA Notable author of How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

'A sweet story about love and loss, with a twist that will hit you hard.' OLIVER PHOMMAVANH, CBCA Notable author of What About Thao?

In a place where retro Australian Woman's Weekly birthday cakes, old Commodore computers, chaotic rideshare vehicles of the future and spacemen all collide, Countdown to Yesterday is a contemporary novel touched with philosophical and science fiction ideas for young readers.

Imprint:   Puffin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9781761340598
ISBN 10:   176134059X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Shirley Marr is a first-generation Chinese Australian living in Perth and an author of young adult and children's fiction, including YA novels Fury and Preloved, and children's novels Little Jiang, A Glasshouse of Stars, All Four Quarters of the Moon and Countdown to Yesterday. She describes herself as having a Western mind and an Eastern heart. She likes to write in the space in the middle where they both collide, basing her stories on her own personal experiences of migration and growing up in Australia, along with the folk and fairy tales from her mother. Arriving in mainland Australia from Christmas Island as a seven-year-old in the 1980s and experiencing the good, the bad and the wonder that comes with culture shock, Shirley has been in love with reading and writing from that early age. Shirley is a universe full of stars and stories and hopes to share the many other novels that she has inside her.

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