One Minute's Silence
A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the Australian and Turkish battle at Gallipoli On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, David Metzenthen asks, "What is the true meaning of remembering?" This is a powerful and moving picture book for older readers about the "one minute's silence" observed in Australia on Remembrance Day, and what Gallipoli means to Australians in this context. By showing both sides of the conflict—Aussie and Turk—he encourages readers to think about all those who have fallen, and by using this iconic battle—one of the few to have brought two nations closer together—he suggests another perspective on Gallipoli. Michael Camilleri's extraordinary illustrations enhance the reader's experience.
Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2015 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2015. Shortlisted for Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration 2015.
." . . a very moving and powerful reflection on the meaning of Remembrance Day, which is brought to life by Michael Camilleri's incredible pencil drawings." -Literacy, Families and Learning blog
David Metzenthen is the much acclaimed, awarded, loved and respected author of over 30 books, and his most recent book for teenagers, Jarvis 24, was the winner of the CBC Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2010. He has a knack for getting inside the head of his young male protagonists, and for addressing topics that are quintessentially Australian. Michael Camilleri is a Melbourne artist and comic-book illustrator whose work was published in our Tango collection; he also illustrated The Devil You Know by Leonie Norrington.