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Jeffrey, Belinda

BelindaJeffrey is the author of the much acclaimed novels Brown Skin Blue and BigRiver, Little Fish. Her short story, TheHallelujah Roof, was also published in the One Book, Many Brisbanesanthology. She has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award, the QueenslandPremier’s Award and the Western Australian Premier’s Award. 

<#InMedia#>Praise for Big River, Little Fish

‘With mesmerising yet austere prose, strong characters, and a tangible sense of place, Jeffrey's novel is compelling Australian fiction.’
Age: Pick of the Week, September 2010

Big River, Little Fish was a wonderful experience of immersion; in a time, a place and a feeling. I was right there on the Murray in 1956 waiting for the levee to break; I felt as though I could see inside the heart and mind of every expertly drawn character. This is a quintessential Australian novel which I would recommend without reservation to adults and teens alike. I didn’t want this book to end. It was beautiful.’
Emma, Dymocks – Melbourne CBD, August 2010

Big River, Little Fish's richly drawn characters and the story of their lives set during the Murray River flood of 1956 will resonate with readers long after the river peaks, and water levels subside.’ Lakelander, August 2010

‘The story is lyrically told, the characters are strongly realised and there is a remarkable twist to the end.’ Pittwater Life, September 2010

‘Belinda Jeffrey's metaphors and amazing descriptions render this story evocative, beautiful, raw and totally engrossing. This is a remarkable book, and a must-read for all.’ Bean There, Read That, September 2010

‘All in all, compelling themes, engaging characters, driving action and supple writing combine to make Big River, Little Fish a thoroughly satisfying experience.’
Magpies, September 2010

Big River, Little Fish is as deep, powerful and unpredictable as the Murray River, which provides the backdrop, the catalyst and the resolution for this amazing story.’
Boomerang Books, September 2010

Praise for Brown Skin Blue

‘From the very first subdued but loaded sentence, Jeffrey reels in her audience. The tone is bold, startling and brave ... A powerful contribution to juvenile fiction.’ Australian Book Review, Jul/Aug 2009

'This first novel is disarming and yet confronting. The voice is strong, light and free on the page with poetic prose, superb characters and a fast-moving storyline.' Good Reading, August 2009

'A compelling story, powerfully told.' Nick Earls

'This is an exceptionally well-written story about the search for a boy’s identity.' JUNIOR BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER, May 2009

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Big River, Little Fish

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From the moment Tom Downs was born backwards - the moment of his mother's death - time has held him the wrong way round, like he's caught inside a fractured story. But the thing about Tom's town flooding, and the thing that takes him by suprise is not what Old Mother Murray takes away, but who she brings back. The compelling and highly anticipated novel from Belinda Jeffrey, author of Brown Skin Blue.


Brown Skin Blue

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My mum’s skin is white, my skin is brown and I have a blue birthmark. Two secrets rule my life. One is something I need to know and the other is something I need to forget. They won’t let me go.


It Wasn't Me!

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From much-loved Australian YA author, Belinda Jeffrey comes her first picture book full of adventure and mayhem!


One Long Thread

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Ruby and Sally Moon are twins, cut from the same cloth but as different as night and day. While Sally is bold and adventurous, Ruby is quiet and creative. When divorce splits their family in two, and Sally moves with their mother to the Northern Territory, Ruby holds onto the thought that one day her family will be complete again.