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While I Live: The Ellie Chronicles | [John Marsden]

While I Live: The Ellie Chronicles

The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has re-commenced classes, and local farmers are gradually repossessing their land. But it's not the same Australia as before the war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it?
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The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has re-commenced classes, and local farmers are gradually repossessing their land. But it's not the same Australia as before the war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it?

For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war, the things she and Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do, all worthwhile. It's where she belongs. But the war won't let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It's a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn't always from the other side of the border.

©2003 Jomden Pty Ltd; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles, Ages 8+

"A brilliant, spirited, wonderfully written, extraordinary book." (Sunday Tasmanian)

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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-26-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-26-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Strength"

    Another installment of the John Marsden "tomorrow" series. I cannot comprehend why these have not been made into a film... We follow Ellie, our heroine from the war, as she tries to assimilate back into "normal" life after the war. Australia has been split and Ellie lives on the enemy border, where there is still hatred and fighting. After losses that bring her to the brink of her ability to survive, Ellie, once again stands up brushes herself off and gets back to the business of living. Independant and strong, Ellie works hard to do just that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09
    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09 Member Since 2009

    I'm an illustrator/concept artist currently living about an hour away from town via public transport. During these times, audiobooks, radioplays and podcasts are my best friends.

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    "action addict"

    I adore this series and I'm so glad that these chronicles have still kept the same spirit alive. I feel like I'm just as addicted to the action as the main character is and the only thing I didn't like was that the action ended about half way and the rest was all about fighting for Gavin. Still, I suppose it serves as a good resolution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The-Organist 11-12-06 Member Since 2006
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    "You DO get used to the lisp!"

    My first concern when listening to this recording was that I would have to cope with a difficult accent, made worse by the unclear diction and lisp. However, it took no time to get used to and I even believe that Ellie speaks like that now!

    Classic Marsden - great story and I'm looking forward to hearing the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey SuttonUnited Kingdom 06-05-05
    Lindsey SuttonUnited Kingdom 06-05-05
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    "Excellent, even if you havn't read the series"

    Ellie struggling to run the farm and get though school got my sympathy and attention straight away.I had read only the first of this series of books, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of this latest title. John Marsden is an excellent writer, capable of writing a real crossover book, as good for adults as for the teenagers.
    I was swept up in Ellie's world and cheering her on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim ormondAustralia 03-06-05
    Kim ormondAustralia 03-06-05
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    "What accent is it spoken in?"

    I'm surprised to see this is the ONLY John Marsden book available at this site. Without the back story of the 7 book "Tomorrow" series, this first book of the new post-war "Ellie Chronicles" may not make much sense to those not familiar with the story. However I am sure any fans of John Marsden's books will be glad to see at least one offering here.

    Disturbing though is the rather confusing accent the story is read in. I have only listened to the 9 minute sample but keeping in mind this is an Australian book with an Australian setting and an Australian heroine - there is a decided North American candence and twang to the reading. As I listen on some hints of Australian pronounciation become a bit more apparent, but so do elements of British pronouciation. The end result (as far as one can tell from the sample) is a mish-mash that detracts (at least for this antipodean reviewer) from the narrative.

    Aussie accents are notoriously hard to mimic (just ask Meryl Streep), I suspect the narrator IS Australian - but one who has lived in the US for many years. You can hear the twang in her voice. That "twang" makes the narrator NOT Ellie. To do these fantastic books justice (and audiophile should seek to get ALL the earlier series available on audio) they NEED to be told in a truly Australian voice.

    We don't ALL sound like Steve Irwin you know. :)

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    Guin Horsham, Australia 01-05-13
    Guin Horsham, Australia 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great follow on to the When the war begins series"

    Suzi Dougherty is great.
    Loved this book - Elle is amazing and inspiring with what she goes through.

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    "Good Story"

    More than one narrator would of been a better choice. Although great as Ellie, for Gavin and Homer it was a bad choice. Homer is greek, but sounds like he has a learning delay with no sign of accident and Gavin sounds girly. But still a good story to listen too.

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    "If you loved the tomorrow series you'll love this!"

    Both me and my husband loved the tomorrow series of books and this is the first of 3 in the follow ups, so of course we had to get this audio book. The best thing is they have used the same narrator which is good, although be warned its the last book with this narrator.



    This book is all from Elle, one of the main characters of the tomorrow series. Its great to hear what is happening now so its an enjoyable book. We won't say too much as we don't want to spoil the story for you, its good and with the characters you've grown to love over the tomorrow series.



    Still we can't help but think, should the author of done follow ups or left it where it ended in the tomorrow series. Don't get us wrong, this book is great and it is nice to know more but sometimes you do wonder, is it really?



    Great story though, enjoyed every moment and would happily recommend. As with the tomorrow series, these books are suitable for all and not just teenagers. We are both adults and thoroughly enjoyed all these books.

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