Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road (published as On the Jellicoe Road in Australia), The Lumatere Chronicles
Melina Marchetta is an Australian young adult author and former English and History teacher. Her first two novels were awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year, and in 2009 she received the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz award for Jellicoe Road. Her first fantasy novel, Finnikin of the Rock, received Australia’s Aurealis Fantasy Award and the Australian Book Industry Award.
Looking for Alibrandi was adapted to film in 2000, and there is hope (fingers crossed!!) that a Marchetta-scripted Jellicoe Road movie will start filming in 2015.
For more details and unabashed praise of Melina Marchetta’s novels check out our Recommended Reading post.