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Nitty Gritty 0: The Ninth Dragon

Melaina Faranda

Nitty Gritty 0: The Ninth Dragon

By Melaina Faranda
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Overview
Author
Melaina Faranda
Edition
1st
ISBN
9781442541320
Published Date
14/02/2011

The dragon was carved from a gleaming white stone. Its tiny scales shimmered and its curled eagle claws were sharper than the point on a lead pencil. It had a head like a camel, the ears of a cow and the body of a snake . . .

Zac's mum has landed the job of a lifetime – working with ancient relics at a museum in China. And now Zac has to join her over the holidays. Zac had planned to be hanging out with his friends, surfing and riding the new skate park down the road. Now he'll be stuck in freezing cold, deadly boring China. But, after Zac finds a mysterious carved dragon at the airport in Beijing, the trip takes a strange turn. It might not be such a lame holiday after all . . .

Biography

Australian author Melaina Faranda is a prolific writer of books for young people. She is the author of an international young adult series, The Circle, and published a further nine titles in 2009. She is also an English teacher and has taught and given creative writing workshops in schools throughout Australia and the UK.

Features
What Nitty Gritty brings to your classroom:
  • High interest, rich texts with themes relevant and of interest to young adolescents
  • Stimulating and engaging discussion prompts, and activities focusing on key critical literacy areas including author purpose, power of language, characterisation, bias, point of view and more.
  • Cutting-edge design and text layout to engage young adult readers
  • Text written by a range of local and international authors including Diana Noonan, Jillian Sullivan, William Taylor, Stu Duval, Tina Shaw, John Lockyer, Glynne MacLean and more
  • a range of genres: mystery, adventure, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and contemporary fiction
  • Different social and cultural perspectives, strong themes and messages to spark discussion. and encourage the questioning, challenging and deconstructing of texts
  • Gatefold back covers with critical literacy discussion prompts for literature circles.
Target audience
Suitable for upper primary.