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Elemental Island

by Kathy Hoopmann and Judit Kiss Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Hbk 224 pages
AU$29.99 NZ$33.03
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This book has been awarded a silver medal in the Nautilus Awards - Middle Grade Fiction category. These prestigious awards recognise 'books that change the world'.  We share this honour with the likes of the Dalai Lama, Desmund Tutu and Malala Yousafzai.  Honorees for the Nautilus Awards are selected for their exceptional literary contributions to positive social change through books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens.


Astie has always been different. Her 12th birthday is looming and she still has not decided on her thesis. All the Learners at the Hub picked theirs years ago. If it wasn't for her cousin, Jakob, life would be unbearable on Elemental Island. On the verge of being diagnosed with Social Syndrome, she stumbles upon Danny who has landed in a forbidden flight machine. To protect him, Astie persuades Jakob to tamper with the Overseer's memory. On the run from the Monitors together, Astie calls on her unique qualities to forge a friendship with the stranger and discover his reason for coming to the island. What she finds will shake the foundations of the place she calls home.


Set on a secretive island utopia where science and logic rule, this intriguing novel explores and celebrates differences in people from an alternative perspective. It is engaging reading for children aged 8-14.


1. Blue and Wet Behind the Ears. 2. In Danger of Becoming Mildly Interesting. 3. But Flight is Forbidden. 4. If I Were a Zogart, No One in My Village Would Starve. 5. I Would Never Eavesdrop Whilst Hiding in the Cat Runs. 6. Elementally We Are All the Same. 7. The Boy Who Flew. 8. The Stranger in Shadows Who Called Me Sweetheart. 9. You Have Very Long Hair for a Boy. 10. Code Red One. 11. Fear of Butterflies in Surprisingly Common. 12. In the Air It Looks Like a Great Big Moth. 13. How to Immobilise an Overseer without Sheep Tackling Experience. 14. I'd Rather Fight a Bio Suit than a Scavenger Any Day. 15. Monitors Are Coming! 16. Cloud Surfing on the Run. 17. Stand By For an Unscheduled Calcast. 18. What Do You Know About the Off-Landers? 19. We've All Done Things We Regret. 20. Captured! 21. Danny and the Tiny Woman in the Window. 22. The Butterfly Kiss. 23. If Someone Betrays You, Punch Them on the Nose. 24. The Adventurers of Elemental Island.

This long and meaty sci-fi novel is full of imagination and interest, and its reversal of 'normality' means that readers with Asperger's will be able to relate happily to the majority of people on Elemental Island...a thought-provoking novel with lots to commend it, and it will be of real value to all those who feel themselves to be outsiders.
Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian author with a background in primary school teaching. After many years of working with children with Asperger Syndrome, she has a wonderful insight into the mindset of Aspies. Her sensitivity to their strengths and weaknesses, and her ability to encapsulate these within her literature, has made her a household name within the Asperger community. She is the author of fifteen books for children and teenagers. Her best known work, All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, Haze, Lisa and the Lacemaker, Of Mice and Aliens and Blue Bottle Mystery, are all published by JKP. To find out more about Kathy and her writing visit href=www.kathyhoopmann.com>www.kathyhoopmann.com.


Judit Kiss is prose editor at Frostwriting. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oslo and a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She the winner of the 2013 In Our Own Words competition and her work has been performed at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Judit lives in Hungary.