her debut novel, Looking for Alibrandi, burst
onto the scene in 1992, the character of Josephine Alibrandi has
had a huge following among teenage and adult readers alike. Winner
of the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers in 1993, Melina
Marchetta's novel has remained on the bestseller lists ever since.
Looking for Alibrandi was released as a major
feature movie in 2000. Starring Greta Scacchi, Pia Miranda and
Anthony La Paglia, it received rave reviews and was a huge box
office success. Melina's screenplay was the winner of the Premier's
Literary Award and she also won the AFI Award for the Best Adapted
Screenplay, one of 5 awards received by the film.
2003 Melina's much anticipated second novel, Saving
released to critical acclaim and
went on to win the 2004 CBCA Book of the Year for Older
Readers. 2006 saw the release of On the Jellicoe Road, which went on to be shortlisted
in the Queensland Literary Awards and has now been awarded the prestigious 2009 Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. Melina’s latest book is Finnikin of the Rock, (delete released in September 2008) a fantasy novel which has won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel and also been shortlisted for the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Her next book, The Piper's Son, will be released in 2010.
More information at www.melinamarchetta.com.au
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