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  • Published: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009, c2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 92 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1100

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780545055871
  • 0545055873
  • 9780545055888 (pbk.)
  • 0545055881 (pbk.)


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Tales from outer suburbia

by Tan, Shaun.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor

Additional Details

"Published by Arthur A. Levine Books ... by arrangement with Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd."--P. [2].

Water buffalo -- Eric -- Broken toys -- Distant rain -- Undertow -- Grandpa's story -- No other country -- Stick figures -- Nameless holiday -- Amnesia machine -- Alert but not alarmed -- Wake -- Make your own pet -- Our expedition -- Night of the turtle rescue.

Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.

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visually compelling

This is a series of short stories with amazing, complex illustrations. It is really visually compelling, and the stories are interesting in their own right. My favorite was Distant Rain, while my 11yo son especially liked the ending of our expedition. And the water buffalo who gives advice? I wish we had one on our street!

After you read the book, go to Shaun Tan's web site and read his explanations about each story as you re-read it. ( http://www.shauntan.net/ )

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